Kan. First Lady announces Kansas Book Festival presenting Authors

Children from the Topeka YWCA Kids Quest program listen to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback read a children's book to them Thursday, May 30, 2013, in the State Library in Topeka, Kan. Brownback is launching the Read Kansas Read program, designed to encourage students to continue reading while on summer break. (AP Photo/John Milburn)
Children from the Topeka YWCA Kids Quest program listen to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback read a children's book to them Thursday, May 30, 2013, in the State Library in Topeka, Kan. Brownback is launching the Read Kansas Read program, designed to encourage students to continue reading while on summer break. (AP Photo/John Milburn)

Topeka – Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback announced the third annual Kansas Book Festival will take place at the Kansas Capitol Building on Saturday, September 7th. The festival will showcase current authors and books and will promote the importance of reading. It is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 30 authors will take part in the festival, most notably former Kansas City Royals player Frank White, who will be talking about My Team, My Town, My Time. Several authors will be discussing their latest books, including Joel Rosenberg, Alex Grecian and Larry Berman. Local favorites include Gary Krohe, Larry Welch, and Deb Goodrich Bisel.

“Our mission is to promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading,” Mary Brownback said. “This year the Kansas Book Festival has put together a great lineup of authors and activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Kansas Book Festival is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday together.”

Along with the author presentations there will be book signings, outdoor entertainment, and activities for children of all ages. The presentation for the Kansas Notable Book award winners will also take place at the event.

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