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More than 2,000 join First Lady for 2013 Kansas Book Festival

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FROM THE OFFICE OF KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK

More than 2,000 join First Lady for 2013 Kansas Book Festival

Topeka More than 2,000 book enthusiasts joined Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback for the 2013 Kansas Book Festival at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. 

"I want to extend my deepest thanks to the excellent authors who took part in the festival, the adults and children who took time on this beautiful Saturday to come out and enjoy the event, and all of our amazing sponsors who helped make this event possible," First Lady Brownback said.

In total, more than 25 authors participated in the 2013 Kansas Book Festival, including Frank White, Larry Welch, Joel Rosenberg and many of the 2013 Kansas Notable Book winners.

"The State Library is pleased to be part of the Kansas Book Festival and will continue to support this in any way we can.  It is a wonderful way to promote the love of reading and lifelong learning by bringing authors, publishers and readers together," said State Librarian Jo Budler.

During the book festival, the First Lady assisted the Kansas State Library in recognizing the 2013 Kansas Notable Books by presenting awards to their authors. The Kansas Notable Book Award is the only award for books either written by Kansans or that have a Kansas connection. The winners this year are:

  • Lisa Harkrader: The Adventures of Beanboy
  • Larry Welch: Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK
  • David Simmonds: Blackbear Bosin: Keeper of the Indian Spirit
  • Laura Moriarty: The Chaperone: A Novel
  • Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History
  • Jean Edward Smith: Eisenhower in War and Peace
  • Kevin G. W. Olson: Frontier Manhattan" Yankee Settlement to Kansas Town, 1854-1894
  • Jake Vail, Doug Hitt and Lisa Grossman: A Kansas Bestiary
  • Caroline Starr Rose: May B.: A Novel
  • Israel Wasserstein: This Ecstasy They Call Damnation: Poems
  • Arnold Bauer: Time's Shadow: Remembering a Family Farm in Kansas
  • Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg: To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices
  • Debra McArthur: A Voice for Kanzas
  • Larry Bjornson: Wide Open
  • Alex Grecian: The Yard


The Kansas Book Festival is a 501(c)3 organization established through the Topeka Community Foundation. The book festival organization will award grants to public and school libraries across the state that can be used to supplement their books, reading programs, and technology.

The following sponsors made the 2013 Kansas Book Festival possible:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Security Benefit
  • First Edition Sponsors: Cox Communications, Westar Energy, Spirit Aerosystems, Kansas Lottery
  • Collector Sponsor: USD 437
  • Best Seller Sponsors: Washburn University Mabee Library, Kent & Susan Garlinghouse
  • Bookworm Sponsor: Drs. Hamilton And Wilson Orthodontics, Cook, Flatt And Strobel Engineers, Foulston Siefkin LLP, Kansas Star Casino
  • In-Kind Sponsors: WIBW, Parrish Hotels, Downtown Topeka Inc., Kansas History Museum, Ogden Publications
  • Official Bookseller: Town Crier (Emporia)

The 2014 Kansas Book Festival will take place on September 13, 2014 at the Kansas State Capitol.

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