Kansas Book Festival, a “novel” idea

Fatima Oubaid, [email protected], is a junior mass media major.

The third annual Kansas Book Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the State Capitol and on the Statehouse Grounds.

This year the festival will have two groups of authors, presenting authors and vendor authors. The presenting authors consist of 27 recently published authors who will give presentations about their most recent work in the Capitol building. The vendor authors will be at different booths on the Statehouse Grounds answering questions, signing and selling their books.

“This was a project initiative that Mary Brownback started,” said Karen Taylor, Kansas Book Festival committee member. “She loved reading and thought it was important to encourage people to read.”

The Book Festival was designed to educate the community about different authors so everyone can have a chance learn about an author they have never heard of before.

“We have some really good authors this year and a wide variety,” said Taylor. “I think anyone that goes will definitely find at least one thing that interests them, if not several.”

There will also be different organizations such as the Kansas Writers’ Association, Rowe Publishing, the University Press of Kansas and more. This will be a good opportunity for anyone who has never written a book but is interested in doing so.

Admission to the Book Festival is free and open to the public. It will be located on the east side entrance of the Capitol Building.

For a complete list of vendors and a schedule of presenting authors, visit www.kansasbookfestival.com.