The Kansas Book Festival is an annual event that showcases current authors and books and promotes the importance of reading to Kansans. The 2012 festival will be Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka. The event is free and open to the public.
Designed for Kansans of all ages, the festival celebrates the best of literature and offers a variety of activities including meet-the-author sessions, panel discussions, book signings and sales, and a special area with projects for children. The festival also offers a vendor section of authors, publishers, bookstores, food items, and other goods.
Started in 2011 by Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback, the first festival had more than 30 participating authors its inaugural year. The book festival organization also awards grants to public and school libraries across the state to supplement their books, reading programs and technology. The first grants, totaling $13,000, were awarded to 16 libraries across the state in March 2012.