Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Book Festival for Kansas announced

Isn't this cool?

KANSAS BOOK FESTIVAL TO MAKE DEBUT IN WICHITA
September 29-30, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium



Created to showcase our state's rich literary talent is the first-ever Kansas Book Festival, Celebrating Books, Art & Kansas Heritage. This festive, family-friendly event will be held 9 am. - 3 pm Friday, September 29, 2006 and 9 am - 5 pm. Saturday, September 30, 2006 in Wichita and is free and open to the public.



"The Kansas Book Festival will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance cultural appreciation and awareness within our state," said Governor Kathleen Sebelius. "Literature, art and music are an important part of our history, and the Book Festival will allow Kansans to reflect on our heritage and appreciate our past."



The festival will celebrate Kansas by exploring the books, arts, films, and history of this great state! The three stages will showcase continuous performances, readings, and workshops. A special activities area will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students and families.



Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with noted Kansas authors; listen to traditional music; enjoy cowboy poetry and western literature; hear stories of haunted Kansas; experience American Indian storytelling; meet characters from Kansas' literary and historic past; attend tributes to Gordon Parks, Langston Hughes, and other great Kansans; play games; and participate in hands-on activities.



The State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library will host a large pavilion under canvas with informational booths, bookseller vendor booths, and author appearances. Visitors will have the opportunity to chat with authors and have books autographed.



Friday events will emphasize education and entertainment activities, especially for school. The "Black, White, and READ All Over Ball" will honor notable Kansas authors on Friday evening at Exploration Place. Saturday events include the announcement of 2005 Notable Book Awards.



The 2006 Kansas Book Festival is the signature event of the Countdown to Kansas Statehood and is produced by the Governor's Cultural Affairs Council and the Kansas Center for the Book in cooperation with state and local organizations.



For more information about the 2006 Kansas Book Festival, visit www.kansasbookfestival.ks.gov or the Kansas Center for the Book at http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/kcfb/ or 1-800-432-3919.



Kim Harp, Legislative Reference

State Library of Kansas

300 SW 10th Ave Rm 343-N

Topeka, KS 66612

785-296-2149

Legislative Hotline: 800-432-3924

http://www.kslib.info/ref/



I am really looking forward to this... Kansas has some wonderful authors. Kudos to the Center for the Book, KS, for getting this underway.

Micaela

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