The inaugural Kansas Book Festival is set for Saturday in Topeka.
The event, which is the brainchild of Kansas first lady Mary Brownback, will be from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kansas State Historical Society.
David Eisenhower will discuss the book he co-wrote with his wife, Julie Nixon Eisenhower. “Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969” is about David Eisenhower’s grandfather.
Eisenhower is among about 30 authors expected to present at the festival. In addition, musicians are slated to entertain festivalgoers. The authors are from Kansas or have a strong Kansas connection.
The festival also will honor Kansas authors with a presentation of 2011 Kansas Notable Book Awards, which are given out every year to 15 authors of fiction, children’s books, nonfiction and poetry. Brownback will hand out the awards.
The first lady established the festival as a nonprofit organization, with the goal of it becoming a self-sufficient organization within a few years and a source for grants to school and public libraries in Kansas.
For a full schedule of events, visit kansasbookfestival.com.