Susanna Pitzer, left, of New York, reads the book "Lilly's Big Day" to an audience during the River City Reading Festival at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Pitzer, who is originally from Lawrence, said she came back to Kansas to participate in reading festivals in Lawrence and Kansas City and help with the Seem-To-Be Players' production of "Cats and Bats" at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Carolyn Bandle, 13, bottom right, paints 13-year-old Amanda Fevurly's face, bottom left, while Elena Auer, middle right, paints four-year-old Tate Alexander's face Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007 at the River City Reading Festival at the Lawrence Arts Center. In the background, Cris Bandle reads "The Fiery Cross," by Diana Gabaldon. They are all from Lawrence.
Robert Collins, left, of Andover, talks with author Scott Phillips, of St. Louis, at the River City Reading Festival. Phillips has written the novels "The Ice Harvest," "The Walkaway" and "Cottonwood," as well as numerous short stories. The event was Oct. 14 at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Morgan Crabtree, 6, Sheri Crabtree and Laura Crabtree, 9, all of Lawrence, talk with Joyce Davis, Emporia, about the William Allen White Children's Book Awards on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007 at the Lawrence Arts Center. The program allows youth to read from a selection of books and vote on their favorite on a yearly basis.
Angel Lang, 7, of Lawrence, poses with Lilly, a character that appears in children's books by Kevin Henkes. They attended the inaugural River City Reading Festival, which featured workshops, seminars and appearances by authors - including a keynote speech and book signing by PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer. The event was Oct. 14 at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Lisa Harkrader, author of "Airball: My Life in Briefs," attended the River City Reading Festival on Oct. 14. Harkrader's book won the 2006 Juvenile Literary Award from the Friends of American Writers and was selected as a Kansas Notable Book. She lives in Tonganoxie.
Gary Lechliter, Lawrence, was one of the writers on hand for the River City Reading Festival, which was Oct. 14 at the Lawrence Arts Center. Lechliter, who has received the Langston Hughes Award for poetry and the David Ray Award, holds his recent book of poetry, "Under the Fool Moon."