The Capital hosts 9th annual Kansas Book Festival

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Published: Sep. 14, 2019 at 9:31 PM CDT
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Though adding new books to the collection was the main focus, the festival had more to offer this year.

"We decided to spend time focusing on the process of writing and writers," Executive Director of Kansas Book Festival, Sarah Shipman said. "So, we have a panel about editing and how to prepare your manuscript for editing and the importance of an editor. We also have a panel discussion on play writing and, we are doing a book club for the first time ever, called our Kansas Reads Book Club."

From entertainment to children activities, there was a variety of things to choose from.

"We got everything from kids books to cookbooks, history, fiction, non-fiction, biography, anything your looking for we've got something here you'll find," Shipman said.

Also, it included a diverse selection of authors sharing their own stories.

"I'm legally blind and I chosen to live an unorthodox lifestyle, I raised registered Nubian goats. I wanted to share the stories of doing all that stuff with an audience and everyone loves good animal stories," author Reyna Bradford said.

Steve Physioc, a KC Royals sports announcer was excited about making his first appearance in the Kansas Book Festival to discuss his newest book.

"I love the written word and thats what inspired me to write the Walls of Luca. It was a delight to write and I been inspired of the success of the two books," Physioc said.

There was something special to Steve about returning to Kansas and being surrounded by writers who enjoys this different type of story-telling.

"I enjoy reading those who can write in a way that inspires, that moves you emotionally with just words, and with just ink on piece of paper. It's great to share that with other people who share your same passion," Physioc said.

About 45 authors were in the book festival Saturday that included previous and new authors. They look forward to celebrating their 10th anniversary next year.