The Prairie Book Festival is back – now under the name of Cow Creek Book Festival. The event happens this Saturday, March 31, at the Hutchinson Public Library, 901 North Main, 10:30 am to 6 pm.
You can show up at opening time and find something to interest you for the rest of the day, beginning with Newbery Award-winning author Clare Vanderpool of Wichita, who will speak at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. about her book "Moon over Manifest".
Other authors include: Beverley Olson Buller, Newton, children's book writer of "From Emporia: The Story Of William Allen White"; Linda A. Born, author of "My Mom Has Alzheimer's: Inspiration And Help For Caregivers"; Joanne Emerick, Hoxie, with her book "Courage Before Every Danger, Honor Before All Men"; Linda McCaffery, Great Bend author of "Praying Hard For You: Love Letters To A Death Camp"; Lowell May, Riley, who wrote "Camp Concordia: German POWS In The Midwest"; Roy Bird, Topeka, writer of the children's book "Little Ike: Dwight D. Eisenhower's Abilene Boyhood," along with the illustrator of his book, Gwen Battis; Steven Farney, McPherson, writer of several sports books, including "Title Towns: Class BB Boys Basketball Champions"; and Robert Collins, Andover, who has written several science fiction novels and Kansas history books.
Many Hutchinson authors will present as well. Mary Rintoul, writer of "Prairie Nutcracker," which is a children's picture book, and her editor, Betsie Andrews; Linda Laird, author and photographer for "The American Grain Elevator: Function And Form"; and Hutchinson News reporters Amy Bickel and Jason Probst, joint authors of "The Complete Guide To Kansas Fishing."<>
Hutchinson writers Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson have penned several mysteries, including their latest title, "The Mayan Mask Of Death." They will be available throughout the afternoon to talk to their readers individually and to sell and sign their books.
Free and open to the public, the festival is jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Hutchinson Public Library and the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council.