For 2-days this past weekend, the focal point was book, just books. What I’m talking about is the 2009 Sunflower State Book Festival. This year’s book festival was held in Osborne, moving there after a long stay in Wichita.
A large number of Kansas authors were present for the all-day literary get-together that took place at Osborne High School on Saturday.
The festivities actually kicked-off Friday evening with an open house for the first ever winner of the Don Coldsmith Award for Literary Achievement.
Nationally-respected author, editor, folklorist, and educator – Dr. James F. Hoy of Emporia was the recipient of the new award.
Following some short remarks, the Emporia State University Literature Professor answered questions from an enthusiastic audience for nearly 50-minutes at the open house which was held at the Osborne Public Library.
Dr. Hoy told the audience of about 30, his writing is for 50-years in the future.
Don Coldsmith was an Emporia doctor who wrote 40-books, 150-articles, and 1600-nespaper columns. Coldsmith, who passed away in June, was primarily a writer of Western fiction.