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Sunflower State Book Festival

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.
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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.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".