Past Authors

The Kansas Book Festival has been host to a number of high-profile authors including:
Jane O’Connor, Fancy Nancy
Michael V. Hayden, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror
David Eisenhower, Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969
Sara Paretsky, VI Warshawski novels
Chester Nez, Code Talker
Shane Evans, Underground and Chocolate Me!
Alex Grecian, Black Country
Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic
Alexandra Robbins, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School
Joel RosenbergDamascus Countdown
Clare Vanderpool, Moon Over Manifest and Navigating Early
Frank White, One Man’s Dream: My Town, My Team, My Time
Willie Wilson, Inside the Park: Running the Base Path of Life

We’ve also had the privilege of hosting a number of other amazing Kansas and nationally-known authors:
Tom Averill, rode, a novel about 1825 America
Amy Barickman, Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions
Aaron Barnhart & Diane EickhoffFirebrand
Rod BeemerNotorious Kansas Bank Heists: Gunslingers to Gangsters
Roy Bird, Little Ike
Krista Boan & Alysia QuisenberryGrab Your Crown: A ballad for those who Believe
Mark Bouton, How to Spot Lies Like the FBI
Dana BowmanBottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery
Crystal BradshawEliza: A Generational Journey
Beverly Buller, A Prairie Peter Pan: The Story of Mary White
Dr. Rachel Epp BullerHave Milk Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding
Elizabeth Bunce, StarCrossed
Joshua Charles, The Original Argument
Jonathan & Kristin Conard: Kansas Trail Guide
Julie Courtwright, Prairie Fire: A Great Plains History
Sharon Davis, Baking With Friends
Kennedy Younger Dold, Amelia and the Heroes of Old
Joe Drape – Soldiers First and Our Boys
Kelly Enright, Osa and Martin: For the Love of Adventure
Judith Fertig, Heartland: The Cookbook
Greg Fox, Fresh, Recipes from RowHouse
George FrazierThe Last Wild Places of Kansas
Stephen Fried, Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild West
Linda Frost, Happy Birthday Kansas! A Sampler Quilt Celebrating 150 Years on the Prairie
Caryn Mirriam Goldberg, An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the State Poets Laureate and Needle in the Bone
Michael D. GravesTo Leave a Shadow
Michael John HaddockKansas Wildflowers and Weeds
Sue Hall, For the Love of Babies: One Doctor’s Stories About Life in the Neonatal ICU
Lisa Harkrader, The Adventures of Bean Boy
Cynthia Harris, Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford
Melissa Fite JohnsonWhile the Kettle’s On
Stephen T Johnson, My Little Pink Princess Purse
Katherine Karlin, Send Me Work
Robert & Molly Krause, The Cook’s Book of Intense Flavors
Louise Krug, Louise: Amended
Rosa Walston LatimerHarvey Houses of Kansas: Historic Hospitality from Topeka to Syracuse
James Leiker, The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory
Harriet Lerner, Marriage Rules
Denise Low, Ghost Stories of the New West
Patricia MacDonald, The Farmer Next Door
Scott MartelleThe Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth
Jeff MartinButtercream Dreams
Jack Mayer, Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project
Molly McCluckey-ShipmanEmma’s Dilemma
Eric McHenry, Mommy Daddy Evan Sage
Bonar Menninger, And Hell Followed With It: Life and Death in a Kansas Tornado
Diana Lambdin Meyer, Myths and Mysteries of Kansas
Judith Miller, To Love and to Cherish
Sandra Moran – Letters Never Sent
Lana Wirt Myers, Prairie Rhythms: The Life and Poetry of May Williams Ward
David Nichols, Eisenhower 1956
Mary O’Connell, The Sharp Time
George Paris, A Distant Home
Charlene Patton, Baking With Friends
Marci Penner, 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook
Matthew Polly, Tapped Out
Ramon Powers, The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory
Deb Raney, After All
Steve Revare, Raw: A Novel
Lori Roy, Bent Road
Mary Doria Russell, Doc: A Novel
Tracy Seeley, My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas
Molly Shapiro, Point, Click, Love
Wade Sisson, Racing Through the Night
Brad Sneed, Cock a Doodle Doo. Creak. Pop. Pop. Moo
Warren StreetTwenty-Five Years Among the Indians and Buffalo: A Frontier Memoir
Vera Lynne Stroup-RentierMarco and I Want to Play Ball: A true story of inclusion and self-determination
Barbara Stuber, Crossing the Tracks
Pamela Dawes Tambornino, Maggie’s Story: Teachings of a Cherokee Healer
Martina Thompson, Carly Likes Blue
Roderick Townley, The Door in the Forest, A Bitter Magic
Wyatt Townley, The Afterlives of Trees
Cheryl Unruh, Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State
Ralph Voss, Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood
Andrea Warren: The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas
Joe Washington, Three Lives
Barbara Waterman-Peters & Glendyn BuckleyThe Fish’s Wishes
Larry Welch – Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI From Ma Barker to BTK