Sunday, May 14, 2006

Center for the Book

I know it seems that every post on this blog seems to mention something about the Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB). So to clarify: No, I’m not a paid spokesperson for KCFB. I’m just a very happy member.

KCFB is an affiliate of the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book, which “was established in 1977 to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, libraries, and literacy.” The national center has state affiliate centers in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia. Thanks in large part to our tireless KCFB director, Roy Bird (who is also a writer), the Kansas affiliate actively promotes Kansas books and authors to libraries and bookstores in the state, bringing authors, librarians, booksellers, and readers together in many different venues, including author dinners, book fairs, and, next September, the Kansas Book Festival in Wichita.

I can’t guarantee that every state affiliate is as active and writer-friendly as our affiliate here in Kansas, but if you’re an author trying to connect with book professionals in your own region, you owe it to yourself to check out your state’s Center for the Book.

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