A Barnes & Noble rep sent this announcement our way. Chatting with local authors, discovering new reads, and throwing some support to an area library: sounds like a good way to pass a hot summer afternoon!
The Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair, located at 1920 N. Rock Road, will host eight Kansas authors at their July Jubilee Book Signing on Saturday, July 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. The authors will be available to chat with customers and sign copies of their books. The featured authors include Jim Baumgardner, Jefferson Knapp, Ramona Lampe, Roberta Seiwart Lampe, Kara Louise, Nancy Mehl, Judith Miller, and Kim Vogel Sawyer. Their newest books will be available at Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair, as well as limited quantities of their previously released titles.
This book signing event is part of a Bookfair Fundraiser for the Rose Hill Public Library. If you mention the Rose Hill Public Library when making any purchase at the Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair on July 30, a portion of your sale will be donated to the library. Also check out the Rose Hill Public Library’s Wish List table all day, where you will find books that you can buy to donate to the library.
Here is a brief description of each author:
Jim Baumgardner is the author of The Making of a Spy: Sarah’s Quest the latest book in the historical, young adult ‘Sarah’ series that includes Sarah’s Wish, Sarah’s Promise, and Sarah’s Escape. He was born and raised in Wichita. He helps keep history alive by volunteering at the Old Cowtown Museum and by giving various programs on writing, the Underground Railroad, cowboys and trail drives, and early Wichita history to schools and homeschool groups. His website is http://sarahbooks.net .
Jefferson Knapp is the author of the children’s adventure novel The Brave Journey (The Kingdom at the End of the Driveway, Part 1). He lives in the country outside Wichita. A graduate of Butler County Community College, Knapp’s career path has changed from stand-up comedian to children’s book author. Knapp is 33 years old and still has a love for animals – except snakes. His website is www.krakenbooks.com.
Ramona Lampe is the author of the children’s books Ruby the Diva Clydesdale, Calves in the Kitchen, and Santa and the Clydesdales. Ramona was raised on a farm near Cheney, Kansas. She attended high school in Garden Plain, and college at Emporia State University. After college, Ramona toured the country, performing in various professional theatre shows. She now lives back in Kansas where her favorite hobby is taking care of the horses at the C3 Clydesdale Farm.
Roberta Seiwart Lampe is the author of the children’s books Air Dog First Class, A Pig Wish, and Two Farm Cats as well as the historical fiction book The Homestead Trail: Kansas Calls. She was raised in Garden Plain. She served as a newspaper reporter for the U.S. Army before returning home in 1959, when she met her husband and became a farm wife. Working as a library aide, she became inspired to write. Roberta and Ramona Lampe’s website is http://lampebooks.tateauthor.com.
Kara Louise is the author of Only Mr. Darcy Will Do and Darcy’s Voyage, which are both based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She grew up just north of Los Angeles. She moved to Wichita in 1991 with her husband and son. She now lives just outside Wichita on 10 acres where she and her husband have a big garden, 3 horses, 2 goats, 6 cats, and a dog. Since 2001 she has written 6 books based on Pride and Prejudice. Kara Louise’s website Jane Austen’s Land of Ahhhs is at http://ahhhs.net .
Nancy Mehl is the author many books including the Curl Up and Dye mystery series that includes Blown Away and Missing Mabel, as well as the religious fiction novels of the Harmony Series that include Simple Choices, Simple Secrets, and Simple Deceit. She lives in Wichita with her husband, Norman, and her son, Danny. She spends extra time with her volunteer group, Wichita Homebound Outreach. Nancy’s website is www.nancymehl.com, and her blog is www.nancymehl.blogspot.com.
Judith Miller is the author of a number of religious fiction titles including the Daughters of Amana series that includes Somewhere to Belong, More Than Words, and A Bond Never Broken. She is the co-author of several books with Tracie Peterson including the upcoming To Have and To Hold (Bridal Veil Island, Book 1). She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Kansas after high school. She is the mother of four and lives in Topeka, where she writes full time. Her website is www.judithmcoymiller.com .
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the bestselling and award-winning author of numerous religious fiction titles, the newest being Courting Miss Amsel and In Every Heartbeat. She is also the author of the Katy Lambright teen Mennonite series, the latest of which is Katy’s Decision (Katy Lambright #4). She is active at her church, and enjoys quilting, drama, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in Kansas and have 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. Visit her on the web at www.kimvogelsawyer.com.