Kansas Author Dinner
Thursday, February 23, 2017
5:45 p.m. Reception (cash bar)
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Author presentations, with book signings following
9100 Corporate Hills Drive
Purchase tickets or make a donation.
Ticketing deadline February 15, 2017.
About the Kansas Author Dinner | Featured Authors | Beneficiaries | Past Authors
The Kansas Author Dinner is the signature fundraiser of the Wichita Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma. This annual event is a fun evening of dinner and program with notable Kansas authors.
This event is open to the general public and money raised helps benefit local literacy programs.
Born and raised in Winfield, KS, Beverley Buller is retired public teacher and librarian who worked with children in Newton public schools for 34 years. She received a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University, a Master of Science in education from Wichita State University, and school library certification from Emporia State University. As chairman of the William Allen White Children’s Book Awards selection committee, she reads at least 100 children’s books a year.
From Emporia: The Story of William Allen White was her first book. Her second book, A Prairie Peter Pan: The Story of Mary White, was released in September, 2010. Both were named Kansas Notable Books and chosen for the Kansas Reading Circle catalog and the William Allen White Award master lists. In 2015, her book Winfield: A Post Card History was published by Arcadia.
She currently serves as school library practicum supervisor for the School of Library and Information Management of Emporia State University.
Her professional motto remains, “Everyone can love reading if they find the right book.”
Ken Spurgeon is a teacher, author, historian and filmmaker. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Lone Chimney Films, Inc., a local film company that aims to bring the stories of Kansas and the Midwest to students and the public through a visual medium. Ken has written and produced two documentaries dealing with the Kansas-Missouri area during the Civil War: Touched by Fire: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 and Bloody Dawn: The Lawrence Massacre.
In March, 2013, Ken authored his first book, A Kansas Soldier at War: The Civil War Letters of Christian and Elise Dubach Isely. Ken graduated from Wichita State University with a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in History. Ken currently teaches at Northfield School of Liberal Arts and lives with his wife and family in Wichita, Kansas.
Upon retiring from the KBI in 2007, Welch started diligently writing a history of the KBI, a book he wanted to write long before he was appointed director. The book, Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK is a window into the agency and tells the KBI’s history through a series of its most famous cases and investigations. Welch’s book was recognized as a Kansas Notable Book in 2013.
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