TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas first lady Mary Brownback has recognized 25 books and their authors as part of the Kansas Book Festival at the Statehouse in Topeka.
Among those honored Saturday were former Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director Larry Welch and his book, "Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK."
Other works that were honored examined the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s in Kansas, family farms and the history of Manhattan from 1854 to 1894.
More than 2,000 people visited the Statehouse to participate in the festival, an annual event hosted by Brownback, wife of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
The festival is a charitable organization established through the Topeka Community Foundation. The festival awards grants to public and school libraries to help purchase books, technology and support reading programs.