Sponsored by 

Bruce G. Cochener Foundation 



Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM CDT
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WSU Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex 
5015 East 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220

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 Ruth Ann Koepsel           316.648.9654                 rakoepsel@gmail.com


This special event brings 6 inspiring authors to Wichita to host small group sessions where they will share stories, answer questions, and autograph books. The day begins with a continental breakfast and a speaker followed by the opportunity to attend two break-out sessions, enjoy a delicious lunch, and hear another inspiring author. Scattered throughout the day is an opportunity to purchase the authors’ books and obtain autographs. 

Cost:   $90 which covers continental Breakfast, full lunch and the events of the day.

Your attendance benefits the four philanthropic programs of                           Assistance League Wichita:

 Operation School Bell, Scholarships, Bear Hugs, Assault Survivor Kits


8:00 – Check-in/Authors' Books for Sale/Pre-ordered books available for pick-up

Raffle Basket tickets available for purchase  ($2 each/Seven for $10)

8:00 - 8:50 - Continental Breakfast 

9:00 – 9:50 - Welcome, Introduction of Authors and Speaker: Emily Bernard

10:00 – 10:40 – 1st Break-Out Session

10:50 – 11:30 – 2nd Break-Out Session

11:40 – 1:00 - Lunch, Raffle, and Speaker: Hampton Sides

1:10 - 2:00 - Author Panel/Audience Q&A

2:10 – 2:40 - Book Sales/Author Signings

Registration is limited. To assure your reservation register at the link below.

Reservation deadline: October 5th

No reservations at the door.

                Authors participating in Day of Authors


Emily Bernard was born and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and received her PhD in American studies from Yale University. She has been the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation, the NEH, and a W. E. B. Du Bois Resident Fellowship at Harvard University. Her essays have been published in journals and anthologies, among them The American Scholar, Best American Essays, and Best African American Essays. She is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont.



Hampton Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories In the Kingdom of Ice, Hellhound On His Trail, Blood and Thunder, and Ghost Soldiers, which won the PEN Award for Nonfiction. A past fellow of the Santa Fe Institute, he teaches narrative non-fiction at Colorado College.


 Mary Beth Keane attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA. In 2011, she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35,” and in 2015 she was awarded a John S. Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing. She currently lives in Pearl River, New York with her husband and their two sons. She is the author of The Walking People, Fever, and Ask Again, Yes.


Angie Cruz is the author of two novels, Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee, a finalist in 2007 for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has published work in The New York Times, VQR, Gulf Coast Literary Journal, and other publications, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. She is founder and editor in chief of Aster(ix), a literary and arts journal, and is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.


Stewart O'Nan is the author of numerous books, including West of Sunset, The Odds, Emily Alone, Snow Angels, Songs for the Missing, and A Prayer for the Dying. His 2007 novel, Last Night at the Lobster, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he lives with his family.


Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. She attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, then practiced as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly. Her stories have won the GlamourEssay Contest and the Wabash Prize in Fiction, and appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, The New York TimesThe Washington Post, SalonSlateThe Southern ReviewSycamore ReviewThe Asian American Literary Review, and PANK. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and three sons. Miracle Creek is her first novel.

Visit Watermark Books to pre-order books for authors to sign.


Your attendance benefits the philanthropic programs of the Assistance League (ALW), a national nonprofit with a mission of volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs. The ALW receives no United Way funds, has no paid staff, and all funds remain in Wichita.  Locally, the Assistance League supports four programs:  Operation School Bell, Scholarships, Assault Survivor Kits and Bear Hugs. 

 Those interested in more information on the services provided, or to donate or become involved with the Assistance League of Wichita, call 316-687-6107 or visit https://www.assistanceleague.org/wichita.