Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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‘Independent Bookstore Day’ is Every Day at Watermark Books


Watermark Books celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 2.

WICHITA, Kan. — Bookstores from coast-to-coast will mark “Independent Bookstore Day” on Saturday, May 2. More than 400 retailers from Alaska to Maine will celebrate their value to their communities with author readings, special sales, and other activities.


A marquee destination for book-lovers, Watermark Books is the literary heart and soul of Wichita, Kansas.

While a national event is a great idea, author Grant Overstake says book-lovers in his hometown can celebrate Independent Bookstore Day every day, thanks to the wonderful people at Watermark Books and Cafe.

Watermark Books and Cafe, founded in 1977, is a homegrown, literary, independent bookstore and restaurant located at the corner of Douglas and Oliver in the College Hill neighborhood of Wichita. The store will participate in the national event from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with author visits, new books and art prints for sale. (Click for full schedule). Continue reading

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Maggie Soars to New Heights at Kansas Book Festival!

'Maggie' author Grant Overstake is visited at the Kansas Book Festival by the Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley, and her author husband, Roderick. "There are some very big ideas in this book," she said.

‘Maggie’ author Grant Overstake was visited at the Kansas Book Festival by Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas, and her husband, Roderick, also a noted author. “There are some big ideas in this book,” she said.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Even without her pole-vaulting pole, Maggie Steele soared to amazing new heights at the Kansas Book Festival.

KansasBookFestivalLogoAuthor Grant Overstake introduced his young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, at the event, held Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Kansas State Capitol.

“It was an unforgettable, amazing experience,” Overstake said. “The people I got to meet, I can’t believe it. I’m still pinching myself.”

Designed to “celebrate the best of Kansas literature, arts and history,” the festival promotes literacy and encourages a life-long love of reading by bringing authors, publishers and illustrators together with the book-loving people of Kansas.

Maggie Wright, 12, of Topeka, found a book with her name on it!

Maggie Wright, 12, of Topeka, found an awesome book with her name on it!

Overstake, of Wichita, shared a booth with historian, writer and illustrator, Linda S. Johnston. A resident of Virginia, Johnston’s book, Hope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory, is a beautiful and illuminating collection of journals and writings from everyday people in Kansas history dating back to the 1850s.


Overstake shared a booth with historian, writer and illustrator, Linda S. Johnston.

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