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2024 Schedule + Lineup Coming Soon SAVE THE DATE: November 2, 2024

Visitor Info 2024 Book Festival



A program of Kentucky Humanities, the Kentucky Book Festival is a celebration of reading, writing, and publishing which takes place each fall. Festival events seek to connect book-lovers and authors, spark engaging conversations, and empower readers by providing access to new books as well as opportunities to learn more about writing in a fun, supportive environment. It’s the biggest bookish celebration in Kentucky! 

In addition to festival event, the Book Festival celebrates authors all year with School Days, Pop Up Events and partnerships across the state.


The Kentucky Book Festival is held at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky. Located in Lexington Green, Joseph Beth has played a significant cultural role as a major bookseller, hosting more bestselling authors, celebrities, public figures and politicians than any other local organization.

Lexington Green’s signature cupolas and lakefront shopping provide an oasis in the midst of Lexington, Kentucky’s busiest intersection. Adjacent to Target and Fayette Mall, Lexington Green is ideally located at the intersection of New Circle and Nicholasville Roads just north of the region’s largest retail development.

Joseph Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle, #B
Lexington, KY 40503

Schedule and Map

2024 information coming soon!



Parking is free and easily accessible in front of Joseph Beth Booksellers during the festival.


Plan your day with local options like Palmer’s Fresh Grill, Bronte Bistro, Goodwood Lexington and much more.


Information For Authors Apply for 2024 Kentucky Book Festival

The 43rd annual Kentucky Book Festival will be held on November 2nd, 2024 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY.
Author participation in the 2024 Kentucky Book Festival will be by invitation only. To be considered for inclusion in our lineup, all authors must complete and submit this online application. 
Following the application deadline, the festival committee will review all applications and select the authors and titles to be included in the 2024 Kentucky Book Festival. Only complete online applications submitted by the deadline will be considered. 
Authors who apply independently and are invited to participate are responsible for their own travel and expenses related to attending the event. 

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