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About the Kentucky Book Festival

A program of Kentucky Humanities, the Kentucky Book Festival is a celebration of reading, writing, and publishing which takes place each November. 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, safe environment. With various daytime and evening events offered, it’s the biggest bookish celebration in Kentucky! Learn about writing and publishing, discover new books, make memories with family and friends, and celebrate reading! 

The 40th annual Kentucky Book Festival is scheduled for November 5-6, 2021 in Lexington, KY. Details are forthcoming. 

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About Kentucky Humanities

Kentucky Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. Kentucky Humanities is supported by the National Endowment and by private contributions. We are not a state agency, but are proud partners with Kentucky’s cultural, heritage, arts, and tourism agencies. Kentucky Humanities is dedicated to Telling Kentucky’s Story through programs and services that create a legacy of pride in the wealth of Kentucky culture, building civic engagement and supporting local humanities programs and events. We strive to enable all Kentuckians to take part in learning, sharing, and teaching each other about Kentucky’s rich heritage. We are committed to providing leadership and developing resources that support the needs of Kentuckians to examine our values, understand our common heritage, and build stronger Kentucky communities based on the knowledge, insight, and respect inherent in the humanities.

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Sponsor or Donate to the Kentucky Book Festival

Donate

Community support for the Kentucky Book Festival helps us host great authors and programming at no cost to attendees, and contributes to the proud literary heritage of our Commonwealth. All donations to the Kentucky Book Festival are listed in Kentucky Humanities Report to the People, published in the spring issue of Kentucky Humanities magazine unless otherwise requested.

Become a Sponsor

The Kentucky Book Festival brings Kentuckians together to celebrate reading, writing, and books. Throughout its 38 years, it has attracted national literary stars, politicians, scholars, journalists, celebrities, and athletes to Kentucky, in addition to celebrating the works of Kentuckians. The Kentucky Book Fair Catalog is sent to more than 15,000 as part of the fall issue of Kentucky Humanities magazine. Support from Kentucky’s businesses and other organizations help us honor and share one of our state’s most cherished cultural gifts. As a sponsor, you’re helping us tell Kentucky’s story, supporting books and reading for children and adults. You’ll find there are several benefits to sponsorship, in addition to aligning your organization with this prestigious event. Please contact Sara Volpi Woods at (859) 257-4317 or sara.volpi@uky.edu for more information, including sponsorship benefits.

DONATE ONLINE

To give your tax-deductible gift, click the button below and choose Kentucky Book Festival.

DONATE BY MAIL

Mail a check to:
Kentucky Humanities
attn. Kentucky Book Festival
206 E. Maxwell St.
Lexington, KY 40508

Anti-Harassment Policy

Kentucky Humanities has implemented a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex (including transgender status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, political affiliation, or status as a parent. The Kentucky Book Festival has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, whether in person or via email/social media/other electronic means, including but not limited to: Stalking or intimidation; Offensive verbal comments; Physical assault and/or battery; Harassing or non-consensual photography or recordings; Bathroom policing; Inappropriate, unwelcome, or uninvited contact or attention.

Should someone engage in any of these harassing behaviors, Kentucky Humanities staff will alert security, who will take immediate action in whatever form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from the event. This policy applies in all venues and areas of the Festival, to all who participate: staff, volunteers, authors, exhibitors, attendees, guests, vendors, press, and others.If you have been made uncomfortable by someone’s harassing behavior, or if you see harassing behavior happening to anyone else, please contact us.

Are you an author?

Take a look at the guidelines on the Author Application Form (see button below), and submit book info to attend the 2021 Kentucky Book Festival. Authors have the chance to network, meet plenty of fans, and sign books for the thousands of guests at the event. If you’re not located in Kentucky or writing about Kentucky, that’s ok too: in 2019, authors traveled from 22 states to join the fun.

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