Skip to content

Don Lane & Sarah Jane Herbener to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “The Lane Way: Family, Faith, and Fifty Years in Basketball”

Don Lane & Sarah Jane Herbener to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “The Lane Way: Family, Faith, and Fifty Years in Basketball”

August 28, 2023




Whom do you invite to stop by? Who will benefit from reading your book?

It is my belief that basketball fans will benefit from the book and enjoy hearing about my place in Transylvania basketball history, but I think anyone who enjoys reading memoirs will find this book a tremendous read. My co-author, Sarah Jane Herbener, and I spent two years doing research and interviews to compile a book that is full of interesting, inspiring and often funny stories and includes a lot of information that will be of historical interest to Kentuckians as well.


Could you please tell us something curious about you and/or your book?

I grew up working in tobacco fields and barns as the son of a tenant farmer in Versailles, Kentucky; today I am in five Halls of Fame, including the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. I am proud to be a Hall of Fame coach, and many people know me through my coaching career, but my life has been about much more than that. In my book, I have also included chapters about the many people who have inspired and supported me, about my family and my faith, and about my philosophies of life. I think readers will enjoy hearing about parts of my life that many who only know me as a basketball coach may not know about.


Is this your first time participating in Kentucky Book Festival? If yes – what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve participated before – what was your favorite experience at the Festival?

This will be my first time participating as an author, but I have attended the KBF several times when my sister-in-law, Margaret Lane, has been featured as an author. I’ve always enjoyed the excitement of so many people there to meet each other and talk about the joy of reading and writing. I was very pleased when I realized that I could now be one of the featured authors! Sarah Jane and I both very much look forward to talking with readers (and potential readers) of The Lane Way and enjoying the atmosphere of the KBF.





Don Lane served for 26 years as head coach of the Transylvania University men’s basketball team. Sarah Jane Herbener helps people preserve their life stories through her personal history service. In The Lane Way, co-written with Sarah Jane Herbener, Coach Lane tells readers entertaining and moving stories about his life in coaching.

Thank you!

Thanks so much to all who attended this year’s festival! Please provide feedback about your experience by submitting a survey. 

KY Book Festival Books footer-01