Find questions to some frequently asked questions below. If the answer isn’t here, please reach out to us through the Contact page.
The Kentucky Humanities team is doing everything we can in planning to safely host an in-person event November 5 and 6, 2021. For now, we are hoping to host the event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY, barring any changes that may occur due to the pandemic. More information is forthcoming. Virtual sessions will likely be included in the 2021 book festival schedule.
For the 2020 event, due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, we felt it was best to move the Kentucky Book Festival to an online format instead of in-person so that fans could still have the chance to interact with authors, discover new books, and celebrate reading together. Online programs are available to view from the “Videos” tab in the menu above.
The 2020 Author Lineup is available in the main menu under “Lineup.” Or, from the Home Page, click the “Find Out More” button on the “Author + Speaker Lineup” box. The lineup is best viewed on a desktop. The 2021 Author lineup will be published in August.
In the main menu, click “Schedule” to see what virtual programs the 2020 Kentucky Book Festival Online has to offer. You can filter programs by month, learn more about authors and their books, and find registration links on that page. If an event has already occurred, click the “Learn More” button to view the recording.
First, register through the event’s unique registration page (from the Schedule page, click the “Register for this event” button to be taken directly to the Zoom Webinar registration page) by filling in the required fields. You will need an email address to register. Once you’ve filled out the form, click “Register,” and you will receive an email with a unique link to view the webinar along with a Webinar ID. You can join a Zoom Webinar through your internet browser or by downloading the Zoom app.
On the day/night of the event, click on the link you received via email a few minutes before the designated start time. Your default internet browser will open, and you may be prompted to enter the Webinar ID (included in the registration email you received). Then click “Join.” As a webinar guest, your audio and video and automatically disabled, but you can interact with panelists and attendees through the Chat, and submit questions through the Q&A box.
For instructions on launching Zoom from specific web browsers, see this article.
The best way to watch virtual programs is to register in advance to view through Zoom Webinar. You can also choose to join on Facebook Live–follow us @kyhumanities. Registration links for each event can be found on the Schedule page.
To view events that have already occurred, just click “Learn More” on the individual event from the Schedule page, and you’ll find the video to view at your leisure.
Find Kentucky Book Festival videos on the Kentucky Humanities YouTube channel too.