For 25 years, Beth Pride worked in education as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. Since beginning a career as an artist in 2008, Kentucky contemporary impressionist painter Kelly Brewer has developed a national and international following. In The Common Wealth of Kentucky Project, art and storytelling reveal the wealth of this land, the people who live here, and the common connections we, as humans, have with one another.
Stephen Reily served as Director of the Speed Art Museum from 2017-2021. This book documents not just the 32 works featured in the exhibition (most never published before), but also the process by which the Speed used this opportunity to memorialize the life of Breonna Taylor.
Scott E. Wigginton, Ph.D., serves as Professor of Pastoral Ministries and Counseling at Campbellsville University. Adventures to Godliness blends Scripture, practical wisdom, and fascinating stories with the in-depth insight of a seasoned soul shepherd to help readers contemplate a theology of adventure.
A past Kentucky Poet laureate and an inductee into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, Richard Taylor is the author of numerous poetry collections, historical novels and books relating to Kentucky history. Fathers is a combination of memoir and creative non-fiction, focused on multiple fathers — both paternal and associational.
A former Guggenheim fellow, Maurice Manning teaches at Transylvania University. Snakedoctor is a rooted in Kentucky culture, history, and geography. His fourth book, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His first book, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, was selected by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.
Dr. James Easterling is currently Assistant Professor/Director of the Global Supply Chain Management program at Eastern Kentucky University. This book is about a little abandoned wiener dog puppy named “Chester” who eventually finds his furever family and a warm, safe, and nurturing home.
Avalyn Hunter is a nationally recognized authority on Thoroughbred pedigrees and racing history. In this book the author explores the personalities and histories that surrounded Black Gold. Hunter’s work looks behind every stall and tack room door and celebrates the hard work that goes into a great horse and its rivals.
Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of numerous books, including Clear Springs, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In Dear Ann, she captures the excitement of youth and the nostalgia of age and relates how the consideration of the road not taken can illuminate, and perhaps overtake our present.
Stuart W. Sanders is former executive director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association. Anatomy of a Duel examines why white male Kentuckians engaged in the “honor culture” of duels and provides fascinating narratives that trace the lives of duelists and opponents.
W. Bruce Cameron is a # 1 NYT bestselling author of 35 published books, the majority of which are written from the viewpoint of the dogs. His most recent, Love, Clancy: Diary of a Good Dog describes the wacky life of Clancy, a yellow Labrador who is keeping a diary and plotting to get rid of the cat.
Mick Sullivan is the creator and producer of The Past and the Curious: A History Podcast for Kids and Families. In addition to Short Shorts and the Underwear Hall of Fame, in I See Lincoln’s Underpants kids can read sixteen biographical chapters highlighting interesting moments of famous people’s lives.
Paul E. Patton served as the fifty-ninth governor of Kentucky, from 1995 to 2003. Born in Fallsburg, KY, he had a humble upbringing that held few clues about his future as one of the most prominent politicians in the history of the state. In The Coal Miner Who Became Governor, Patton, along with Jeffrey S. Suchanek, details his personal, professional, and political life in Kentucky, starting with his career in the coal industry.
Marie Weller and Paula Vertikoff are an Elementary School Counselor and Principal duo dedicated to social emotional wellness for children and the adults who care about them. Cranium Critters is an engaging and educational children’s picture book that introduces young readers to the concept of executive functions in the brain.
Linda Bryant Davis is a retired journalist who co-hosts Kentucky Writers Roundtable, a weekly talk show on RadioLex 93.9. In Between Two Worlds, we meet a family in which parents drink too much, children fear their Bible-toting grandma is secretly a child -eating dinosaur, and a sister goes “existential.”
Patrick Lee Lucas is an associate professor in the College of Design and serves as a Provost Faculty Fellow at the University of Kentucky. Athens on the Frontier examines the material culture of Grecian-style buildings in antebellum America to help recover nineteenth-century regional identities.
Gerald L. Smith is professor of history at the University of Kentucky and pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington. In Slavery and Freedom in the Bluegrass State, editor Gerald L. Smith presents a collection of essays that uncover stories of pain, protest, and perseverance of African Americans in Kentucky.
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.
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers is the Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History and gender studies at Indiana University Bloomington. This book tells the story of Julia Ann Chinn (ca. 1796-1833), the enslaved mixed-race wife of Richard Mentor Johnson, US Vice President under Martin Van Buren.
Jason is an army brat who grew up on military bases from Germany to Fort Knox, KY. Rachel, the main character in Time Problems, is dreading middle school. She thinks an endless summer would solve her problems. Inspired by her stuffed animals, Rachel draws characters to make her dream come true.
Emily Hilliard is a folklorist and writer based in Berea, KY. Making Our Future argues that folklore is a unifying concept that puts diverse cultural forms in conversation, as well as a framework that helps us reckon with the past, understand the present, and collectively shape the future.
Carolyn Grace graduated from Berea College with an undergraduate degree in English composition and a minor in music performance. Grenadine and Other Love Affairs is her first book of poetry, the quest to make sense of oneself and the world, to excavate ever deeper layers of meaning.
David Grise is a retired federal prosecutor who specialized in white collar crime and corruption cases. Bogustan is a story about a newly minted diplomat Rudy Hancock, who has been given the task of convincing corrupt officials in Bogustan to allow their small country to become a dumping ground for America’s nuclear waste.
Jonathan Greene was born in New York City in 1943. After living in San Francisco twice and graduating from Bard College, he moved to Kentucky in 1966 where members of his family had been living since 1846. Going Through It from Broadstone Books, his 40th book publication, celebrates his 80th birthday.
Sarah L. Hall is associate professor of agriculture and natural resources at Berea College. Meg Wilson, a Berea College alum, is a graduate student in art and art history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Sown in the Stars brings together the collective knowledge of farmers in central and eastern Kentucky about the custom of planting by the signs.
Mimi Herman’s writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review and other journals. Based on historical facts, The Kudzu Queen unravels a tangle of sexuality, power, race, and kudzu through an irresistibly delightful (and mostly honest) narrator.
Wendy Jett is a long time fitness instructor, decoupage nerd, improv junkie and loves to write. Girl is a mixed-genre family story, told through the innocent perspective of a young daughter, granddaughter, sister, friend. Stories and poems propel the narrative both in action and in emotion.
Bryan Bush has been a Civil War re-enactor for twenty years, portraying an artillerist. Louisville’s Gambling Barons returns the reader to the golden age of gambling that Louisville experienced between 1860 and 1885, thanks to the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers by steamboat and foot.
Jennifer Chesak is an award-winning freelance science and medical journalist, editor, and fact-checker based in Nashville, TN. The Psilocybin Handbook for Women is a resource for everyone, although it features information specific to those assigned female at birth, because psychedelics may have different effects and applications across the sexes.
After earning three history degrees, John Cimprich taught primarily at Thomas More College (now University) and retired as professor emeritus. Navigating Liberty comprehensively examines the interaction between escaped slaves and antislavery Northerners in Federally occupied areas of the South during the Civil War.
In this collection of essays, veteran television and newspaper journalist Byron Crawford shares stories about Kentucky’s rural people and places, ranging from the humorous to the poignant to the profound. Collected in a keepsake edition, Crawford’s Kentucky Living columns will delight readers for years to come.
Phyllis R. Dixon is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has worked for the U.S. Treasury Department as a National Bank Examiner and owned a bookstore. Intermission is the story of four former girl group members, who reluctantly consider reuniting for a twentieth anniversary tour, despite vows never to speak again.
Past chair of the AWP Board (2019-22), Kathleen Driskell is professor of Creative Writing and Chair of the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University, home of the nationally distinguished low-residency MFA in Writing Program. The poems in The Vine Temple meditate on light and darkness in the natural world.
Sherman Cahal is a photographer and historian specializing in documenting Appalachian architecture and culture. Adam Paris is an architectural photographer and historian. Michael Maes is an artist and photographer and has been documenting abandoned homes for almost two decades. The images in Abandoned Kentucky offer us a window into our past and stir a sense of wonder about those who have gone before us and the lives they lived.
Normandi Ellis is an award-winning writer, workshop facilitator, and director of metaphysical studies at Chesterfield Spiritualist College. In this in-depth study into the mystery and purpose of angels, she looks at the angelic dimensions of spiritual traditions around the world from the ancient past to present day.
Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. holds degrees in French and English from Morehead State University, where he focused his studies on advocacy for students. In Gay Poems for Red States, Carver counters the injustice of a persistent anti-LGBTQ+ movement by asserting that a life full of beauty and pride is possible for everyone.
After having spent over 20 years as a university researcher and professor, Valerie Askren traded academia for the hardwood forests of Kentucky. Inside Five-Star Trails you’ll find descriptions of 40 five-star hiking trails for all levels and interests, as well as insight into the history, flora, and fauna of the routes.
Stephen Bright teaches at the law schools at Yale and Georgetown Universities. He spent over 40 years representing people facing the death penalty. The Fear of Too Much Justice is an examination of injustices occurring in criminal courts today and a practical look at how they can be corrected.
Dr. Moss has served as a guest lecturer on surgery at Harvard University’s Medical Grand Rounds and as a guest faculty member at Yale University. My Recovery Companion is an alphabetical, easy-to-reference handbook to use in moments of struggle, or when confronted by challenging life and addiction issues.
Jennifer S. Kelly is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in TwinSpires, Paulick Report, America’s Best Racing, and The Racing Biz. This book examines the racing legacies of Gallant Fox and Omaha and how William Woodward’s service to racing during the 20th century changed the landscape of the American Thoroughbred industry.
Martha Greenwald is the editor of the anthology Who We Lost: A Portable COVID Memorial and Founding Director/Curator of The WhoWeLost Project. Her first collection of poetry, Other Prohibited Items, was the winner of the Mississippi Review Poetry Series. She is the winner of the 2020 Yeats Prize.
House is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels and one book of creative nonfiction. Lark Ascending follows Lark and his impromptu family of fellow refugees as they struggle to find a haven in a near-future world of widespread ecological, political and civil dangers.
Former Poet Laureate of Kentucky and 2022 NAACP Image Award Winner, Crystal Wilkinson has released a new book titled Perfect Black. This captivating collection of poetry and prose, beautifully blending her rural roots with a passion for language and storytelling, all interwoven with striking illustrations from her long-time partner, Ronald W. Davis.
Libby Falk Jones is a member of Bluegrass Writers Studio and Berea Writers Circle, she currently co-directs Coming of Age, a writing program for Kentucky women over 55. This collection includes poems appearing in Jones’ two previous chapbooks as well as poems published in a variety of journals and anthologies over the past three decades.
A longtime newspaper reporter and editor, David Wesley Williams, lives in Memphis, TN, with his wife, Barb, and their two retired racing greyhounds. The story of Everybody Knows introduces a raft of characters, including musicians, an escaped felon, a tyrannical governor atop his state’s old electric chair, various and likable sidekicks and mistresses, and even a writer.
Kim Wickens grew up in Dallas, TX, and practiced as a criminal defense lawyer in New Mexico for twenty years. Lexington is the dramatic true story of the champion Thoroughbred racehorse who gained international fame in the tumultuous Civil War-era South, and became the most successful sire in American racing history.
Veteran sportswriter Jamie H. Vaught has covered the University of Kentucky’s basketball program since his early college days. If you feel nostalgic for UK’s glorious basketball past, this 408-page hardcover could be of interest! It also contains football stories and inside accounts about the Kentucky Wildcats.
Jayne Moore Waldrop is a writer and attorney who loves telling stories about her native western Kentucky. Michael McBride is a Tennessee-based artist and a professor at Tennessee State University. A Journey in Color: The Art of Ellis Wilson tells the story of a young man’s determined path to become a classically trained artist.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins’s short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mystery Magazine and other publications. The End of the Road is a standalone crime novel about a young woman’s quest for vengeance after her boyfriend is shot and left for dead.
Julian R. Vaca is a first generation Mexican American and a first-generation college graduate. The story in The Memory Index is set in an alternative 1987, where a disease ravages human memories. There is no cure, only artificial recall. The lucky ones, ”the recollectors” need the treatment only once a day.
For over a decade, Jessica D. Thompson served as a crisis office volunteer as well as a hospital and legal advocate for a battered women’s shelter. Daybreak and Deep is a rich and graceful assembly of requiems, for family and home places, for a spouse. Jessica D. Thompson honors, then abandons the innocence of childhood and the prescribed gender roles imbued with religion and tradition.
Lauren Thoman lives outside of Nashville, TN, with her husband, two children, and a rotating number of dogs and fish. I’ll Stop the World is a mystery thriller, where the end and the beginning become one in a coming-of-age story about the power of friendship, fate, and inexplicable second chances.
Emily Strasser’s award-winning essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Colorado Review, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, and elsewhere. In Half-Life of a Secret: Reckoning with a Hidden History, Emily Strasser exposes the toxic legacy political that forever polluted her family, a community, the nation, and the world.
Matthew Strandmark is an educator, researcher, and archivist. Gatewood: Kentucky’s Uncommon Man weaves together personal stories, public records, and oral history interviews to provide a comprehensive overview of the life and career of an eccentric and fascinating figure.
Christopher Stallard is the head chef and owner of Michael Grant Gastronomy in Louisville, KY. In Waste into Taste, Stallard presents an inspiring collection of practical techniques and delicious recipes, some new, some honed throughout his distinguished culinary career, for utilizing scraps of various foods to eliminate waste and lower grocery costs.
Matthew Mitchell is a three-time SEC Coach of the Year and the winningest head coach in the history of the University of Kentucky’s basketball program. In clear, straightforward style, Matthew Mitchell reveals the tools that made him and his teams successful: honesty, hard work, and discipline.
Robert R. Adams devotes his free time to reading history and veteran affairs. This work details the constant emotional and psychological struggles of a scared young combat soldier, as his experiences transformed him from a boy into manhood through the forced maturity of war.
An accomplished painter, fiber artist, and photographer, Karen Abney has exhibited at several galleries across the region. Lonnie & Twyla Money is the story of two iconic Kentucky artists who have been making folk art pieces for nearly 50 years and have helped to shape this unique Appalachian art form.
Frank X Walker, the first African American writer to be named Kentucky Poet Laureate, is an artist, writer, and educator who has published eleven collections of poetry. Upfromsumdirt is an award-winning artist and an author of several poetry collections. This inspired children’s alphabet book is an exuberant celebration of the people, physical spaces, and historical events.
While not a single battle of the War of 1812 was fought on Kentucky soil, Kentuckians were involved from the very beginning to the very end. Multi-genre author Doris Dearen Settles explains how Kentuckians won the war of 1812, and why it is far more significant than textbooks record.
Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer is a lifelong native of Harrodsburg, KY and she writes books of narrative historical nonfiction. In 1774, James Harrod founded the oldest permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. Harrod was a soldier and pioneer who was instrumental in exploration of the area.
YOU are fighting for freedom from enslavement for yourself and others during the mid-1800s. Will you escape to freedom? And will you help others escape as part of the Underground Railroad’s network of freedom fighters? Step back in time to face the challenges and decisions that real people faced to escape slavery.
Jeremy Popkin, a long-time history professor at the University of Kentucky, turns his research and writing skills to the story of his grandmother, Zelda Popkin, a journalist, public relations woman and novelist who took part in and wrote about all the big issues of her time, including women’s rights, the Holocaust, and the creation of the Jewish state of Israel.
Marta Miranda-Straub is an Afro-Caribean Latinx woman born in Cuba. Lullaby for Maddie is a book for young readers. It tells the birth story of a sassy little mermaid named Madelyn who begrudgingly joins the humans and grows to find warmth and love in the arms of her Cuban family.
Susan Mills is the founder of a nonprofit organization called My Autism Tribe, based in Lexington, KY. The organization supports families and educates communities about autism. Her books are conversation starters that can help families and educators embrace differences and celebrate diversity.
John Winn Miller is an award-winning investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, editor, newspaper publisher, screenwriter, movie producer, and novelist. The Hunt for the Peggy C is about an American fugitive who struggles to rescue a Jewish family on his rusty cargo ship
After a long career as a professional musician and educator, having written several instructional texts along the way, Frank Messina turned his attention to writing fiction in 2016. The Bluegrass Files: Broken Glass invites you into the world of Sonia Vitale and the ladies of Bluegrass Confidential Investigations.
Alexandra V. Mendez is a writer, teacher, and scholar who grew up bilingual in Decatur, GA, with family roots in Mexico and Mississippi. What the Jaguar Told Her explores themes of identity, friendship, crushes, loss, and looking for answers to life’s toughest questions in sumptuous detail.
Bill Meegan is retired from full time clinical practice and teaching in the graduate programs at the University of Kentucky and The Lexington Theological Seminary. Remembering the Forgotten Merton is the first book about Thomas Merton’s brother. The life of John Paul Merton illustrates that there is more than one way to live a meaningful and holy life.
Keven McQueen is author of 22 books covering American history, the supernatural, biography, historical true crime, and what he calls real-life surrealism. Enjoy stories of body snatchers, ghosts, bizarre demises, people who uncannily predicted their own deaths, strangely preserved bodies, and much more.
Erin Keane is the author of the memoir Runaway: Notes on the Myths That Made Me (Belt Publishing), one of NPR’s best books of 2022. She received her MFA in poetry from Spalding University and is the author of three collections of poems. Keane is also an award-winning journalist.
Janet Holloway is the founder of Women Leading Kentucky, a non-profit organization that provides educational and leadership opportunities for women. Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do is a collection of short stories focused on the author’s Appalachian pioneering, bootlegging granny Billie.
Monic Ductan lives in Cookeville, TN, where she teaches literature and creative writing at Tennessee Tech University. The stories in Daughters of Muscadine feature people whose voices have been suppressed and erased for too long: Black women, rural women, Appalachian women, and working-class women.
Ohio-born author Cinda Williams Chima is a New York Times best-selling author of the Seven Realms, Heir Chronicles, and Shattered Realms teen fantasy series. Her newest duology, The Runestone Saga, (Balzer + Bray) launched fall 2022 with Children of Ragnarok. It marries Norse mythology and magic with Viking adventure, swordplay, romance and cut-throat politics.
Meredith is a picture book author who strives to tell authentic stories that reflect kids’ uniqueness, wonder, and magic. She is an activist and advocate, committed to a more just, more joyful world. She loves playing board games that go on too long, making mini books, and singing show tunes (when she’s sure no one is around). Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Meredith could often be found in bookstores and libraries when she was young. Now a children’s librarian, Meredith lives in San Francisco with her two sons.
Linda Elisabeth LaPinta is the author of four previous books and hundreds of articles and book reviews. In Kentucky Quilts and Quiltmakers, the author provides a panoramic view of Kentucky quiltmaking from colonial America through the American Revolution, through the Civil War and the 1900s, to the new millennium and the dynamic quilting industry of today.
Growing up in Kentucky halfway between Troublesome Creek and Hell-for-Certain and near a town named Hazard, Nancy Allen learned to take the non-risky route of looking before leaping. Dear Vampire invites you into the world of real vampires. Their extraordinary behavior proves that fact is truly stranger than fiction.