The Kentucky Book Festival was all virtual in 2020! Thanks for watching!
The Kentucky Book Festival was all virtual in 2020! Thanks for watching!
Grab your favorite bourbon or beverage of choice and join Peggy Noe Stevens & Susan Reigler, authors of “Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon?” as they explore the nuances and tasty noshes that make for a successful bourbon tasting.
Learn how four authors of contemporary fiction–Meg Cabot, Colleen Oakley, Sheila Williams, and Kimmery Martin–tackle writing dynamic leading ladies. Are they inspired by real women they’ve encountered, friendships they’ve experienced, or romantic entanglements they’ve witnessed? Tune in to find out.
Inventive and illustrative with their words, learn how these talented poets craft powerful and compelling work. Featuring poet Nana Lampton in conversation with Jeremy Paden, Caroline Randall Williams, and Leatha Kendrick about their latest collections.
Tune in to this fun, upbeat session, where children’s book author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand chats best tips and tricks to get kids of all ages excited about reading with these three talented picture book authors.
Writing books for middle and high schoolers takes empathy, insight, relatable characters, humor, a dash of drama, and a whole lot more. Learn from these authors of fiction for tweens and teens as they discuss the full recipe for writing with this age group in mind.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors will discuss their latest book, “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope,” with Deidra Dennie, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Transylvania University. The book, now available in paperback, is described as “a plea—deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans—to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.” Sponsored by Transylvania University.
Whether writing a thrilling, plot-twisting mystery or an agent-on-the-case, these authors truly know how to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Tune in to hear them talk about key elements in writing the perfect crime.
Grisham and Edwards, two New York Times bestselling authors, will discuss their writing careers and Grisham’s newest book, A Time for Mercy, which brings Jake Brigance—the star of Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill—back to the courtroom. Sponsored by Campbellsville University.
Teaching kids history and science doesn’t need to be boring. Whether writing fact or fiction, each of these talented authors artfully merges themes and concepts from past and present history and science to make a lasting impact on young readers. Tune in to this lunchtime session to learn more about how they do it!
Each of the fascinating protagonists in these novels set from the 1860s to the 1960s and beyond navigate challenges of morality, political and social divides, culture clashes, family alliances, and destiny. Learn how these authors look to the past while writing poignant content for the present.
How do authors go from writing in their spare time to holding a published book in their hands? It takes A LOT of writing and an uncanny persistence on success. Reading Courtney Maum’s latest book helps too! Tune in to this lively discussion, where agent and authors share behind-the-scenes knowledge about getting published.
David Blight | Amy Murrell Taylor
David Blight, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his most recent book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, will discuss Douglass’ personal and political life as well as his long and continued significance and impact on the history of the United States. Amy Murrell Taylor, a historian of the American South whose work focuses on the era of the Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction, is the author of (most recently), Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps. Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Department of History.
Jim Host, author of Changing the Game: My Career in Collegiate Sports Marketing, is the founder of Host Communications, Inc, a nationally renowned college sports marketing and association management company. He will discuss his book, published by the University Press of Kentucky earlier this year, with co-author, Eric A. Moyen. This event is brought to you in partnership with Commerce Lexington.
Join renowned poets Nikky Finney, Frank X Walker, and Reginald Dwayne Betts for an unforgettable evening in celebration of their work as poets, advocates, and educators. Sponsored by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.
How do environmental, cultural, and political conditions impact a region and the health of its occupants? Why does it seem certain parts of the U.S. are more negatively impacted by the opioid crisis than others? Learn how these investigative journalists and educators are fighting for justice, advocating for positive change, and informing the American public about the issues affecting its people at the intersection of economy and environment. Sponsored by the University of Pikeville.
August 18, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Elaine Weiss, Martha Jones, and Melanie Goan have all written engrossing and fascinating accounts of the history and impact of women’s suffrage. Their books work to depict a fuller view of the impact of the women’s suffrage movement, including its longer history in search of “equality for all.” Dr. Kathy Bullock, whose academic work includes documenting the journey and contributions of African American women in the struggle for the right to vote in the U.S., will moderate the discussion. Sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society.
From Samantha NeCamp’s scrutiny of stereotypes and misrepresentations about literacy in the region; to Matthew Algeo’s study of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 visit to the “heart of eastern Kentucky”; to Jeff Young and the Ohio Valley Resource examining the “heart of coal country,” hear from these authors about how and why Kentucky and the surrounding regions have changed over the past few decades, and why it matters for America today. Sponsored by Hindman Settlement School.
How on earth can an author have an imagination big enough to encompass another universe? Listen in as authors Terry Brooks—author of more than 30 books, including the “Shannara” series—and Alix E. Harrow—author of “The Ten Thousand Doors of January” and “The Once and Future Witches”—“talk shop” about how (and why) they write what they do, in worlds both real and imaginary.
Between the two of them, these New York Times bestselling authors have written more than 100 books, including titles in paranormal romance, fantasy, and more, and they’ve amassed loyal fans across the world. Enjoy this live session, as Christine Feehan interviews J.R. Ward about her work and the latest book in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, “A Warm Heart in Winter.” Sponsored by Wildcat Moving.
How have these authors, whose books span decades of time across Kentucky, seen the landscape and people change over the years? What have they learned about the places they live and work while writing about them? How does “place” impact the stories they tell? Tune in to this live session, as the authors chat these questions and more with Silas House (and a special, drop-in guest). Sponsored by Berea College.