Five UPK authors will be featured this Saturday and Sunday as C-SPAN will air programs produced in partnership with the Frankfort Plant Board. C-SPAN producers traveled to Frankfort during the Kentucky Book Fair and visited literary and historic sites while interviewing local historians, authors, and civil leaders. Frankfort is part of a regional circuit called 2011 LCV Cities Tour, in which C-SPAN producers travel the country in Ford Transit Connect vehicles equipped with modern digital camera, editing, and other recording technologies so that they can record and distribute programs on location. Five of the seven BookTV programs on the LCV Cities Tour offered by C-SPAN will feature UPK authors.
- Lindsay Apple, author of The Family Legacy of Henry Clay: In the Shadow of a Kentucky Patriarch, will discuss the life of Henry Clay and his family.
- Doug Boyd talks about his book, Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community. It is the story of the controversial demolition of Crawfish Bottom, a community known for violence, moral corruption, and unsanitary conditions. Boyd spoke to former residents of Craw (some four hundred families were displaced) to allow them to address the misconceptions that plagued their communities.
- Kent Masterson Brown will describe the Civil War in Kentucky through his book, One of Morgan’s Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry. Among the stories in Lt. Porters memoirs are tales of scouting behind enemy lines, sabotaging a Union train, being captured and held as a prisoner of war, and searching for an army to join after his release, all of which Brown prepared and researched expertly.
- Brad Asher will discuss his book Cecelia and Fanny: The Remarkable Relationship Between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress, a story about race relations in Civil War Kentucky. A collection of letters was found between a slave and her mistress after she escaped to Canada, prompting Asher’s book.
- Mike Veach, who wrote the forward for Gerald Carson’s book, The Social History of Bourbon, will talk about the social and cultural impact that bourbon production has had on the state.
All of these programs contribute to knowledge about Kentucky’s history and literary life. At times, the focus will be on personal narratives about specific times and places, yet other episodes will be broader stories about important historical events that shaped not only Kentucky, but the nation as a whole.
Times the programs air on CSPAN are as follows:
Saturday, August 27 at 11:30 am ET
Sunday, August 28 at 12:00 am, 10:30 am, and 4:15 pm
Kent Masterson Brown
Saturday, August 27 at 9:00 am and 8:30 pm ET
Sunday, August 28 at 1:00 pm
Monday, August 29 at 4:00 am
Saturday, August 27 at 1:00 pm ET
Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 am and 7:30 pm
Monday, August 29 at 2:30 am
Other air times can be found at www.C-SPAN.org