Tomorrow will be the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair! The event will be happening from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and it is free and open to the public!
We have several authors who will be attending as well as speaking at the Kentucky Book Fair this year. Some of our most notable authors include: Fenton Johnson, Kathleen Driskell, Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown, William Lynwood Montell, Joy Perrine, Albert Schmid, and Edmund Zimmerer. The variety of authors in attendance demonstrates the diversity within Kentucky’s writing community. In addition, there will be an opportunity for readers to meet their favorite authors with a meet and greet.
Here are some samples of our authors you’ll encounter:
Inspired by the real-life state police kidnapping and murder of a legendary storyteller and petty criminal, The Man Who Loved Birds engages pressing contemporary issues through a timeless narrative of ill-fated romance. Celebrated author Fenton Johnson has woven a seamless, haunting fable exploring the eternal conflicts between free will and destiny, politics and nature, the power of law and the power of love.
Fenton Johnson is the author of award-winning fiction and literary nonfiction, including two novels, Crossing the River and Scissors, Paper, Rock, as well as Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey among Christian and Buddhist Monks and Geography of the Heart: A Memoir. He is associate professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona and teaches in the MFA program at Spalding University in Louisville.
In The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler provide a reader-friendly handbook featuring more than 100 recipes including seasonal drinks, after-dinner bourbon cocktails, Derby cocktails, and even medicinal toddies. The book’s introduction explains how the use of specific spirits and ingredients, glassware, and special techniques, such as muddling and infusions, accentuates the unique flavor of bourbon. Much of the book is devoted to recipes and instructions for the professional or at-home bartender, from classic drinks such as the Manhattan and the Mint Julep to drinks for special occasions, including the Candy Cane, Pumpkin Eggnog, and Kentucky Bourbon Sparkler. The authors complete the work with suggested appetizer pairings, a glossary of terms, and a bibliography of bourbon-related books.
Joy Perrine has been the bar manager at Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge in Louisville since 1985, was named “Best Bartender in Louisville” by Louisville Magazine, and has won numerous awards for her cocktails.
Susan Reigler is an award-winning former restaurant critic and drinks writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Her articles about bourbon have been published in Malt Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. She is author of the Compass American Guide to Kentucky, Adventures in Dining: Kentucky Bourbon Country, and The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks.
In this fascinating book, William A. Penn provides an impressively detailed account of the military action that took place in this Kentucky region during the Civil War. Because of its political leanings and strategic position along the Kentucky Central Railroad, Harrison County became the target of multiple raids by Confederate general John Hunt Morgan. Conflict in the area culminated in the Second Battle of Cynthiana, in which Morgan’s men clashed with Union troops led by Major General Stephen G. Burbridge (the “Butcher of Kentucky”), resulting in the destruction of much of the town by fire.
Penn draws on dozens of period newspapers as well as personal journals, memoirs, and correspondence from citizens, slaves, soldiers, and witnesses to provide a vivid account of the war’s impact on the region. Featuring new maps that clearly illustrate the combat strategies in the various engagements, Kentucky Rebel Town provides an illuminating look at divided loyalties and dissent in Union Kentucky.
William A. Penn, editor of the Harrison Heritage News, has published articles in Northern Kentucky Heritage and the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly.
Needless to say, this is an amazing opportunity to not only meet beloved authors but to discover new authors as well. The Kentucky Book Fair is a great way of discovering new talents and even expanding your taste in writing! For more information, you can visit the Kentucky Humanities Council’s website here: https://www.kyhumanities.org/kentuckybookfair.html.