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UPK75: 75 Years of the University Press of Kentucky

The word “exhibit” usually has a very specific connotation to those in the UP world. Exhibits are events—conferences, book fairs, craft markets, etc.—where publishers rent space to display and/or sell their titles. Some exhibits are geared toward selling books directly to the public, and your booth might be behind a chocolatier’s and across from a painter’s. Others occur during academic conferences and are primarily for meeting with potential authors and scholars in the field.

However, just a few short weeks ago, we were tasked with preparing for an exhibit of another sort—a showcase of our institutional history. We won’t dive too deep into the details in this post—if you missed our latest entry about the exhibit and other 75th anniversary initiatives, you can find it here—but the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning graciously partnered with us, lending us space in their second floor foyer to erect a display commemorating the past 75 years.

UPK75 debuted two weeks ago during the May LexArts Gallery Hop. Despite the rain, there was a wonderful turnout, and we were happy to share a night of celebration and camaraderie with our loved ones, fellow staff members (past and present), authors, and community partners.

If you weren’t able to make it to the Carnegie Center for the UPK75 opening, you missed out on a special night, but not to fear—the exhibit will remain on display through early July. We encourage you to stop by the Carnegie during its business hours to take a look in person.

And if you live too far away to make the trek to Lexington, you’re in luck, as we’ve captured a few of the evening’s highlights in the slideshow below.

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Thanks again to those who helped make this exhibit possible, as well as our Gallery Hop reception attendees and everyone who has visited the display. Our 75th anniversary celebration is far from over, though, so make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on UPK events and happenings!

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13 Finalists Announced for the 2014 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

Following last year’s inaugural class of inductees into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, 13 writers from the Commonwealth have been nominated for the honor this year. Only six of these beloved native sons and daughters will be inducted for this year’s class, announced at an induction ceremony slated for Thursday, January 23, 6:30 pm, at the Carnegie Center. It is free and open to the public.

To be eligible for induction this year, the writer must have been deceased, connected significantly to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the author of published and enduring fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

“These extraordinary writers are not only artists, they are authentic Kentuckians who spent their lives telling stories of the people, places and culture of our state, ” said Neil Chethik, executive director of the Carnegie Center.

According to Chethik, the purpose of the Hall of Fame is 1) to honor great writers and writing around Kentucky, 2) to affirm and promote Kentucky’s rich literary legacy, and 3) to provide a place where children and adults can learn about the great books and writers who came from (or through) Kentucky.

The 2014 finalists come from various regions in Kentucky and represent writers from many genres–children’s books, historical nonfiction, and autobiography, among them.

Congrats to all of this year’s honorees!

This year’s 13 finalists are:

James Lane Allen (Lexington)

Rebecca Caudill (Cumberland)

Thomas Clark (Lexington)

Guy Davenport (Lexington)

Janice Holt Giles (Adair County)

James Baker Hall (Lexington)

Etheridge Knight (Paducah)

Thomas Merton (Nelson County)

Jim Wayne Miller (Bowling Green)

Alice Hagen Rice (Shelbyville)

Effie Waller Smith (Pike County)

Jesse Stuart (Riverton)

Hunter S. Thompson (Louisville)

UPK Books by Honored Writers:

 

A Famed Giveaway: Celebrating Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame Nominees

The Carnegie Center in Lexington has created a Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame to honor 200 years of writers in the state, and we’re celebrating with a special giveaway!

From the field of thirteen finalists, six writers will be selected as inaugural members of the Hall of Fame and their names will be announced at a public gathering on January 24. The University Press of Kentucky is proud to publish books by and about many of the finalists, and, this week, we’re giving away one of these books to a lucky winner.

View eligible books here.

The Finalists:

  • Harriette Arnow
  • William Wells Brown
  • Harry Caudill
  • Thomas D. Clark
  • Guy Davenport
  • John Fox Jr.
  • Janice Holt Giles
  • James Baker Hall
  • Thomas Merton
  • Elizabeth Madox Roberts
  • James Still
  • Jesse Stuart
  • Robert Penn Warren

To enter our giveaway, fill in the required fields below with your name, address, and the title of the book you would like. (View the eligible books here) We will randomly select one winner on Wednesday, January 30 at 1:00 pm.

Good luck, and spread the word!

Daily Notes: Tuesday, April 13

This is shaping up to be a big, exciting week here at UPK. Primarily, because the bluelines of the NEW catalog are back from the printer, and I can reveal all soon, but also because there are still a ton of UPK author events happening.

TONIGHT, The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (@West Second and Market Streets in Lexington) is hosting the next installment of the Kentucky Great Writers Series, featuring Jim Tomlinson reading and signing Nothing Like an Ocean: Stories. I will most likely be in attendance, as should you!

TOMORROW, Joseph Beth Booksellers at the Lexington Green Shopping Mall is hosting a book launch/cocktail party for Chef Schmid’s The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook. I just bet your friendly bookseller at Joseph Beth is more than happy to sell you a ticket to the event, featuring hors d’oeurves from the cookbook and cocktails mixed by favorite UPK mixologists Joy Perrine and Susan Riegler of The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book fame.

As always, you can keep it tuned right here for all your UPK news and notes or at our Twitter feed. Hope to see you tonight!