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Day One of the Golden Galleys

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Today is the first official day of our Golden Galleys Award competition, where you can receive an advanced reading copy of Conversations with Classic Film Stars: Interviews from Hollywood’s Golden Era by James Bawden and Ron Miller completely free of charge! During this competition, we will be giving away three copies on three separate days. To participate in the competition, all you have to do is come up with something witty for the featured actors to say and submit it to the email address listed above.

Today’s Golden Galley image shows Rory Calhoun coming onto Marilyn Monroe in 1954’s River of No Return (image courtesy of 20th Century Fox). In Calhoun’s interview with Ron Miller, he discusses the excitement of working with some of Hollywood’s greatest leading actresses of the time:

Miller: Once you were back at Fox, you really started to get career momentum after your romantic role opposite Susan Hayward in With a Song in My Heart. How was she to work with?

Calhoun: She was marvelous—a real pro. God, what a pleasure to work with that lady!

Miller: And of course the studio put you into two of its big Cinema-Scope pictures with Marilyn Monroe—How to Marry a Millionaire and River of No Return. Your memory of Marilyn?

Calhoun: She was a phenomenon that I doubt like hell this town will ever see the likes of again. There have been a lot of people trying to copy her one way or another—and to me, they’re third stringers.

Miller: In River of No Return, you lost her to Robert Mitchum. Like you, he’s an actor who had his hard times in the tabloids. What do you think of him?

Calhoun: He’s one of the greatest guys you’ll ever meet in your whole life. I’m very fond of Bob. He’s a hell of a guy. I guess we could have swapped roles [in that picture], but he was right for that and I was right for what I was doing because I was more greasy, more slick. Well, let’s face it: that’s where it is. I had this shitty look. That’s what they wanted and that’s what I gave ’em. There wasn’t a hell of a lot of effort involved.”

Conversations with Classic Film Stars is set to release this coming April. If you can’t wait that long, be sure to enter into our contest. For more information on the book, click here.

The Golden Galley Awards

In honor of awards show season, UPK has decided to host a competition of its own…

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Presenting the Golden Galley Awards! For those of you who don’t know, a galley is an advanced reading copy of a book that is soon to be in print. These copies are usually mailed off for advertisement purposes, but we have reserved three copies of an upcoming book, Conversations with Classic Film Stars: Interviews with Hollywood’s Golden Era by James Bawden and Ron Miller which was featured on our blog yesterday, for our devoted social media followers.

Here’s how the competition is going to work. We will be giving away one galley a day on February 24, 26, and 28, and you may enter to win by participating in a speech bubble competition. We will be posting photos from Classic Film Stars on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts on these days (just one photo per day), which will feature a classic actor/actress or combination of the two who need some help determining what they could be saying in the photo. It will look something like this:

The Rules

When you see the picture come up on one of our social media accounts, the first step is to retweet, like, or share the photo. This step is crucial to the competition–we will be verifying that you have completed this step before selecting a winner. Step two is to take a nice, long look at the featured photo and muster up the wittiest, cleverest thing you think of to create a creative and hilarious picture. Once you have determined this, email your response to kentuckypress@gmail.com in order to be considered a contender for the day.

If you are selected as a winner, we will contact you by email to congratulate you personally and discuss the details of sending you your Golden Galley. Additionally, we will also display the image complete with your captions on various forms of social media to show off the creative mastermind that you are. We wish the best of luck to everyone! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the first opportunity to win your own 2016 Golden Galley Award.

Galley Giveaway: Let’s Get Fictional #1

UKY01 Birds of Opulence Selected.inddAs our fans and followers may have noticed, we have some exciting works of fiction due out this Spring. We’ve had the pleasure of working on them for months now, waiting for this moment—the time when we finally get to share them with you!

From now through 5:00 pm Eastern on Wednesday, January 13, enter for a chance to win one of five available advance reader copies of The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson. Fill out the form below to enter our contest and read this compelling tour de force before it’s published next month.

Also, click “read more” below to enjoy the first chapter of the work that Pulitzer Prize finalist Maurice Manning has called “lyrical and visionary, unconventional, and infused with beauty.”

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Five Days of Giveaways: Maggie (Green) Monday

Kentucky Fresh Cookbook Maggie Green001_TwitterWe’re in the holiday spirit here at the University Press of Kentucky, and we wanted to share a little of that cheer with our fans. All week we’ll be giving away a new book in a new way to a lucky someone.

Today is Maggie (Green) Monday, and in honor of her wonderful resource for cooks all over the Bluegrass State, we’re giving away a copy of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook to someone on Twitter. We’ll be sharing great recipes, images, and menus from the book all day on Twitter, so retweet, mention, like, or follow away. We will enter everyone who interacts with us or our tweets today (12/14/15) in a random drawing to win a free copy of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook!

Celebrating Kentucky’s Great Places: Photo Fun and Book Giveaway

From the banks of the Mississippi River to the peaks of the Appalachian mountains, Kentucky is a beautiful and biologically diverse place. This week, we’ll be digging into the Commonwealth’s natural heritage with the help of some classic books and giving you some ideas about great places to visit as well.

In the meantime, we’d like to announce a little contest for the week—tag us in a photo of you enjoying the great outdoors on social media and win a free copy of Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky. Just mention @KentuckyPress with your photo this week (May 23–30, 2016) via Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram to be eligible to receive your complimentary book.*

Go out and snap ’em up!

Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky By Thomas G. Barnes, Deborah White, and Marc Evans 204 pages, 10 x 8.5, 220 color photographs

Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky
By Thomas G. Barnes, Deborah White, and Marc Evans
204 pages, 10 x 8.5, 220 color photographs

*Limit: One free book per person. Offer ends May 30, 2016. The University Press of Kentucky reserves the right to a) deny submissions that appear to violate the terms and conditions of this promotion at its discretion, and b) discontinue or change this offer at any time.


We know you’ve put together the best, most elaborate, colorful, detailed, jazzy, funky toppers for the Kentucky Oaks today and the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, and we want to SEE THEM!

Snap your hat and tag us in a photo on Twitter (@KentuckyPress or #KentuckyPress), Instagram (@KentuckyPress or #KentuckyPress), or Facebook (@University Press of Kentucky or #KentuckyPress) and receive a FREE EBOOK copy of The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book. We’ll contact you for your email address and send the Ebook directly to you.

Hat’s off to all things Kentucky!

Kentucky Agate Giveaway!

Do you have an appreciation for art? Agate is one of the most unique, all-natural forms of artwork. Surprisingly, Kentucky is home to some of the most exquisite agate stones in the world. The key is to know where to find them though.

Fortunately for you, we are giving away one free copy of Kentucky Agate, in which experts Roland L. McIntosh and Warren H. Anderson map out where you can find some of the most colorful specimens in the Bluegrass state. Not only that, but they have also compiled hundreds of professional color photographs, showcasing the rare treasure in all its glory.

Be sure to click the link below and enter our giveaway for your chance to receive a free copy! Our giveaway ends at the end of the day on Tuesday, April 15! The winner will be notified by e-mail the following Wednesday.