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A Look at the Kentucky Book Fair on November 17

KBF_2018_UPK_ProgramAd.jpgNow in its thirty-seventh year, the Kentucky Book Fair is expanding to become the signature piece of a larger event, the Kentucky Book Festival. Organized by Kentucky Humanities, the Kentucky Book Festival will span from November 12 to 17 and involve six days full of literary events around Lexington, culminating in Kentucky Book Fair on November 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The fair will feature more than 180 authors, including over twenty-five who have been published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK):

 

 

In addition to authors who will be signing their books on the main arena floor on November 17, the Kentucky Book Fair will host a series of panel discussions and presentations for authors and readers alike on the main stage and in breakout rooms that day. Several panels include UPK authors eager to share their work:

The Kentucky Book Festival will be holding a series of events throughout the week at several different locations around Lexington. The events include readings, cocktail parties, trivia, and more:

  • Monday, November 12, 6:30 to 8:00 pm—The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning will host “New Kentucky Poetry & Prose” with readings by Willie Davis, UPK author Jeremy Paden, Robert Gipe, and Maureen Morehead. Free and open to the public; no tickets required.
  • Tuesday, November 13, 12:00 to 2:00 pm—ArtsPlace will host “A Literary Luncheon with Silas House” featuring him reading from his new novel Southernmost. Tickets are required and available for $40 at kyhumanities.org; seating is limited.
  • Friday, November 16—Jonathan S. Cullick, author of Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men: A Reader’s Companion, will teach a KBF Master Class on the basic rhetoric principles of persuasion and how to use them to more than 300 students. This event is for preregistered students and not open to the public.

Dedicated to honoring the profession of writing and to providing a format for authors to meet their reading public, the Kentucky Book Fair attracts thousands of avid readers and patrons nationwide. Featuring a broad range of titles including children’s books, military history, mystery, nature, fiction, and nonfiction, the fair attracts promotes reading across genres and age levels. Founded in 1981, the Kentucky Book Fair is the state’s leading literary event.

A full list of Kentucky Book Festival activities can be found on the Kentucky Humanities website.

KBF 2017: A Photoblog

To celebrate Kentucky Humanities‘ 2017 Kentucky Book Fair, we invited one of our current interns, Cassie, to do some reporting from the scene and write about her experience. Read what she (and a few of our authors) had to say—and take a look at what she had to see—below!


This past Saturday marked the 36th annual Kentucky Book Fair, and this was the first time it has ever been held in Lexington! About 180 authors set up tables and promoted their latest books. As a current student at the University of Kentucky and an intern at the University Press of Kentucky, this book fair was a welcome and surprising experience for someone who has never been to one. During my internship, I have seen how much dedication publishers have for the book fair. Promoting their authors and their press—it is whirlwind of exciting events! The following are some fun photos from my time at the book fair and a few, brief interviews with UPK authors.

Having the Kentucky Book Fair at the Kentucky Horse Park during the same weekend as a rodeo was so Kentucky. #onlyinKentucky
Part of the University Press of Kentucky’s booth.

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UPK’s Katie Cross Gibson and UK Libraries‘ Shanna Wilbur staffing the booth.

Booth 6

The welcome sign! Getting ready to walk through the door.

Author signing room

Entering the author signing room!

Quick Q&A with UPK author Colleen O’Connor Olson

Q: Have you attended the Kentucky Book Fair before?
A: No, I have not.

Q: How do you enjoy it at the fair?
A: I like it! It’s fun to talk about my books. There are lots of people and just so much going on.

Q: Do you have a favorite author in attendance today?
A: I don’t. I’m just checking out new people.

Colleen Olson signing

Olson holding Mammoth Cave Curiosities.

Q&A with UPK author Robert G. Lawson

Q: Have you attended the Kentucky Book Fair before?
A: No.

Q: How do you like it?
A: It’s good! I don’t know if I can stand it until four o’clock. (Editor’s note: Lawson got his wish, as he sold out of copies of Who Killed Betty Gail Brown? and was actually able to leave early!)

Q: Do you have a favorite author in attendance?
A: This guy right here [Richard H. Underwood]. He’s my best friend.

Q: What is your favorite part about the book fair?
A: Seeing everyone. I have had a lot of friends walk by.

Q: What excites you most about your book?
A: It’s out there and people seem to enjoy it…
Richard Underwood: It was one of his first cases back when he was practicing law.

Richard Underwood and Bob Lawson at KBF '17

Authors and signing neighbors Richard Underwood and Robert G. Lawson. UPK just released Lawson’s Who Killed Betty Gail Brown? this month.

Julia Johnson and JGV Collection

Julia Johnson, editor of The New and Collected Poems of Jane Gentry.

MFA intern Rachel Kersey being interviewed

Rachel, UPK intern and UK MFA in Creative Writing student, being interviewed by a Frankfort TV station.
So many authors and attendees—thanks to all who came!
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Join UPK at the 2015 Kentucky Book Fair

The Kentucky Book Fair is fast approaching! We hope you’ll join us this Saturday, November 14 at the Frankfort Convention Center for this annual celebration of great books and great authors. See below for all the UPK authors who will be signing (and speaking) at KBF, and visit kybookfair.blogspot.com for more details.

UPK Authors @ KBF:

James Archambeault
Wes Berry
Roberta Simpson
& Lonnie E. Brown
Kathryn Canavan
Joe Cox
Robert Crane
& Christopher Fryer

Terri Blom Crocker
Linda Scott DeRosier
Kathleen Driskell
Robert M. Farley
Richard Holl
Tom Kimmerer
George Ella Lyon
William Lynwood Montell

Carol Peachee
Susan Reigler
F. Douglas Scutchfield
Gerald L. Smith, John Hardin, and Karen Cotton McDaniel
Elder John Sparks
Michael R. Veach
Frank X Walker
Aimee Zaring

Speaking @ KBF:

Robert Crane and Christopher Fryer will talk about Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder at 12:30 pm in the Kentucky River Room.

Gerald L. Smith, John Hardin, and Karen Cotton McDaniel will discuss The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia at 2:00 pm in the Green River Room.

UPK Books @ KBF:

Click here to search by title or author for more information.

The 2013 Kentucky Book Fair: Bringing Regional Authors and Readers Together for 32 Years

2013KBF catalog coverEach year, Kentucky publishers, authors, and libraries gather to celebrate and support literary Kentucky. The 2013 Kentucky Book Fair will feature more than 200 authors this Saturday, November 16. Not only does the Book Fair allow authors and readers to connect, but it is also a major fundraising event for the Kentucky Book Fair foundation, which supports school and public libraries throughout the Commonwealth. Come visit the UPK booth—and all of the other fantastic vendors and events—at the Frankfort Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can even purchase the UPK book you’ve been waiting for and sign up for our ebook loyalty program then and there!

A wonderful group of UPK authors will be participating in the Book Fair. Check out this great list. . . and come meet UPK and your favorite author on the 16th!