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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.

Father’s Day Books on Dad Written by their Children

Protective. Goofy. Heroic. Hardworking. Stoic. Knowledgeable. Jovial. There are a number of adjectives that can be used to describe fathers and the significant role they play in their children’s lives. But each father has his own unique story –- a story that may never be told.

Below are some of our favorite books written by children about their dads. Whether a father is interested in sports, film, history, suspense, or the military, he’s sure to find some of the subjects (and stories) interesting and appealing.

 

More information:

My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider’s Journey through Hollywood

Portrait Of A Father

My Father, Daniel Boone: The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone

Dalton Trumbo: Blacklisted Hollywood Radical

Voice of the Wildcats: Claude Sullivan and the Rise of Modern Sportscasting

Battlefield Surgeon: Life and Death on the Front Lines of World War II

Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder

Hitchcock’s Partner in Suspense: The Life of Screenwriter Charles Bennett

 

Father's Day Reads University Press of Kentucky

Happy Father’s Day! Books on Dad Written by their Children

Oh, Dads…a seemingly limitless source of bad jokes (have you heard this one? What do you call an Alligator wearing a vest? An investigator!), bear hugs, and well-meaning advice. Some Dads are goofy, some serious, and my Dad will probably spend all day watching the U.S. Open, yelling at golf balls to “Get in there!” If I were to write a book about my Dad, it would include his terrible scrambled eggs recipe and endless battle against the rabbits that eat the flowers in his yard. Below are a few of our favorite books written by children about their fathers…I promise, the stories are much more interesting than scrambled eggs.

More Information:

Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder

Hitchcock’s Partner in Suspense

Voice of the Wildcats

Dalton Trumbo

My Life as a Mankiewicz

Portrait of a Father

My Father, Daniel Boone

Giveaway Countdown: Six Fascinating Facts about the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame Inductees

This week, we’re giving away a book by one of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame finalists. Respond by Wednesday, January 30 at 1:00 pm for your chance to win!

The six inaugural Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame inductees were responsible for some amazing “firsts” and accomplishments. For instance, did you know . . .

1) William Wells Brown’s Clotel is considered the first novel written by an African American.

2) Elizabeth Madox Roberts’s frail health kept her from college until 1917 when, at age 36, she enrolled at the University of Chicago. There, her colleagues recognized her original genius and helped her launch a late-blooming but productive literary career which included her acclaimed novel The Time of Man.

3) Robert Penn Warren is the only person to have ever won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction (All the King’s Men) and poetry (Promises and Now and Then).

4) Harry M. Caudill’s masterpiece, Night Comes to the Cumberlands, prompted President John F. Kennedy to appoint the Appalachian Regional Commission and led to the investment of more than 15 billion dollars in aid in the region over twenty-five years.

5) Harriette Simpson Arnow’s novel Hunter’s Horn finished close to James Gould Cozzens’s Guard of Honor in the voting for the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Joyce Carol Oates has called the book “our most unpretentious American masterpiece.”

6) James Still, author of River of Earth, is the only inaugural member of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame not to have been born in Kentucky, but he lived in the state longer than any of the other inductees.

See more interesting facts about the inductees on our influence map, which visualizes the global reach and impact of these great Kentucky writers, and don’t forget to register for our giveaway.

Mapping the Reach of Kentucky Writers (Don’t Miss our Giveaway)

This week, we’re giving away a book by one of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame finalists. Respond by Wednesday, January 30 at 1:00 pm for your chance to win!

Last week, the Carnegie Center in Lexington announced the six inaugural inductees to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame: Harriette Simpson Arnow, William Wells Brown, Harry Caudill, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, James Still, and Robert Penn Warren.

As part of our celebration, we’ve created a map to visualize the global reach and impact of the inaugural inductees—featuring titles from the University Press of Kentucky as well as our friends at Louisiana State University Press, Michigan State University Press, the Jesse Stuart Foundation, and universities and libraries across the country.