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Join UPK and Governor Martha Layne Collins at the Clark Medallion Presentation

The latest winner of the Thomas D. Clark Medallion, Kentucky Government, Politics, and Public Policy, edited by James C. Clinger and Michael W. Hail, will be celebrated at a presentation on Thursday, February 27th at 4:00 p.m. in the Brown Forman room at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. Governor Martha Layne Collins will speak on her experiences in state government and the importance of books like this in helping citizens understand the political process. Jack Brammer, Frankfort reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, will moderate the event, which is free and open to the public.

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The Thomas D. Clark foundation was established in 1994 in honor of Thomas Clark, Kentucky’s historian laureate and founder of the University Press of Kentucky. Since 2012, the foundation has chosen one book which highlights Kentucky history and culture to be honored with a Thomas D. Clark Medallion.

Kentucky Government, Politics, and Public Policy joins previous winner, The Hills Remember: The Complete Short Stories of James Still, as the second book to receive the medallion.

Kentucky Government, Politics, and Public Policy is the first comprehensive volume on Kentucky government and politics in three decades and features contributions from Kentucky’s most well-known and respected political scientists. It covers state and local institutions, policy issues facing the state, and future political developments in the Commonwealth. It also includes numerous supplemental documents of interest, including the entire text of the Kentucky Constitution; listings of Governors, Lieutenant Governors, cities, and counties; and the text of several important speeches.

The wealth of information available led Senator Mitch McConnell to declare Kentucky Government, Politics, and Public Policy “the most in-depth and comprehensive study of political science in Kentucky I have come across.” He also hopes that “the next great statesman from Kentucky” may be reading the book right now.

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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: