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)