Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning to induct four into the 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

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The Carnegie Center has announced four inductees into the 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, including Berea author, feminist, and social activist, bell hooks.

“Bell hooks is one of the most influential cultural critics of our time,” said Neil Chethik, Executive Director of the Carnegie Center. “She has built a worldwide readership over 40 years with unique insights on such topics as love, race, and power. We are thrilled to invite her to join the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.”

bell hooks

In addition to bell hooks, three deceased Kentucky writers will be honored at the 2018 Induction Ceremony slated for Wednesday, January 31, 7 p.m.. 

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the event, which is free to the public (some sections are reserved). Light refreshments and sweets will be provided. Locally-owned Wild Fig Books & Coffee will sell books by the inducted authors. 

There will also have a special musical performance from Appalachian singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Gleaves. KET will, once again, record the event to broadcast at a later date.

Sponsors are Central Bank, KET, LexArts and Kentucky Arts Council.

Between 2012 and 2017, 29 writers were inducted into the Hall of Fame. For a full list of the inductees
including their bios visit Carnegie’s Website.

2018 Deceased Inductees:

John Fox, Jr.
Annie Fellows Johnston
Walter Tevis

2018 Living Inductee:

bell hooks

Selection to the Hall of Fame involved a 3-step process: 1) nominations from the general public; 2) recommendations from a committee chaired by Tamara Coffey of the Kentucky Arts Council, and including poets, novelists, bookstore owners, a publisher and the state librarian; and 3) final selection by the Carnegie Center’s Hall of Fame Creation Committee.

For a writer to have been eligible this year he/she must be 1) published; 2) someone whose writing is of enduring stature; and 3) someone connected in a significant way to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame was created to recognize Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of our commonwealth, and to educate Kentuckians about our state’s rich literary heritage.

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