Constance Alexander: In Country uses fiction and fact to make a connection between past, present

The first page of Bobbie Ann Mason’s novel, “In Country,” was my informal orientation to Kentucky. Samantha Hughes, the main character, was en route from the Bluegrass State to Washington DC with her grandmother and her Uncle Emmett to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Five lines down from the beginning, the word “Mamaw” jumped off the page. Then a few paragraphs down, Stuckey’s and...

Award winning author Bobbie Ann Mason featured speaker for Murray State’s first Easley Lecture

The Easley Lecture will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom on the campus of Murray State University. The event is free and open to the public. The series is named in honor of Sid Easley, former Murray State University Board of Regents chair, the first Golden Horseshoe Award recipient, Murray State alumnus and long-time supporter of the Murray State department of history. “This...

Discussion of Bobbie Ann Mason’s ‘Shiloh’ centerpiece of community reading in Murray Sept. 12

Staff report “Shiloh,” title story of Bobbie Ann Mason’s award-winning collection, “Shiloh and Other Stories,” will be the centerpiece of a community reading and discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Calloway County Public Library, 710 Main Street in Murray. Dr. Staci Stone, Professor in Murray State University’s College of Humanities and Fine Arts, will facilitate the discussion....

Constance Alexander: Pull up a chair and join the circle of Kentucky stories, both past and present

The candle is burning, the clock is ticking, the sun is setting. Whatever the metaphor, the door to summer slams shut when school starts in a couple of weeks. Even if the to-do lists remain woefully unchecked, consider spending the last fortnight of the season enjoying a couple of outstanding books with Kentucky connections. If you read “In Country” after its first printing thirty-two years...

Kentucky Women Writers Conference shines light on Commonwealth’s literary stars

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward For more than three decades the Kentucky Women Writers Conference has drawn many of the nation’s most noted literary icons to Lexington, including Maya Angelou, Joyce Carol Oates, Sonia Sanchez and this year, memoirist Mary Karr. But it also has long celebrated the rich literary legacy of the state of Kentucky with appearances by many of its native writers....

Five writers honored by induction to Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, all have UPK ties

Five writers were honored Thursday at the fourth annual induction of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in downtown Lexington. Created in 2013, the hall recognizes Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of the Commonwealth and educates Kentuckians about the state’s rich literary heritage. All of this year’s class...

Kentucky Book Fair coming for 33rd year with basketball, Beatlemania and the Civil War

Kentucky’s premier literary event – Kentucky Book Fair – is coming for the 33rd year to the Frankfort Convention Center on Saturday, Nov. 15, with nearly 200 authors in attendance and an expected 4,000-5,000 patrons visiting.   The fourth Annual Children’s Day will take place the day before on Friday, Nov. 14.   Teeny Lamothe’s latest (Photo from KBF) The scores...

Pumped Up: Four professors excited about launch of UK’s new MFA in creative writing

By Sarah Schuetze Special to KyForward   There are many parallels between initiating a program and starting a novel, poem or story. Those creative possibilities inspired the University of Kentucky’s creative writing faculty who are enthusiastically beginning the first semester of the school’s new master of fine arts.   For Andrew Ewell, a new assistant professor in UK’s Department...

George Ella Lyon, Bobbie Ann Mason, Sena Jeter Naslund at UofL Women’s Book Festival

(Photo from UofL)   The ultimate book club meeting will occur when readers and writers convene for the Eighth Annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival at the University of Louisville on Saturday, May 17, in the Ekstrom Library.   Author presentations, book sales, book signings and a luncheon will give participants a chance to connect over their favorite pastimes: reading, writing and talking...