Sue Grafton, Kentucky-born mystery writer, dies in California of cancer: Her alphabet now ends in ‘Y’

The alphabet now ends in Y. Her daughter Jamie published this picture on Facebook — Grafton wearing THE original all purpose black dress. Sue Grafton, the extraordinary writer of the alphabet series of mystery novels, has passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. Grafton, 77, a Kentucky native, was a New York Times best-selling author, published in 28 countries and 26 languages. Her alphabet...

Cha-ching! 2013 Kentucky Book Fair rings up $145,000; libraries, literacy programs benefit

The Kentucky Book Fair rang up nearly $145,000 in sales during its two-day run, making it one of the top grossing in the 32-year history of the state’s premier literary event, officials announced.   “Once again, the residents of Kentucky have shown that we are a literary state that supports literacy, libraries and a fierce love of the written word,” said KBF manager Connie Crowe. “We appreciate...

Constance Alexander: Yes, Western Kentucky also produces a host of great writers, artists

Apparently, I am not the only one who noticed that the recent Kentucky Living article, “A State of Storytellers: Why Kentucky is a Literary Capital” seemed to favor Eastern Kentucky, Louisville and Lexington writers, while overlooking many talents here in Western Kentucky.   An author with roots in Calloway County, Bobbie Smith Bryant, commented to me that a similar oversight launched her...