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Author Silas House to discuss novel, documentary during Kentucky Book Festival Literacy Lunch

Kentucky Humanities will present the Kentucky Book Festival Literary Luncheon on November 13 at noon at ArtsPlace in downtown Lexington.

This year’s event features Kentucky author, playwright, music journalist, columnist, and activist Silas House, whose newest novel, Southernmost, was released in mid-2018 to wide critical acclaim. The afternoon will include readings from Southernmost interspersed with music from House, writer Jason Howard and musician Tiffany Williams. House will also show and discuss a segment from the new documentary, Hilbilly, for which he is an executive producer.

Silas House (Photo by Tasha Thomas)

“I’m excited to be a part of the first Kentucky Book Festival. The Literary Luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for me to share so many things I love – books, music, and film – with readers.” said House.

“We are thrilled to have Silas House featured at the Literary Luncheon. He embodies the best of southern literature, and his care for all aspects of rural and Appalachian culture is evident in much of what he undertakes,” said Bill Goodman, executive director of Kentucky Humanities. “We are thankful to Central Bank and Berea College for their sponsorship of this event and invite the entire community to attend this and all Festival events taking place November 12 -17.”

Since the 2016 presidential election, the cultural divide in America has expanded. Stereotyping and slurs are rampant, finger-pointing and name-calling abound. Hillbilly goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American “hillbilly,” and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype.

“I’m happy to see somebody trying to cover us as we really are and not what some people think we are. It’s wonderful the attention you’ve paid to so many areas that are so important to all of us. I’m proud to have been mentioned in the film a time or two.” – Dolly Parton on Hillbilly

Silas House is the author of five novels, including A Parchment of Leaves and Clay’s Quilt,. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered. House is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the winner of the E. B. White Award, the Nautilus Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Hobson Medal for Literature, and other honors.

A coal miner’s daughter from Eastern Kentucky, Tiffany Williams lives in Nashville, where she writes songs and fiction. She is the recipient of the 2011 Jean Ritchie Fellowship for Appalachian Writing and the 2017 Denny C. Plattner Award for fiction. Her stories have been featured in Still: The Journal, Waxing & Waning, and Appalachian Heritage. Her debut album, When You Go, will be released in early 2019.

Jason Howard is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of three acclaimed books: A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music; Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal; and We All Live Downstream: Writing About Mountaintop Removal. His essays, features, reviews and commentary have been widely published and anthologized. Howard is the co-founder and former creative nonfiction editor of Still: The Journal and former senior editor of Equal Justice Magazine. He holds a B.A. in Political Communication from The George Washington University, an M.A. in History from the University of Kentucky, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Tickets are $40 plus tax and include a Key West-themed lunch. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. Silas House will sign books for attendees on site at the conclusion of the luncheon. Books will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at www.kyhumanities.org.

The Literary Luncheon is one of many Kentucky Book Festival events taking place November 12 – 17. The Kentucky Book Festival would not be possible without our sponsors, donors, and community partners. More information on the Festival, including a full list of sponsors, events, and authors can be found at www.kyhumanities.org or by calling 859-257-5932.

From Kentucky Humanities Council

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