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Women authors to share stories of struggle and hope during 15th annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival

A thoughtful commentary on the segregation of swimming pools and stereotypes of African Americans and swimming is told through one young woman’s journey, from being told not to get into the pool to competing on Central High School’s swim team. This is the focus of one chapter in the Louisville Story Program’s The Fights We Fought Have Brought Us Here. The book is written by 10 young writers from...

New Kentucky books on United States Senators, women’s suffrage provide sharp focus for 2021

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to KyForward The end of any year causes us to reflect upon what we’ve accomplished, as well as what we resolve to do in the coming New Year. If social media and casual conversational remarks are any indication, this year—2020—is one that many people would prefer to forget. Of course, we all know deep down that forgetting 2020 will never be possible, and indeed, would...

University of Kentucky police seek donations for ‘Cram the Cruiser’ holiday toy drive for KCH

By Kathy Johnson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Police Department is seeking donations to “Cram the Cruiser” again this holiday season. This is UKPD’s fourth annual toy drive for UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH). From now until Dec. 17, new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the UK Police Department Headquarters at the corner of Rose Street and Euclid...

Kentucky by Heart: A look at the books Kentuckians are reading as the cold winter months approach

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist For both pleasure and resource purposes, I’m often found with a book in my hands (haven’t become an e-reader yet), and I also know for a fact that many fellow Kentuckians are. I’m figuring that with Covid and the approaching winter chasing us indoors, the scale of reading is increasing. So, as I’ve done so in this column before, I took the pulse of what...

Reading matters: Books can make a big difference in a child’s life and school performance

By Jill Barshay The Hechinger Report Literacy experts have long known that reading to toddlers, even babies, can make a big difference in children’s reading abilities later in elementary school. But does simply giving away free books to low-income families with young children help with early reading? An analysis of 44 studies of book giveaway programs concludes that free stuff does work. Dolly Parton’s...

New literacy initiative features books with children of color as main character by African American authors

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk will help launch a new literacy initiative spotlighting African American authors who write books with children of color as the main character. Beginning at 4 p.m. this Sunday (June 28), and continuing on Sundays this summer, different guest readers will read aloud on Facebook Live. The program – called 4-Reading Out Loud – is sponsored by...

Constance Alexander: Kentucky writer Karen McElmurray ups the ante in ‘Wanting Radiance’

Instead of a stream of literary yada-yada-yada about Karen McElmurray’s, “Wanting Radiance,” what could be better than letting the vibrant language and compelling situations in this magical novel speak for themselves? Take page one, for instance. Main character Miracelle Loving lets on how her mother, Ruby, refuses to reveal the identity of the girl’s father. Rather than answer her daughter’s...

Kentucky by Heart: A sampling of favorites from Kentucky’s bookworms to kick off the new year

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist It’s a new year and the winter season, and for many of us, it’s a time to renew — or simply resume — our reading habit. As I’ve done previously in this column, I figured it would be fun to see what literary delights Kentuckians are tasting these days. For a change of pace, I’m reading a couple of young adult books by Lexington author Ben Woodard....

Constance Alexander: Fahrenheit 451 sparks programs about literacy, public libraries, free speech

For a man who wrote stories that make spines tingle and raise hairs on the back of the neck, author Ray Bradbury was a just a regular guy. Sure, he had a fabulous imagination and earned worldwide renown, but his beginnings were humble, his tastes simple, his education unique. “I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library,” he said, “and it’s better than college....

Jamie’s Bookshelf: More recent nonfiction books to add to your holiday shopping list

(This is the second of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books.) By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist • “The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate” by Tom Brokaw (Random House, $27) is written by a noted journalist who was the White House correspondent for NBC News during the final year of Watergate. Published in the 45th anniversary year of Nixon’s...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A look at some nonfiction selections for your September reading list

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist • “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28) is an unusual look about topics that make people think differently about themselves and the world around them. In other words, the 415-page volume is basically about universal human condition. With startling...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A collection of recent nonfiction titles to help keep you warm this winter

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist • “Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Kentucky Basketball” by James Duane Bolin (University Press of Kentucky, $40) is the first full-length, critical biography of “The Baron of the Bluegrass.” The 408-page hardcover is based on over 100 interviews as well as newspaper accounts, court transcripts and other archival materials. If you’re a...

Kentucky by Heart: What’s on your reading list? Book choices from Kentuckians around the Commonwealth

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series on what books are popular among Kentuckians. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I’m a voracious book reader, always having at least two, and often three, in process. As you might expect, my choices are often about Kentucky or by Kentucky authors. I just finished James Klotter’s amazing biography, Henry Clay: The Man Who Would be President...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: These 13 additional summer reading titles offer politics, history and inspiration

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist This is the second of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books. — “Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump” by Dan Pfeiffer (Twelve, $28) is a part political memoir, part blueprint for progressives in the Trump era. The author, who was one of President Obama’s longest-serving advisors, tells...

'Brown bag sale' will help the International Book Project send packages of books overseas

  The International Book Project will hold a half-price book sale on July 18 and 19. All books in the bookstore are going to be half price along with a fill-your-own $5 “brown bag sale”. The money that is collected will be used to help send books overseas to those who do not have access to books.   The book sale will begin Friday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will continue on Saturday,...