A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

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,...