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After 35 years, Kentucky Book Fair leaving Frankfort for move to Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena

The Kentucky Book Fair, which draws thousands each November, is moving to Lexington because of the pending demolition of the Frankfort Convention Center. Kentucky Humanities Project Manager Brooke Raby told The (Frankfort) State Journal that there was no alternative site in Frankfort to host the event. The fair, which former State Journal Editor Carl West founded in 1981, has historically been at the...

Kentucky by Heart: Carl West will always be an important part of the state’s literary heritage

By Steve Flairty Special to KyForward I was saddened by the recent death of journalist Carl West, who helped fledgling writers like me have a chance to get our words out in public. He founded the Kentucky Book Fair, now annually attended by thousands in downtown Frankfort. I’ve participated in the event six times as an author with my books, along with numerous times as a regular attendee. The KBF...

Former editor, reporter Carl West dies at 74; was founder of Kentucky Book Fair

Carl West, the former editor of the Frankfort State Journal and the founder of the Kentucky Book Fair, died Sunday at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. He had been ill for some time and recently suffered a stroke. Carl West West, 74, was a Campbell County native and former Kentucky Post reporter who earned a reputation as a “giant of community journalism.” West was Frankfort...

Community journalism ‘giant,’ Ky. Book Fair founder Carl West to receive Al Smith Award

A giant of community journalism will be honored Oct. 29 in Lexington at the annual Al Smith Awards Dinner of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.   Carl West, editor emeritus of The State Journal in Frankfort and founder of the Kentucky Book Fair, is the winner of the 2015 Al Smith Award for public service...

Everyday Heroes: Mary Lynn Collins a fierce supporter, true friend of Kentucky’s libraries

The statewide Friends of Kentucky Libraries has seen remarkable growth since Mary Lynn Collins took over as the group’s president in 2009. (Photo provided)   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Mary Lynn Collins received her love of books and libraries honestly–from her mom and dad, who made literacy a priority as she was growing up. A few years back, when she was helping...

A book for anyone’s taste ready for autograph at Frankfort’s 33rd Kentucky Book Fair

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...

Annual Kentucky Book Fair provides nearly $400,000 in grants to school, public libraries

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...