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Kentucky By Heart: Annual Kentucky Book Fair a grand celebration of state’s literary landscape

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I look forward with joy to participating, as an author, in the 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair this Saturday, November 16 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is the culminating event of a week of activities, starting on November 10, called the Kentucky Book Festival. This is the seventh time —...

Kentucky author Wendell Berry receives inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award

Kentucky author Wendell Berry received the inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award, presented in a ceremony last week at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Presented by Kentucky Humanities, the literary award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the literary culture of the Commonwealth. The award is named in honor of Kentucky journalist Carl West,...

Kentucky by Heart: With a heart heavy with loss of younger brother, wishing you happy Thanksgiving

By Steve Flairty Special to NKyTribune In one respect, this Thanksgiving season will be a time of genuine sadness for me. I lost my younger brother and only sibling, Mike, on October 27, to pancreatic cancer. It’s a disease I have nothing good to say about, a scourge on society. Our family, especially including Mike’s wife, Theresa, got hit broadside by the news of his diagnosis after he began...

Kentucky Book Fair: History and politics book selections offer rich choices at Saturday’s event,

History and politics are always popular genres at the Kentucky Book Fair, and this year’s selection of books will give Kentucky history buffs plenty to read about. Prolific biographer, renowned historian, and New York Times bestselling author H.W. Brands begins the day on the University of Kentucky Main Stage in conversation with Dr. Michael Benson about his newest book, Heirs of the Founders: The...

Sports fans will find plenty to like at Kentucky Book Fair — basketball legends and sports journalists

Everyone knows that Kentucky loves basketball. This year’s edition of the Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 17 will feature former players, coaches, and journalists telling stories of glory and scandal from sports history in the commonwealth. Fans and readers can meet them all at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer...

Girls rule young adult literature at 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 17 in Lexington

Fierce females will be the focus of a young adult literature panel at the 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 17 in Lexington at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena. The Kentucky Book Fair is the anchor event of the Kentucky Book Festival, taking place Nov. 12-17. Authors Mindee Arnett, Geanna Culbertson, Kristina McBride, and Lynn Slaughter will be on stage together, discussing the importance...

36th Annual Kentucky Book Fair moving to Kentucky Horse Park on Nov. 18; Kids Day on Friday

Kentucky Humanities will present the 36th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on November 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the seventh annual KBF Kids Day on Friday, November 17, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Both events will be held at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Sponsors for the event include Face It, Lindsey Wilson College, Spalding University, Morehead State University, Berea College, Eastern Kentucky...

Centre College Literary Luncheon during 36th annual Kentucky Book Fair to feature author Jamie Ford

Centre College will serve as the sponsor of a Literary Luncheon as part of the Kentucky Humanities 36th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 18. Since the first event in 1981, the Kentucky Book Fair has been connecting readers with local, regional and national authors in a shared celebration of reading, writing and books. This year, more than 180 authors will be participating in the event. The Literary...

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...

Annual Kentucky Book Fair set for Saturday; state authors headline strong lineup of writers

Now in its 35th year, the Kentucky Book Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Frankfort Convention Center in the Capital City. The fair is free and open to the public and will feature more than 180 authors and editors showcasing their most recent books, including several writers from University Press of Kentucky (UPK). This year, the Kentucky Humanities Council has joined...

Kentucky Humanities Council invites classes to attend Kids Day at the Kentucky Book Fair

Registration is open for the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Kids Day at the Kentucky Book Fair, which features programs for students in grades 3-12 on Nov. 4 at Frankfort Convention Center. Separate programs will be held for students in grades 3-8 and in grades 9-12. Programs for both grade groups are free, but advance registration is required. Ten travel grants of $300 each are also available for...

Constance Alexander: Bay Area Book Festival an affair to remember with something for everyone

Saturday morning, Berkeley California. The city is just waking up and stretching. As the homeless pack up their gear for another day of roaming and grazing, the runners begin to take over. The aroma of coffee wafts through the open doors of cafes. Witness the urban metamorphosis from skeletal to muscular, grubby Goodwill to high-end spandex, rickety shopping carts to trim back packs. On my morning...

Submissions for 35th Kentucky Book Fair are due by May 15 so author selections can be made

The Kentucky Humanities Council will present the 35th annual Kentucky Book Fair on November 5 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort. The sixth annual Children’s and Young Adult’s Day will be held on Friday, November 4, from 9 a.m.-2:00 p.m., also at the convention center. The Kentucky Humanities Council is accepting book submissions from now until May...

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...

Kentucky by Heart: A bucket list that’s already been fulfilled, sharing a deep sense of gratitude

Bucket lists get a lot of media play these days, and I’d like to offer mine, created Kentucky-style. But rather than suggest things on a list that I hope to do before I die, let me do a switcheroo. Please allow this grateful fellow to share items that have already been fulfilled…Kentucky by Heart blessings that have, and are, riding high in the commonwealth. Let’s call it a “Kentucky Thanksgiving...

It’s an ‘all-star lineup,’ with Wendell Berry as the headliner, at this year’s Kentucky Book Fair

Renowned essayist, novelist and poet Wendell Berry heads an “all-star lineup” for the 34th annual Kentucky Book Fair. Berry will be among more than 200 international, national and state authors and illustrators at the state’s premier literary event on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Frankfort Convention Center. The fifth annual Kids and Teens Day, featuring more than...

Kentucky Book Fair – a celebration of reading and writing – returns for 34th year Nov. 14 in Frankfort

The 34th annual Kentucky Book Fair Nov. 14 will bring more than 200 authors from all genres to the Frankfort Convention Center. This annual celebration of reading and writing runs from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The fifth annual Kids and Teens Day the day before, Nov. 13, is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., also at the convention center. Here are a few of the highlights: ‣ Congressman Steve Israel (D-New...

Next Door to the Dead, Haunted Holidays out just in time for Halloween reading adventures

University Press of Kentucky has released two eerie books just in time for Halloween. (UPK photo) Just in time for Halloween … the University Press of Kentucky has released two “hauntingly good” publications: Next Door to the Dead: Poems by Kathleen Driskell and Haunted Holidays: Twelve Months of Kentucky Ghosts by Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown. When Kathleen Driskell...

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...