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Experts to speak as Lexington explores options for controversial statues, marker

  Lexington’s Urban County Arts Review Board will meet from 3-5 p.m. today in the Council Chamber to hear from a variety of experts as it explores the treatment and placement of the John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge statues, and an historical marker describing the slave trade.   The statue of John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate officer, is one of two statues and a historical marker...

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...

Madam Belle offers glimpse of Gilded Age South told through Lexington’s Belle Brezing

Belle Brezing made a major career move when she stepped off the streets of Lexington, Kentucky, and into Jennie Hill’s bawdy house—an upscale brothel run out of a former residence of Mary Todd Lincoln. At 19, Brezing was already infamous as a youth steeped in death, sex, drugs and scandal. But it was in Miss Hill’s “respectable” establishment that she began to acquire the skills, manners,...