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Kentucky Book Fair anchors week-long literary festival; more than 180 authors highlight iconic event

Kentucky Humanities will present the 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Once held as a two-day event in Frankfort, the Kentucky Book Fair has found a new home in Lexington and expanded to a week-long festival (Nov. 12-17) with literary events for readers of all ages. The Kentucky Book Festival gives readers...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Richard Taylor’s new book explores history, inhabitants of Elkhorn Creek

Richard Taylor, a professor of English and Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University, explores the natural history, early inhabitants, and commerce along an eight-mile stretch of the main stem of the Bluegrass Region’s most esteemed waterway in his new book Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape, published by University Press of Kentucky. Paul Sawyier (1865-1917) was an American impressionist...

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...

Frank X and six other poet laureates celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day in Capitol Rotunda

A large crowd gathered in the Capitol Rotunda last year on April 24 for the induction of Frank X Walker as the Kentucky Poet Laureate. He and six others will celebrate Kentucky Writers Day again on April 24 in the same spot. (Photo from KAC)   Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker and six past poets laureate will gather April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda for readings and book signings in celebration...

Former Poet Laureate to emcee poetry readings at next Great Writers Series event

On Tuesday, April 8, the Kentucky Great Writers Series will return with three authors and former Poet Laureate Richard Taylor.   Arwen Donahue illustrated Leatha Kendrick’s Almanac of the Invisible. (Photo from arwendonahue.com) Sponsored by Wind Publications and held at The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, the event is intended to bring readers, writers and authors...

Planning guide offers educators creative ideas to celebrate 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day

The Kentucky Arts Council has released the 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day Planning Guide to help schools, businesses and other community organizations plan their own celebrations to commemorate Kentucky writers.   The planning guide, separated by organization type, includes lists of helpful suggestions and creative ways to mark the day and recognize some of Kentucky’s finest literary...

Planning guide offers educators creative ideas to celebrate 2014 Kentucky Writers' Day

The Kentucky Arts Council has released the 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day Planning Guide to help schools, businesses and other community organizations plan their own celebrations to commemorate Kentucky writers.   The planning guide, separated by organization type, includes lists of helpful suggestions and creative ways to mark the day and recognize some of Kentucky’s finest literary...

Newly-inducted poet laureate Frank X Walker receives standing ovation at capitol ceremony

Kentucky’s youngest and first African-American poet laureate was inducted yesterday in a ceremony at the State Capitol Rotunda.   Newly-inducted Poet Laureate Frank X Walker blows a kiss to the crowd who gave him a standing ovation following his remarks. (Photo from KAC) Frank X Walker will be the 2013-14 Kentucky Poet Laureate. He spoke and read from some of his work. Also reading were...

Boyd County sophomore wins state Poetry Out Loud competition, now goes to D.C.

Boyd County High School student Gabby Thompson won the right to travel to Washington, D.C., in April to represent Kentucky in the National Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation contest by winning the state competition March 12.   Winner Gabby Thompson (left) and runner-up Cheyenne Carter (Photo from ky.gov) Thompson, a sophomore, was one of 17 high school champions from across Kentucky who competed...