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Kentucky by Heart: Writing room provides many opportunities for virtual trips, enriching experiences

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist My sweet spot for leisurely travel destinations is almost always centered within the state of Kentucky. I don’t feel deprived at all in saying so about what might seem to be such modest expectations; Kentucky is a special place that I can both enjoy and feel a sense of pride as I travel it. Call me simple in tastes, but it won’t matter a bit to me. There’s...

Kentucky by Heart: One man’s top 10 bucket list of books not to be missed — what are your favorites?

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist My love of reading Kentucky-related books, particularly non-fiction, started as a child. Inspired by my father’s interest in showing our small family the people and places of the state, I devoured the biographies in the tiny Grant’s Lick Elementary School library dealing with the Commonwealth. I read books about Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay, Mary...

Discussion of new book of Thomas Merton letters set for UK Art Museum Friday

(Image from UK Art Museum)   University Press of Kentucky, in partnership with The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky Libraries, will celebrate the publication of The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam with editors Paul Evans Holbrook Jr. and F. Douglas Scutchfield.   The event will be held Friday, Dec. 12, at 6...

Seven writers added to Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, including a monk and a prisoner

Etheridge Knight (Photo from Poetry Foundation)   The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning inducted its second class of seven writers into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame including, for the first time, a children’s author, a spiritual writer, a historian and the first writer connected to a political movement.   Rebecca Caudill, from Adair County, was a children’s book author;...