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Monday, March 24, 2014

Bernard LaFayette Jr. to Speak at the University of Kentucky

Bernard LaFayette Jr., civil rights leader and author of In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma, will be speaking at the University of Kentucky tomorrow, March 25, at 7 pm. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear from the man who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and headed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in Selma, Alabama.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Frank X Walker nominated for NAACP Image Awards

Arts Council
Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker nominated for NAACP Image Award
Press Release Date: Friday, January 10, 2014
Contact Information: Emily B. Moses
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 472

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker is among the nominees announced this week for the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards. Walker was nominated in the category of Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry, for his latest book, "Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers."

The NAACP Image Awards highlight achievements in art, entertainment, politics and culture. The nominees and winners of the Image Awards are selected by a group of NAACP members.

"I was excited to find out about the nomination, though it was immediately muted by the news of the death of one of my favorite poets, Amiri Baraka," said Walker. "I have continued to feel pride to experience how the country and readers have responded to 'Turn Me Loose.' I hoped for as much. I feel like Medgar Evers' significance and legacy deserves it and I am truly honored that an organization he treasured sees some value in my humble effort."

Published by the University of Georgia Press in 2013, the year marking the 50th anniversary of Evers' assassination, "Turn Me Loose" unleashes the strong emotions both before and after the moment of Evers' death. Poems take on the voices of Evers' widow, Myrlie; his brother, Charles; his assassin, Byron De La Beckwith; and others. Evers was an NAACP field secretary at the time of his death.

Gov. Steve Beshear named Walker as Kentucky poet laureate for 2013-14. Walker is an associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky and the editor of Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. A Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry recipient, he is the author of six collections of poetry, including "Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York," which won the Lillian Smith Book Award, and "Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride."

"Since being named poet laureate, Frank X Walker has traveled the state and nation educating communities through his writing and personal experiences about the many ways art can be used to interpret and transform life," said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council, which coordinates the state's poet laureate program. "We congratulate Frank on his award nomination and look forward to seeing what the future holds for one of our most important and beloved Kentucky writers."

NAACP Image Awards are announced Friday, Feb. 21, for non-televised categories. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest civil rights organization. More information about the NAACP Image Awards and the poetry nominees is available on the awards website:

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Paul Ramey

Paul Ramey discusses his first time experience as an author at the 2013 Kentucky Book Fair.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2013 Kentucky Book Fair Tallies Nearly $145,000 in Sales

FRANKFORT, Ky., (Nov. 19, 2013) -- The Kentucky Book Fair rang up nearly $145,000 in sales during its two-day run, making it one of the top grossing in the 32-year history of the state’s premier literary event, officials announced.
“Once again, the residents of Kentucky have shown that we are a literary state that supports literacy, libraries and a fierce love of the written word,” said KBF manager Connie Crowe. “We appreciate the support of all of our patrons, author attendees and volunteers who help to make this a magical event in Kentucky.

Nearly 200 authors and illustrators participated in the book fair at the Frankfort Convention Center on Nov. 15-16, with more than 4,000 people attending the annual event. The first day was designated Children’s Day, bringing in about 400 students and $7,400 in sales, which are included in the overall totals.
According to Crowe, the top 10 sellers, in order,  were:
“W is for Wasted” -- Sue Grafton
“The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life” -- Rick Pitino with Eric Crawford
2014 calendar -- James Archambeault
“This Day: New and Collected Poems 1979-2012” -- Wendell Berry
“This I Believe: Kentucky” -- Dan Gediman and Keith Runyon
“My Kentucky Life” -- Dave Shuffett
“The Graves County Boys” -- Marianne Walker
“The Secret Diary of Sarah Chamberlain” -- Sarah Norkus
“Kinsey and Me” -- Sue Grafton
“100 Things Wildcat Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die” -- Ryan Clark and Joe Cox.

This year’s fair was more impressive since the 2012 event was one of the lowest in its history, grossing only $110,000 in sales.
“What happened Saturday in one of the larger ones in the KBF's 32-year-history is that the printed word today combined with the presence of the person who wrote it means very much for readers,” said KBF president Carl West, adding that 2013 sales rank in the top seven in the fair’s history.

 “And it dramatizes that there are no downsides to a book fair. Publishers make money, authors meet their readers – and the Kentucky Book Fair gives away its profits to public libraries that need it,” he added. “Everybody goes home a winner.”
Proceeds from the fairs, which exceed $350,000 to date, have been donated to school and public libraries and literacy programs across the commonwealth.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Missed Kentucky Book Fair and would like a book?

If you couldn’t make it to the KBF on Saturday and you would like to purchase a book, contact Connie Crowe at or 502/229-2542 to see if any additional copies (possibly autographed) are available.

Kentucy Book Fair - Lost and Found


Two pairs of non-prescription reading glasses.  Please email Connie Crowe at for more information.

 If you are missing a book that has a specific inscription, please email Connie Crowe at to see if it was found at the end of the day.



Saturday, November 16, 2013

2013 KBF Update

Elliot Parker, Beth Albright, and  R.S. Belcher will not be present.

Steve Flairty will be presenting at 9:30AM in the Fountain Place Room.

Coach Joe B. Hall will be signing after 10:30.