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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

James Archambeault

For more than 20 years, James Archambeault has uniquely captured Kentucky's beautiful landscapes and inspiring scenes of nature. His much-loved books and annual Kentucky calendar are ways for us to enjoy his gift anytime, and share the beauty of our Commonwealth with others. Jim will be at the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair with the 2017 James Archambeault Kentucky calendar. #KBF16

Sarah Combs

Image may contain: nightLouisville native and current Lexingtonian Sarah Combs will be at the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair with her highly-anticipated and timely YA novel, The Light Fantastic (Candlewick Press, 2016). In this intense exploration of adolescence, Combs tells the stories of seven people and their roles in one tragic day. #KBF16

Friday, August 26, 2016

Crystal Wilkinson

Image may contain: textCrystal Wilkinson, Affrilachian Poet, Kentucky Author and owner of the fabulous Wild Fig Books & Coffee, will be at the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair. Her newest book, The Birds of Opulence (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), centers on several generations of women in a small black southern town as they live with secrets, madness, and love. #KBF16

 "Wilkinson is a lyrical writer, and, once encountered in these pages, her characters and their stories linger in our memories long after the last page is turned. "The Birds of Opulence" is a novel to be read and reread." - Ron Rash

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Margaret Verble

Lexingtonian and 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble will be at the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair with her first published novel, Maud's Line, the story of 18-year-old Maud Nail, an American Indian living in Oklahoma in 1928 who longs for a different life. Verble was inspired by the story of her own Cherokee family who were driven out of Georgia in the 1830s. Read more about this author and her book in her interview with Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader columnist. #KBF16
Lexington author Margaret Verble’s first published novel is a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and nobody is more surprised than she is.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WEKU is media sponsor

KHC is proud to have 88.9 WEKU as our media sponsor for the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair. We are grateful for their support in getting the word out to listeners in Central and Southeastern Kentucky! #KBF16 

WEKU WEKU: Public Radio from Richmond, Kentucky. Your source for news and music.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kentucky at National Book Festival

Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer chosen to represent Kentucky at National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Kentucky native and award-winning children’s author Heather Henson’s forthcoming book, Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer, has been chosen to represent Kentucky in the Pavilion of the States at the 16th Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C in September.

 The National Book Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 and is sponsored by the Library of Congress, Center for the Book.

The Festival includes a Pavilion of the States, at which every state highlights a children’s or young adult book that was written by an author from that state, or is about a subject relevant to the state, or in Kentucky’s case, both. For more information about the National Book Festival and the Pavilion of the States, please visit

Lift Your Light a Little Higher (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2016) tells the story of Stephen Bishop, the mid-19th century slave who explored and gave tours through Mammoth Cave. The book is illustrated by Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winner Bryan Collier.

A native of Danville, Heather Henson is the Managing Director of the Pioneer Playhouse, established in 1950 by her father, the late Col. Eben C. Henson. She is the Christopher Award-winning author of several children’s books, including That Book Woman, about the Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky; Angel Coming, about the Frontier Nursing Service; and Dream of Night, a middle-grades novel. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and Film Studies from The New School University in New York City, and an MA in Creative Writing and Literature from City College/City University of New York. For many years, she was an Editor of books for young readers at HarperCollins Publishers in New York. For more information on Heather Henson, please visit

Henson will also be at the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on November 5th at the Frankfort Convention Center.
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Mark your calendars for the 16th Anniversary National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Washington Convention Center. Follow the excitement via our hashtag, #NatBookFest.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

University Press of Kentucky

The Kentucky Book Fair is sponsored by the University Press of Kentucky and has benefited greatly from their knowledge and passion for great Kentucky literature for many years. We are grateful for their support and proud to feature many of their authors at the 35th Annual KBF in November.

Friday, August 19, 2016

J.T. Ellison

Image may contain: textNew York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison will be at the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair! Set in Nashville, NO ONE KNOWS tells the story of a woman who must figure out if she's lost her mind or if her husband has come back from the dead. If you're a fan of Catherine Coulter, Liane Moriarty, or Gillian Flynn, reach for J.T.'s books next! ‪#‎KBF16‬

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Frank X Walker

Image may contain: 1 person , closeupThis year marks two important anniversaries for literature in Kentucky: the 35th anniversary of the Kentucky Book Fair and the 25th anniversary of the Affrilachian Poets.

AP founding member, Danville native, and long-time Kentucky Book Fair author Frank X Walker will join us in November with his new collection of poetry, Affrilachian Sonnets (Larkspur Press, Oct. 2016) and a special AP25 panel discussion.
(photo credit: Tracy A. Hawkins)