Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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
Two pairs of non-prescription reading glasses. Please email Connie Crowe at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are missing a book that has a specific inscription, please email Connie Crowe at email@example.com to see if it was found at the end of the day.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Through personal recollections, primary sources, authentic artifacts and touch-screen activities, students can learn critical thinking strategies and explore the difficult decisions Kentuckians faced during the Civil War. Each story highlights the importance of individual choice as a major factor in shaping Kentucky history.--Kentucky Historical Society