Telling Kentucky's Story

2018 Kentucky Book Fair

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Doors open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All authors on the floor during that time unless otherwise noted in the catalog.

Venue Map

2018 Authors

2018 KBF Master Class

2018 Kentucky Book Fair Donors

Vendors & Exhibitors: University Press of Kentucky, Kentucky Monthly, Larkspur Press, Butler Books, Bluegrass Writers Studio Low-Res MFA, Appalachian Heritage magazine, The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning, Lexington Public Library, Spalding University's Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program, University of Kentucky MFA in Creative Writing, Friends of Kentucky Libraries

Book Fair Parking - There is ample free parking in the main lot at the Alltech Arena. Please let the attendant know as you enter the Kentucky Horse Park that you are attending the Kentucky Book Fair and you will not be charged for parking.

Price List Information

Book Fair Sponsors

Seating Chart for Saturday

Schedule of Events

Kentucky Book Fair - Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington
Doors open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

UK Main Stage
300 seats
Lindsey Wilson Room
125 seats
Spalding Room
75 seats
10:00 AM H.W. Brands discusses
Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants
Dr. Michael T. Benson
Fiction Tells the Whole Truth
with Kristina McMorris , Elaine Neil Orr, and Hannah Pittard
Fierce Females in YA Literature
with Mindee Arnett ,
Geanna Culbertson , Kristina McBride and Lynn Slaughter
11:00 AM Bestselling Pop-Up Book Author
Robert Sabuda
Ten Horse Farm
The People You Know:
Rural Literature Now
with Jane Hertenstein, David Joy
Crystal Wilkinson
Jonathan Putnam
Final Resting Place:
A Lincoln & Speed Mystery
12:00 PM Wendell Berry
in conversation with
Jon Parrish Peede, Chairman,
National Endowment for the Humanities
Moderated by Dr. Morris Grubbs
Michael Sokolove
The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball
with Kentucky Journalism
Hall of Fame sports reporter

Billy Reed
The World in Southern Cuisine
with Cynthia Graubart, Brian Noyes, and Virginia Willis
1:00 PM Sarah Smarsh discusses
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
with Dr. Kathryn Newfont
Doug Brunk discusses
Forty Minutes to Glory: Inside the Kentucky Wildcats' 1978 Championship Season
with Jay "The Blond Bomber" Shidler, Assistant Coach Dick Parsons,
and James Lee
moderated by Rob Bromley
Jonathan S. Cullick discusses
Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men: A Reader's Companion
2:00 PM Basketball Legend
Artis Gilmore
in conversation with
UK sports legend and ESPN Radio Commentator Mike Pratt
Dan Issel
Rita Mae Brown discusses Homeward Hound
You Should Be Reading
with Anne Bogel,Kimmery Martin, and James Mustich
3:00 PM Silas House
in conversation with
Nickole Brown and
Kayla Rae Whitaker
EKU President
Michael T. Benson discusses
College for the Commonwealth:
A Case for Higher Education in American Democracy
Christina Snyder discusses
Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in the Age of Jackson
Dr. William "Chip" Richardson