Telling Kentucky's Story

Kentucky Book Festival

Join us for the first annual

Kentucky Book Festival

November 12-17, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky

The Kentucky Book Fair has expanded into the Kentucky Book Festival - six days of literary events in Lexington!
Join us all week for readings, cocktail parties, trivia, and more, all culminating with the 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair on
Saturday, November 17 at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena.

Wendell Berry

H.W. Brands

Rita Mae Brown

Beck Dorey-Stein

Artis Gilmore

Silas House

Bobbie Ann Mason

Kristina McMorris

Billy Reed

Robert Sabuda

Sarah Smarsh

Michael Sokolove

Information for Visitors

Explore Lexington: We're proud to be in Lexington and to showcase many of the city's beloved venues. If you're looking to make a week or weekend of your visit here for the Festival, look no further than our friends at VisitLex! You can find information about hotels, restaurants , and other fun things to experience while you're in the area. Be sure to tag your social media posts with #sharethelex!

Books: Outside books are not allowed at any Festival event. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. However, books will be available for purchase at all Festival events, including more than 500 titles at the Kentucky Book Fair. Each author has their newest book for sale, and in some cases, older titles as well. Book sales sustain the festival and help us bring more great authors to Central Kentucky! It's the perfect time to buy for the holidays, or for yourself.

Recording: Audio and/or video recording of any and all Festival events is strictly prohibited.

Pet Policy: With the exception of service animals, no pets will be permitted in any Festival venue.

Lost & Found: The Lost & Found is located at any Kentucky Humanities-staffed table at Festival events, and at the Information Table at the Kentucky Book Fair.

Thanks to our generous sponsors:


And our partners:

Anti-Harassment Policy: Kentucky Humanities has implemented a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex (including transgender status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, political affiliation, or status as a parent.

The Kentucky Book Festival has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, whether in person or via email/social media/other electronic means, including but not limited to:
Stalking or intimidation
Offensive verbal comments
Physical assault and/or battery
Harassing or non-consensual photography or recordings
Bathroom policing
Inappropriate, unwelcome, or uninvited physical contact or attention

Should someone engage in any of these harassing behaviors, Kentucky Humanities staff will alert venue security, who will take immediate action in whatever form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from the event. This policy applies in all venues and areas of the Festival, to all who participate: staff, volunteers, authors, exhibitors, attendees, guests, vendors, press, and others.

If you have been made uncomfortable by someone’s harassing behavior, or if you see harassing behavior happening to anyone else, please tell us. You can report an incident at a KH-staffed Welcome table, at the Kentucky Book Fair Author Check-In table and/or the Volunteer and Information table, or tell the nearest Festival volunteer, and they will find a Kentucky Humanities staff member to assist you. If necessary, we will contact local law enforcement, provide an escort, offer a safe place, or otherwise assist anyone feeling unsafe so that the rest of their experience at KBF is safe and pleasant.