Telling Kentucky's Story

Literary Luncheon

Tickets are $40 (plus tax) for lunch


Join Kentucky author Silas House as he reads from his critically-acclaimed novel, Southernmost, makes music with author Jason Howard and author and musician Tiffany Williams, and shows an excerpt from the new documentary, Hillbilly. 

About Southernmost:

In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew--and risks losing everything: his wife, locked into her religious prejudices; his congregation, which shuns Asher after he delivers a passionate sermon in defense of tolerance; and his young son, Justin, caught in the middle of what turns into a bitter custody battle. With no way out but ahead, Asher takes Justin and flees to Key West, where he hopes to find his brother, Luke, whom he'd turned against years ago after Luke came out. And it is there, at the southernmost point of the country, that Asher and Justin discover a new way of thinking about the world, and a new way of understanding love.

About the Author

Silas House is the author of five novels, including A Parchment of Leaves. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. House is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the winner of the E. B. White Award, the Nautilus Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Hobson Medal for Literature, and other honors.

photo by Tasha Thomas

About Hillbilly: Since our country's inception, there has been a palpable divide between Urban and Rural America. Within this great divide, certain regions are viewed as "other," and blamed for America's social ills. Since the 2016 presidential election, the cultural divide in America has expanded. Stereotyping and slurs are rampant, finger-pointing and name-calling abound.hillbilly goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American "hillbilly," and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. Filmed in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, hillbilly uncovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, "Affrilachian" poets, and intersectional feminists – all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region.

Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served at noon.

Silas House will sign books for attendees on site at the conclusion of the luncheon. Books will be available for purchase.

ArtsPlace is located in the LexArts building at 161 N. Mill St. in Lexington.

PARKING: No reserved parking; please see LexPark map.

Click here to order tickets. Seating is limited.

Total Cost: (Ticket cost $40 plus 6% sales tax)


      • 1 ticket = $42.40
      • 2 tickets = $84.80
      • 3 tickets = $127.20
      • 4 tickets = $169.60
      • 5 tickets = $212.00
      • 6 tickets = $254.40


Thanks to Berea College and Central Bank for their generous sponsorship of this event!