Kentucky Book Festival

2022 Kentucky Book Festival Information

The 41st annual Kentucky Book Festival will occur at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY on October 29, 2022, including 140-150 invited authors. Additional festival programs are to be determined.

Author participation in the 2022 Kentucky Book Festival will be by invitation only AFTER an author application form has been submitted here by midnight on May 16 and reviewed by the festival committee. The committee will choose authors and titles from those received by the submission deadline. Incomplete forms will not be reviewed, and online submissions are required. Due to limited funds, authors who apply independently and are invited to participate are responsible for their own travel and expenses related to attending the event. Review the festival’s anti-harassment policy here.

Kentucky Book Festival Book Bundle

The Kentucky Book Festival Book Bundle connects readers with Kentucky authors and Kentucky artists through a one-of-a-kind subscription-based experience which is delivered four times annually. Subscribers will “Find Themselves in the Story” through reading a newly released book and collecting curated specialty items, such as magnets, stickers, bookmarks, or postcards. Subscribers will also receive an item from Kentucky Soaps & Such in each bundle!This year's featured book bundle authors include Ashley Blooms, Kim Michele Richardson, Leesa Cross-Smith, and Silas House. 

To learn more about the 2022 Kentucky Book Festival Book Bundle subscription program, click HERE



To view videos of the 2021 Kentucky Book Festival, including sessions with H. W. Brands, W. Bruce Cameron, Vashti Harrison, Silas House, Sam Quinones, Gwenda Bond, Crystal Wilkinson, and more, visit our YouTube channelThe 2021 festival catalog can be viewed below.


Access the Author Application form here:


Thanks to our generous 2021 Kentucky Book Festival sponsors:

Thanks to our 2021 Kentucky Book Festival sponsors & partners for their support! To lean more about supporting the festival, visit the sponsor page at  

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