Kentucky Book Festival

November 10-14, 2020

The Kentucky Book Festival

A message about this year's Kentucky Book Festival:
We hope that you, your families, and your coworkers are staying safe and healthy in this time of uncertainty. Although it's been incredibly disappointing to see events and tours cancelled weekly, we're encouraged by the wealth of content being made available online. Without the writing community, being stuck at home would be so much more difficult. Amidst the uncertainty, our staff is moving forward in planning the Kentucky Book Festival. We are actively monitoring the situation and will make adjustments as needed.
A celebration of reading, writing, and publishing, the Kentucky Book Festival takes place each November in Lexington, culminating in the Kentucky Book Fair. Festival events seek to connect book-lovers and authors, spark engaging conversations, and empower readers by providing access to new books as well as opportunities to learn more about writing in a fun, safe environment. With various daytime and evening events offered, it's the biggest bookish celebration in Kentucky! Learn about writing & publishing, discover new books, make memories with family & friends, & celebrate reading! A full schedule will be released in August.
This year, we’ll host Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn on Nov. 12th; Roxana Robinson & Margaret Verble on Nov. 10th; and Nikky Finney, Silas House, Terry Brooks, Elaine Weiss, Martha S. Jones, Courtney Maum, Etaf Rum, Alix E. Harrow, and hundreds of other authors and illustrators at the Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 14.
Apply to attend the KY Book Fair using the button above. Author applications are due by May 31. Send questions to the Kentucky Book Festival Director here

The Kentucky Book Fair (Nov. 14)

The Kentucky Book Fair is 9:00 am-4:00 pm on November 14 at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena, featuring 200 authors. Free admission & free parking. Author applications for the 2020 Book Fair are being accepted  through May 31. Apply to attend the KY Book Fair using the button above. 

Are you an author? Do you work with authors?

Take a look at the guidelines on the Author Application Form (see button above), and submit book info to attend the 2020 Kentucky Book Fair on November 14 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Alltech Arena. Authors have the chance to network, meet plenty of fans, and sign books for the thousands of guests at the event. If you're not located in Kentucky or writing about Kentucky, that's ok too: in 2019, authors traveled from 22 states to join the fun.

Thanks to our generous 2019 Kentucky Book Festival sponsors:

And our partners: