Kentucky Book Festival

Online: November 9-14, 2020

The Kentucky Book Festival is all virtual this year!

The staff at Kentucky Humanities worked together with our board, health officials, and other trusted advisors to assess the best plan of action for the Kentucky Book Festival this year. We concluded that, given the uncertainty of the pandemic, it is best to move the 2020 Kentucky Book Festival to a virtual format. While in-person programs previously scheduled to occur at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena this November are cancelled, we have planned an online Kentucky Book Festival featuring 60 authors, with programs beginning mid-September and continuing until November 14. 
Despite not being able to come together in-person for the first time since the event’s inception, the KBF will deliver a fantastic variety of online sessions with John Grisham, Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, J. R. Ward, Nikky Finney, Terry Brooks, Margaret Verble, David Blight, Silas House, and more. 
Click the "2020 Schedule" button above for information about virtual programs scheduled for November. Also, join us for "Author Happy Hour" every Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. EDT, now through October 29. Register for events at the buttons above.
Follow us @kyhumanities on social media for news! Unless noted, sessions are free to attend, but we encourage advance registration through Zoom for the best experience. Schedule and speakers are subject to change. Send questions to the Kentucky Book Festival Director here
Download the full 2020 Schedule (preview below) as a PDF by CLICKING HERE

Are you an author? Do you work with authors?

Applications for the 2021 event will open in January.
Authors have the chance to network, meet 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 2020 Kentucky Book Festival sponsors:

And our partners: