Kentucky Book Festival

The Kentucky Book Festival was all virtual in 2020! Thanks for watching!

Guests of the 2020 Kentucky Book Festival included John Grisham, Nikky Finney, Terry Brooks, Martha S. Jones, J. R.  Ward, David Blight, Silas House, Frank X Walker, and many more! To view sessions, click the "2020 Videos" and "Author Happy Hour" buttons above or visit our YouTube channel.

Next KBF is November 6, 2021 

The 2021 Kentucky Book Festival is tentatively scheduled for November 6 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY, with additional events occurring November 1-5 at various locations.

More about the festival, including location and associated special events, will be announced soon. The book festival will consist of a combination of in-person and online programs. Our bookselling partner is Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Authors interested in applying to sign and sell books at the 2021 Kentucky Book Festival must submit an application and agree to submission guidelines. Authors who apply independently are responsible for their own travel and expenses related to attending the event.
Find the application and more information at our new website, Send questions to the Kentucky Book Festival Director here

Are you an author? Do you work with authors?

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: