Kentucky Book Festival

2021 Kentucky Book Festival Information

The 40th annual Kentucky Book Festival returns to Lexington this November, with weekday events scheduled from November 1-5. The festival culminates in a daylong celebration at Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Saturday, November 6 featuring 140 authors who’ll sign books, participate in discussions and keynotes, and more. 

On Saturday, November 6 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time and will include authors H. W. Brands, W. Bruce Cameron, Vashti Harrison (virtual only), Elin Hilderbrand, Silas House, Sam Quinones, Gwenda Bond, Crystal Wilkinson, and more! 

Visit to view the author lineup and events, along with other book festival programs happening in Lexington from November 1-5. Click any of the buttons above to learn more about ticketed events. 

Find more information at our new website, Note these changes in the catalog below: 
  • Page 19: The Jason Reynolds virtual program on Monday, November 1 is now FREE to view. Learn more here
  • Page 20: To see the most recent schedule, check the Events or Lineup pages on, or click here.
  • Page 23-39: Mark Wayne Adams, Heather Truett, Carrie Callaghan, Grady Hendrix, Simon Van Booy, Susan Bordo, Tom Bulleit, Tom Clavin, Matthew Pearl, and Gary P. West have cancelled. 

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