Kentucky Book Festival Kickoff at ArtsPlace, featuring creative activities for kids of all ages: meet authors David Arnold, Shawn Pryor, Gwenda Bond, Chris Rowe, and Liz Swanson; see the process of creating a children’s book with author Amanda Driscoll; participate in crafts or story-time; and check out other fun book-related experiences. The Newport Aquarium's WAVE on Wheels Outreach Program will also be set up, featuring live animals and hands-on learning activities.
Literary Luncheon with Gurney Norman, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ed McClanahan, and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall. This ticketed luncheon will entail much laughter and fun conversation from these literary giants. They’ll read from and discuss their work, share about recent projects, and take questions from the audience. Poet and novelist Crystal Wilkinson, Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, will act as moderator. 
We’ll be screening a documentary about Wendell Berry and his work called Look & See at the historic Kentucky Theatre. His wife Tanya will attend to discuss the film with its Director, Laura Dunn.
Cocktails and Conversation at the Mane on Main with Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, interviewed by KET's Renee Shaw. Hindman’s memoir, Sounds Like Titanic, was published in February and details her time traveling the U.S. “playing” violin in an orchestral ensemble. The book is a fascinating look at the toll of faking it and our willingness at times to overlook or ignore the human inclination to bend the truth.
We'll be sending three Louisville-based bourbon aficionados and authors to participate in a special Spotlight Breakfast. The authors—Blair Thomas Hess, Brian F. Haara, and Linda Ruffenach—are all experts when it comes to bourbon: from tasting it to talking it to writing about it. They'll share a bit about the business side of bourbon, with insights about its implications culturally, socially, and economically in the Bluegrass and beyond.


Author applications for 2019 are closed. The application for the 2020 Book Fair will be available in January.