2019 Kentucky Book Fair

38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair

Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

Doors open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Cancellations*: John Warner Smith, Larry Armstead II, Andrew Reeves, Elizabeth Weitzman, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Ladson Mills III, Michael Croley, Dana Wildsmith, James Duane Bolin, Ronni Lundy, Grant Maloy Smith, J.D. Wilkes, Eliot Parker, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, and Casey Cep.

*Many of their books will still be available for purchase at the event, including Casey Cep's Furious Hours


200 regional and national authors will be in attendance. Panel discussions and author presentations will occur on two stages throughout the day. All authors on the floor from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

Note: Author submissions for 2019 are closed. Return to this page in January 2020 to apply for the 2020 Book Fair, which will take place on November 14, 2020.

Click the buttons above to see a list of the 2019 Authors, the most recently updated (11/15/19) Saturday Schedule of Events, and the Kentucky Book Festival catalog. Download a PDF version of the catalog here.

2019 Kentucky Book Fair Sponsors and Donors
Click blue text for Venue Map
Click blue text for Author Seating Chart (subject to change)
Book Fair ParkingThere is ample free parking in the main lot at the Alltech Arena. Please let the attendant know as you enter the Kentucky Horse Park that you are attending the Kentucky Book Fair and you will not be charged for parking.

Vendors: University Press of Kentucky, Kentucky Monthly, Larkspur Press, Butler Books, University of Cincinnati Press, Reformation Publishing

Exhibitors: Kentucky Humanities, Friends of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington Public Library, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Kentucky Historical Society, BCTC, Eastern Kentucky University MFA, Spalding University MFA   

Concessions available for purchase on-site.