Kentucky Book Festival Online Event Schedule: November 9-14, 2020 

Below is a snapshot of the featured speakers for the 2020 Kentucky Book Festival Online. By clicking the LEARN MORE buttons on the page below, you will be re-directed to the new Kentucky Book Festival website, which includes more detailed information about each author, their books, and links to purchase directly from Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 

John Grisham in conversation with Kim Edwards

SPONSORED BY: Campbellsville University


Let's Do the Time Warp (for Kids!): Shawn Pryor in conversation with George Ella Lyon, S. G. Wilson, and Kristin O'Donnell Tubb




Writing Historical Fiction: Margaret Verble in conversation with Roxana Robinson, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

SPONSORED BY: Kim Edward Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Path to Publishing: Literary Agent Alice Speilburg in conversation with Courtney Maum, Beverly Bell, and Clint Edwards

SPONSORED BY: Snowy Owl Foundation, Inc. and the Tallgrass Farm Foundation

“A Radical Patriot”: Frederick Douglass & His Legacy - Authors Amy Murrell Taylor and David Blight in conversation

SPONSORED BY: University of Kentucky Department of History

Friday, November 13 - 10:00 am EST

Spotlight Breakfast featuring Jim Host

EVENT PARTNER: Commerce Lexington
Jim Host, author of Changing the Game: My Career in Collegiate Sports Marketing, is the founder of Host Communications, Inc, a nationally renowned college sports marketing and association management company. He will discuss his book, published by the University Press of Kentucky earlier this year, with co-author, Eric A. Moyen.

An Evening of Poetry, featuring Nikky Finney, Frank X Walker, and Reginald Dwayne Betts in conversation

SPONSOR: Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

"Healthy at Home": Appalachia Then & Now - Michele Morrone in conversation with Chris Hamby, Eric Eyre, and Ben Westhoff

SPONSOR: University of Pikeville

Women's Suffrage: Martha S. Jones, Elaine Weiss, and Melanie Beals Goan in conversation with Dr. Kathy Bullock

SPONSOR: Kentucky Historical Society

Understanding Appalachia: Journalistic Perceptions of a Region - Matthew Algeo, Jeff Young, and Samantha NeCamp in conversation with Sydney Boles of the Ohio Valley Resource

SPONSOR: Hindman Settlement School

Fantastic Realms and How to Write Them: Authors Terry Brooks and Alix E. Harrow in conversation


Saturday, November 14 -  5:00 pm EST

Writing Romance: J. R. Ward in conversation with Christine Feehan

SPONSOR: Wildcat Moving
Between the two of them, these New York Times bestselling authors have written more than 100 books, including titles in paranormal romance, fantasy, and more, and they’ve amassed loyal fans across the world. Enjoy this live session, as Christine Feehan interviews J. R. Ward about her work and the latest book in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, A Warm Heart in Winter.
*This is a ticketed event. Your $20 fee includes your entry into the virtual event and one copy of J. R. Ward's new book to be released on December 1.
This event is not available for viewing, as it required purchasing a ticket.

Views of a Place: Writing Kentucky, Then & Now: Silas House, Ashley Blooms, Karen Salyer McElmurray, and Robert Gipe in conversation

SPONSOR: Berea College