To be considered, books must:
*Be available to Joseph-Beth Booksellers through standard purchasing procedures, which include:
- The book must be 100% returnable
- The book must be eligible for a full discount (at least a standard 40% trade discount)
- The book must have an ISBN and a bar code
Joseph-Beth will, in partnership with Kentucky Humanities & the Kentucky Book Fair, determine the titles & quantities for each author accepted to the book fair (and festival events, if applicable). If Joseph-Beth is unable to order an individual author's books through their normal ordering channels & under the terms outlined above, the author will be contacted to provide books for the event.
Some authors may be invited to do a reading or participate in a panel discussion.
Kentucky Humanities has implemented a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex (including transgender status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, political affiliation, or status as a parent.
The Kentucky Book Festival has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, whether in person or via email/social media/other electronic means, including but not limited to:
- Stalking or intimidation
- Offensive verbal comments
- Physical assault and/or battery
- Harassing or non-consensual photography or recordings
- Bathroom policing
- Inappropriate, unwelcome, or uninvited physical contact or attention
Should someone engage in any of these harassing behaviors, Kentucky Humanities staff will alert venue security, who will take immediate action in whatever form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from the event. This policy applies in all venues and areas of the Festival, to all who participate: staff, volunteers, authors, exhibitors, attendees, guests, vendors, press, and others.
If you have been made uncomfortable by someone’s harassing behavior, or if you see harassing behavior happening to anyone else, please tell us. You can report an incident at a KH-staffed Welcome table, at the Kentucky Book Fair Author Check-In table and/or the Volunteer and Information table, or tell the nearest Festival volunteer, and they will find a Kentucky Humanities staff member to assist you. If necessary, we will contact local law enforcement, provide an escort, offer a safe place, or otherwise assist anyone feeling unsafe so that the rest of their experience at KBF is safe and pleasant.