Book Fair Author Discusses the Rise of Appalachian Pill Mills

Monday, November 9th, 2015

It’s always exciting when our staff takes a KET show on the road. The chance to get out of the studio, see new places, and meet new folks always adds a boost of creative energy to producing a program. One of my favorites travel experiences was when we took the old bookclub@ket series to the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort.

The annual event is a day to celebrate reading and writing in the commonwealth. Book lovers from all over come to meet the featured authors, chat about their favorite works, and buy their books.

If you’ve never attended the Kentucky Book Fair or haven’t been in years, this Saturday is your opportunity. More than 200 state and national writers and illustrators will gather in the Frankfort Convention Center for the 34th annual celebration.

One of those authors is John Temple, a West Virginia University journalism professor who will discuss and sign his new book “American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic.”

It’s a story familiar to many Kentuckians as Temple describes how a pipeline of prescription painkillers from Florida fueled the rise of pain clinics across Appalachia. He details how the pharmaceutical industry and the medical community conspired to help create an addiction problem that still exists today.

I talked with Temple last week about “American Pain.”

You can learn more about “Ameirican Pain” when Temple discusses his book at 11:30 Saturday morning in the Kentucky River Room of the Frankfort Convention Center.

Later this week, I’ll talk with another author to be featured at the book fair this year.

I’ll also be at the fair, signing copies of my new essay collection, “Beans, Biscuits, Family and Friends: Life Stories.” I hope you’ll stop by my table and say hello.

Beans, Biscuits, Family and Friends: Life Stories -- book cover

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