Pulitzer Prize Winners to Visit Kentucky Book Fair

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

I hope you’re planning to attend the 35th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 5. There are numerous reasons to travel to the Frankfort Convention Center for one of the state’s premier literary events:

– You can meet 170 authors and buy books they’ve written about paranormal romance, history, children’s stories, cooking, and many other subjects.

– It’s great place to pick up some early Christmas presents.

– A new main stage event space will feature presentations by former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, “Hillbilly Elegy” author J. D. Vance, and Pulitzer Prize winners Joel Pett, editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and Maria Henson, a former editorial writer for the paper.

I’ll be on stage at 10 that morning to interview Henson, who is now an associate vice president and journalism lecturer at Wake Forest University. In a preview conversation a few weeks ago, Henson told me she looks forward to returning to Kentucky to discuss the work that earned her a Pulitzer in 1992.

This weekend on One to One, I’ll sit down with book fair manager Brooke Raby to learn more about this year’s event. We will be joined Frank X Walker. He’ll appear at the fair with other Kentucky poets to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his group, The Affrilachian poets. This program airs Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.

Previously operated by a board of volunteers, the Kentucky Book Fair is now managed by the Kentucky Humanities Council. On Friday, Nov. 4, the fair will host a special kid’s day for students in grades 3 – 8, featuring children’s book authors, writing tutorials, and more.

Visit the book fair’s website for details about all the festivities.

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