Bevin Quickly Preparing to Take Office

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin said Thursday he’s eager to get to work as Kentucky’s 62nd chief executive and asked citizens to be patient about his plans to put the state on a positive path for the future.

In his first statewide interview on KET’s One to One, Bevin said he and his transition team are pleased with the number and quality of Kentuckians who are applying for jobs in his administration. The first Republican to be elected governor in 12 years told me he is very particular about the people he wants to hire.

Bevin is taking job applications online at

Our wide-ranging conversation also touched on Medicaid expansion, education, and state pensions. Bevin said he wants citizens to watch and listen to what he does before forming opinions about his direction for the commonwealth.

The interview with Gov.-elect Bevin airs this Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.

Meet the Gonzo Girl at the Kentucky Book Fair

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

This Saturday, Nov. 14, you can be a part of our state’s premier literary event by attending the Kentucky Book Fair at the Frankfort Convention Center. It will feature some 200 writers representing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, historical novels, children’s books, and more. You can buy books, talk with the authors, and even have them inscribe your purchases.

Many patrons make it a must-stop for holiday shopping, and proceeds from the fair go to fund grants to Kentucky pubic schools and libraries.

One of the authors you’ll want to meet is Cheryl Della Pietra. Her debut novel, “Gonzo Girl,” was inspired by the five months she spent as an assistant to famed Louisville-born writer Hunter S. Thompson. Pietra had recently graduated college and was trying to make it as a writer in New York when she got a call from Thompson asking if she could come to Colorado the next day to start work.

I recently chatted with Cheryl and found her to be as delightful and funny as her book.

Cheryl will talk about “Gonzo Girl” at 9:30 Saturday morning in the Kentucky River Room of the Frankfort Convention Center.

And while you’re at the book fair, I hope you’ll stop by my table to say hello. I’ll be there with my new essay collection, “Beans, Biscuits, Family and Friends: Life Stories.”

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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