The Kentucky Book Fair attracts writers of all genres and patrons of all walks of life in a celebration of shared passion and mutual interest—the importance and promotion of writing and reading. The Book Fair is operated by a nonprofit independent board of volunteers, with co-sponsorship from the State Journal, Frankfort’s daily newspaper; the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, a state government entity; the University Press of Kentucky and Joseph Beth Book Sellers, Lexington, Kentucky.
Each year, more than 150 authors attend the Fair, prepared to sign their latest books and to meet the patrons. The Kentucky Book Fair orders the books and handles all of the local arrangements. The event draws approximately 4.000 patrons from Kentucky and surrounding states. In addition to selling books, the informal atmosphere encourages discussion and conversation among all of those in attendance.
Net proceeds from the Kentucky Book Fair fund grants to Kentucky school and public libraries for local book purchasing and other literacy-related causes, a total that now exceeds $368,000.
The Kentucky Book Fair makes every attempt to invite writers of all genres, including current events, fiction, children’s books, poetry, cookbooks, mysteries and other genres. A mix of national, regional and state writers is also a goal of the event. In 2013, we celebrated the attendance of authors Sue Grafton, Rick Pitino, Christy Jordan, Eleanor Clift, Laurien Berenson, Duffy Brown, Ann Ross, and Kentucky treasures Bobbie Ann Mason, George Ella Lyon, Wendell Berry, Ann Gabhart, Frank X Walker, James Archambeault, Dave Shuffet, Dave Farmer, Mark Wayne Adams, Al Smith and a multitude of other wonderful and exciting authors.
The Kentucky Book Fair is the state’s premiere literary event thanks to all of the writers, readers and volunteers who understand that literacy must be continually promoted and supported for the public good. In 2014, the Kentucky Book Fair will celebrate its 4th Annual Children’s Day.
Look for more information about this wonderful addition to our event set for Friday, November 14, 2014 on our website at kybookfair.blogspot.com.