2021 Kentucky Book Festival announces author lineup
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The Kentucky Book Festival, a weeklong celebration of reading, writing and books, has announced its author lineup for 2021.
The daylong event on Saturday, Nov. 6 will be held at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington and feature 140 authors, including Crystal Wilkinson, Elin Hilderbrand, Silas House, Amy McGrath, H. W. Brands, Frank X Walker, Brian Kilmeade, Gwenda Bond, Cinda Williams Chima, Sam Quinones, and W. Bruce Cameron.
“I have a soft spot for the KBF,” said Frank X Walker, an award-winning author, educator and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets. “It was my first almost 20 years ago, and I’m also a reader so it’s a chance to see my favorite authors and get signed books, too. The timing is perfect for getting signed copies of books for your book-loving friends and family members.”
Attendees will have a chance to meet their favorite authors and illustrators; listen to story-times, presentations and panel discussions; participate in writing workshops or craft discussions; have their books signed; and get a jumpstart on their holiday shopping.
A program of Kentucky Humanities, the Kentucky Book Festival (formerly Kentucky Book Fair) is the first and largest book festival in the Commonwealth.
“With authors from diverse backgrounds, local favorites and national names, from poetry to graphic novels to biographies to rom-coms, and more than 30 featured books geared toward children and middle school youth, there will be something for every book lover,” said Sara Volpi Woods, Kentucky Book Festival director and special projects coordinator. “It’s like the Burger Week of books – but this weeklong celebration feeds the soul, sparks the imagination and inspires creativity.”
Prior to the Saturday event, which is free and open to the public, five weekday events at various locations throughout Lexington will include:
· A Virtual Chat with best-selling young adult author Jason Reynolds;
· A Literary Luncheon with Chef Ouita Michel;
· Cocktails & Conversation with Margaret Verble and Kim Edwards;
· Literary Trivia Night; and
· Commerce Lexington SPOTLIGHT Breakfast with James Hardymon and Terry L. Birdwhistell.
“The Kentucky Book Festival is always full of engaged readers, looking to meet their favorite writers and discover new ones,” said Gwenda Bond, a New York Times best-selling author who writes rom-coms for adults and young adult fiction. “There’s a special energy to this festival that makes me return to it year after year.”
The Kentucky Book Festival is committed to the health and safety of our authors, attendees, staff, and volunteers. All authors, attendees, staff, and volunteers will be asked to wear masks while attending the Kentucky Book Festival and related events, and we will provide access to sanitizing stations.
Visit kybookfestival.org often for updates, programming and a full list of authors.