UPDATE: 2022 Kentucky Reads book announced at festival

Commonwealth’s largest book festival to be held at Joseph-Beth


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Humanities says this is the 40th year of the Kentucky Book Festival, the state’s oldest and largest book fair. Saturday, the main event of the book festival took place where people could meet and have books signed by 140 authors and listen to presentations and panel discussions.

Kentucky Humanities announced Saturday the 2022 Kentucky Reads book will be “Dear Ann” by Bobbie Ann Mason, a Kentucky author.

“It emphasizes literacy, and reading and the love of books. Kentucky is pretty unique, I’ve learned in the entire United States that we have such a rich literary history, which Bobbie Ann is a part of, and to celebrate it one time a year, and we try to do that all through the year, is special for the writers, it’s special for the public,” says Bill Goodman, executive director of Kentucky Humanities.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Book Festival, a weeklong celebration of reading, writing and books, will hold its main event Saturday, Nov. 6, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

Approximately 3,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and feature 140 authors, including Crystal Wilkinson, Elin Hilderbrand, Silas House, H. W. Brands, Frank X Walker, Brian Kilmeade, Gwenda Bond, Cinda Williams Chima, Sam Quinones and W. Bruce Cameron.

“Interacting with fans is like being a chef and seeing someone try your food— it’s the best part of the job,” said Julian Thomas, an author of graphic novels who recently created his own publishing house.

Thomas attended the Lexington School for Creative and Performing Arts. Poetry soon transformed into rap, leading Thomas to establish a foundation for his art through his decade-long career as a recording artist.

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. Its like the Burger Week of books – but this celebration feeds the soul, sparks the imagination and inspires creativity.”

Attendees will meet their favorite authors and illustrators; listen to presentations and panel discussions; have their books signed; and get a jumpstart on holiday shopping.

“I always get such a kick out of the Kentucky Book Festival,” said Margaret Verble, a Pulitzer Prize finalist who lives in Lexington and is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. “I like readers stopping by to talk. I like being in a room with stacks of books, and I like chatting with other authors.”

Visit kybookfestival.org for more details, including a full list of authors.

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