LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The 40th Annual Kentucky Book Festival at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington Green will welcome more than 100 authors Saturday, November 6 beginning at 10 a.m.
Formerly known as the Kentucky Book Fair, the festival started in Frankfort by journalist Carl West in 1981 and organized by a group of volunteers for decades. Now, the festival is a program of Kentucky Humanities and has been hosted in Lexington since 2018.
“The Kentucky Book Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience, allowing readers to meet authors and illustrators face-to-face. Imagine walking into a bookstore and being able to ask an author your burning questions about their inspiration, writing habits, and upcoming books? The KBF will enable booklovers to do just that this year—more than ever—by hosting the event at an actual bookstore,” said Kentucky Book Festival Director Sara Woods. “We’re elated to partner with Joseph-Beth in this way to bring the magic of books and storytelling to readers where some of the best literary experiences occur: an indie bookstore.”
This event is the predominant literary gathering in the state and is known for bringing top-tier authors from the Commonwealth and across the nation together to connect readers with authors, inspire engaging conversations and provide access to new books along with opportunities to learn more about writing.
Over 100 authors nationwide will participate in book signings, presentations or other special programs in a safe and fun environment. The celebration of books is planning a variety of daytime and evening events. To follow the announcements, featured guests and more information, visit www.kybookfestival.org.
“Being part of the community and encouraging reading and literacy is at the heart of everything we do at Joseph-Beth,” said Adam Miller, CEO and President of Joseph-Beth Booksellers. “We fundamentally believe that encouraging reading and writing can dramatically help both that individual but also society. We are thrilled to deepen our relationship with Kentucky Humanities by hosting a truly one-of-a-kind and memorable Kentucky Book Festival at Joseph-Beth this year.”
Invited speakers and a full roster of attending authors for the Kentucky Book Festival, as well as the event schedule and information about volunteering, will be available on kybookfestival.org in August.
“It’s exciting to look forward to the Kentucky Book Festival every year,” says Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman. “It really is one of the best days Kentucky has to offer. This new partnership with Joseph-Beth makes it even better. We are so happy to be a part of it.”