UPK Authors in Spotlight at Kentucky Book Fair
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2016) — Now in its 35th year, the Kentucky Book Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Frankfort Convention Center. This year’s fair will feature more than 150 authors and editors showcasing their most recent books including several writers from University Press of Kentucky (UPK), including many with University of Kentucky ties.
Presented by the Kentucky Humanities Council, and co-sponsored by Lindsey Wilson College, Joseph-Beth Booksellers and UPK, the Kentucky Book Fair attracts thousands of avid readers and patrons from across the country. With many books ranging from children's books and regional cookbooks to wartime histories and poetry collections, the fair has a book for everyone with a passion for reading.
Founded in 1981, the Kentucky Book Fair is the state's leading literary event and the largest and oldest event of its kind in the state. Since its inception, the fair has recognized outstanding Kentucky authors and editors.
University of Kentucky authors published by UPK participating in the Kentucky Book Fair include:
- alumnus and former faculty member Wendell Berry, "Harlan Hubbard: Life and Work";
- alumnus James Duane Bolin, "Bossism and Reform in a Southern City: Lexington, Kentucky, 1880-1940";
- former director of the UK Office of International Affairs David J. Bettez, "Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front" and "Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC";
- alumna and former faculty member Bobbie Ann Mason, "Shiloh And Other Stories";
- alumna Karen Cotton McDaniel, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia;
- alumnus and Professor of English Gurney Norman, "Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes";
- alumnus William A. Penn, "Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County";
- alumnus and Associate Professor of English Erik Reece, "Field Work: Modern Poems from Eastern Forests";
- Associate Dean of UK Special Collections Research Center Deirdre A. Scaggs, "The Historic Kentucky Kitchen";
- alumnus and Professor of English Frank X Walker, "Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York" and "When Winter Come: The Ascension of York"; and
- alumna and history instructor Maryjean Wall, "Madam Belle: Sex, Money, and Influence in a Southern Brothel" and "How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders."
Other authors, editors and contributors to publications from UPK participating in the fair and their corresponding books are:
- James Archambeault, "Kentucky Horse Country: Images of the Bluegrass" and "James Archambeault's Historic Kentucky";
- Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown, "Haunted Holidays: Twelve Months of Kentucky Ghosts," "Kentucky Hauntings: Homespun Ghost Stories and Unexplained History" and "Spookiest Stories Ever: Four Seasons of Kentucky Ghosts";
- Kathleen Driskell, "Next Door to the Dead: Poems";
- Maggie Green, "The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook";
- Neil O. Hammon, "My Father, Daniel Boone: The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone";
- Fenton Johnson, "The Man Who Loved Birds: A Novel," "Crossing the River: A Novel" and "Scissors, Paper, Rock: A Novel";
- William Lynwood Montell, "Tales from Kentucky Nurses," "Tales from Kentucky Lawyers," "Tales from Kentucky Doctors," "Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes," "Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs," "Tales from Kentucky One-Room School Teachers," "Tales of Kentucky Ghosts," "Tales from Tennessee Lawyers," "Ghosts across Kentucky," "Haunted Houses and Family Ghosts of Kentucky," "Kentucky Ghosts" and "Kentucky Folk Architecture";
- Mike Norris and Minnie Adkins, "Mommy Goose: Rhymes from the Mountains";
- Joy Perrine, "More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails" and "The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book";
- Susan Reigler, "Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide" (second edition); "More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails," "The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks," "The Blue Ribbon Cook Book" and "The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book";
- Albert W.A. Schmid, "The Manhattan Cocktail: A Modern Guide to the Whiskey Classic," "The Old Fashioned: An Essential Guide to the Original Whiskey Cocktail" and "The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook";
- Diane Schneider, "Stoner's Boy: A Seckatary Hawkins Mystery" and "The Gray Ghost: A Seckatary Hawkins Mystery";
- Edward Stanton, "Road Of Stars To Santiago";
- Richard Taylor, "A Novel of the Civil War";
- Allan Weiss, "Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture";
- Crystal Wilkinson, "The Birds of Opulence"; and
- Edmund Zimmerer, "Amphibians and Reptiles of Land Between the Lakes."
To hear University Press of Kentucky Director Leila Salisbury talk about the press' offerings at the Kentucky Book Fair on "UK At the Half" with Carl Nathe, click play on the audio player below. To see a transcript of this interview, visit here.
For a full listing of authors participating in the Kentucky Book Fair as well as on-site events, visit http://kyhumanities.org/kentuckybookfair.html.
UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation through the UK Libraries.
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