Kentucky Book Festival Schedule author lineup at Joseph-Beth

The Kentucky Book Festival returns to Joseph-Beth with authors and panel discussions.  The full schedule of programming is at

The Kentucky Book Festival returns to Joseph-Beth with authors and panel discussions. The full schedule of programming is at


The Kentucky Book Festival returns to Lexington’s Joseph-Beth Booksellers with a lineup of celebrated local authors including Jon Meacham, Barbara Kingsolver, Crystal Wilkinson, Silas House, Wendell Berry, Frank X Walker, Bobbie Ann Mason and David Novak.

More than 150 Kentucky authors are expected to be at the Oct. 29 festival where fans can meet authors and illustrators, buy books and have them signed, listen to story times and hear presentations and panel discussions.

“At the Kentucky Book Festival, you’ll find books to suit most any reader’s preference, whether it’s true crime, historical fiction, poetry, history, UK basketball, bourbon and everything in between,” said Sara Volpi Woods, Kentucky Book Festival director and special projects coordinator, in a statement. “There is so much literary talent right in our back yard, and we feel lucky to be able to highlight regional authors and national names together at one event. We’ll also have plenty of books for kids of all ages to engage and inspire their imaginations.”

Kentucky Book Festival schedule

While the main daylong event is on Saturday, there will be several weekday events too.

A Literary Lunch with Geraldine Brooks, author of “Horse,” a novel based on the 19th century champion racehorse, Lexington, will be Oct. 27 at Palmers Fresh Grill. Brooks will discuss her book with festival author Emily Bingham. The $60 ticket includes lunch, remarks from the authors, and a signed hardcover copy of “Horse

Books and Brews Trivia is scheduled for 7 pm Oct. 27 at Goodwood in Lexington Green.

Commerce Lexington’s SPOTLIGHT Breakfast with Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, who wrote a coffee table book on their agritourism destination Hermitage Farm, will be Oct. 28 at 21c Museum Hotel on Main Street in downtown Lexington. Ticket information is available at

The Kentucky Book Festival will return to Joseph-Beth at Lexington Green on Oct. 29 with 150 authors on hand to sell and sign books, as well as discussions and kids’ activities. Provided

On Oct. 29, doors will open at Joseph-Beth at 9:30 am Programming begins with Wendell Berry & Crystal Wilkinson in Conversation and Writing for Kids with George Ella Lyon, Saadia Faruqi, Brittany. J. Thurman & Will Hillenbrand, both at 10 am; Silas House in Conversation with David Arnold at 1 pm; Geraldine Brooks in Conversation with Frank X Walker at 2 pm; Love is … Complicated: Lee Cole, Gwenda Bond, Angela Jackson-Brown and Jessica Strawser in Conversation at 3 pm; and Cocktail Demonstration with Heather Wibbels at 4 pm Full agenda at

Kids can get a voucher for free book at the festival, while supplies last. There will be four story time events for kids and they will be on the lower level of Lexington Green, outside by the lake, near the children’s author tent, at 10:30 and 11:30 am and 12:30 and 1:30 pm Children who dress up as their favorite characters can walk the red carpet in a costume contest at 11 am for a chance at a $100 gift card. See all the children’s activities at

Kentucky author Gwenda Bond is expected to be at this year’s Kentucky Book Festival again this year. Provided

Kentucky Book Festival

What: A celebration of reading, writing and books run by Kentucky Humanities.

When: Oct. 29, 10 am to 5 pm, with doors opening at 9:30 am

Where: Joseph-Beth Bookseller, 161 Lexington Green Circle, #B

Tickets: Free and open to the public but scheduled programs by Jon Meacham and Barbara Kingsolver require pre-registration. Go to

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