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2021 Kentucky Book Festival announces author lineup

Events for state’s first, largest book festival begin Nov. 1, culminate Nov. 6

LEXINGTON, Ky. — 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.

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.

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
  • Commerce Lexington SPOTLIGHT Breakfast with James Hardymon and Terry L. Birdwhistell.

The Kentucky Book Festival is committed to the health and safety of our authors, attendees, staff, and volunteers. We will closely monitor the conditions and consult federal, state, and local guidance along with health experts and event partners to decide what if any, changes or restrictions are needed this November.

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.

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