SOKY Book Fest

Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events and is presented by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. Held annually in April, the Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books.

The 2018 SOKY Book Fest will be our 20th and is a fundraiser for the promotion of literacy in our community. The event is free and open to the public. Please note that all books signed at SOKY Book Fest must be purchased at the festival. No previously purchased books are allowed to be signed.

No Registration Required

No registration is required for the Saturday activities of the SOKY Book Fest.
All panels, workshops, and presentations are open entry until each room is at capacity.

Panels and Presentation Schedule

Panels and presentations are 50 minutes in length. Schedule subject to change prior to the event.

Presentation:

10:00 am presentation cancelled

Panels:

Room

Panel

Authors

163A A Touch of the South
Discussing prose full of Southern details and/or the Appalachian spirit.
Carrie Mullins, Julie Hensley, Judith Hoover, Bren McClain, Jesse Donaldson, James Markert, Crystal Wilkinson
163B Middle Grades: Seriously Funny
Tackling tough subjects with a touch of humor.

 Jen Swann Downey, Deron Hicks, Brooks Benjamin, Obert Skye, Kristina Springer, Gail Nall
163C Stranger than Fiction: True Stories Artfully Told
Turning research into narrative. Featuring Kentucky Literary Award finalists.
David Grann, Holly Tucker, Chris Offutt, Sean Kinder
Auditorium (Rm 138) YA: Matters of the Heart ❤
Contemporary fiction writers for young adults discuss writing love and loss and much more.
Brigid Kemmerer, Joanne O’Sullivan, Ashley Herring Blake, Sheba Karim, Courtney Stevens, Katie McGarry
Classroom 112 Picture Books: From Concept to Creation
Learn how these successful authors made their books happen, from idea to finished product.
Amanda Driscoll, Robin Barone, Bobbie Hinman, Heather Henson, Evelyn Christenson, Diane Stortz
Classroom 113 Nonfiction: The Notorious and the Notable
Bareknuckle brawlers, war heroes, historical figures, and sports legends – all with memorable stories to tell.
Bob Dickey, Sherrill Williams, Ron Elliot, Jim Miller, James Nicholson, Gary West, John Hardin
Classroom 175 Poetry
Writing place, pop culture, identity, and more – line by line.
Dave Harrity, Tom Hunley, Jeffrey Skinner, Trish Lindsey Jaggers, Tasha Cotter, Lee Pennington

Special Signing:

R.L. Stine Book Signing (11am-1pm)
Location:
Ballroom

Presentation:

Tim Crothers, author of The Queen of Katwe
Location:
Auditorium (Room 138)

Panels:

Room

Panel

Authors

163A Why is Romance the Bestselling Fiction Genre?
Experts in the field share their history of writing romance and how it’s shaped the past and present of publishing.
Virginia Smith, Pamela Hearon, Susan Page Davis, Sarah Ladd, Denise Hunter, Collen Coble, Angela Correll
163B Authors are Fangirls Too! YA Authors discuss their inspirations and obsessions Carey Corp, Lorie Langdon, Teresa Richards, Kathryn Ormsbee
163C Middle Grades: Bring on the Growing Pains
Blending plenty of fact with plenty of fiction.
Kristin Tubb, Lois Sepahban, D.G. Driver, Alana White, Lisa Lewis Tyre, Mark Wayne Adams
Regency Mystery or Thriller? Why Choose?
Discussing writing that intertwines the best of both of these worlds.
David Bell, Lee Martin, Catherine McKenzie, Jesse Donaldson, Jason Miller, Robin Yocum
Classroom 112 Epic Tales of Fact or Fiction in the Bluegrass
Ghostly tales, murder, and mayhem!
Gerald Fischer, Roberta & Lonnie Brown, Ian Punnett, Floyd Collins, et. al.
Classroom 113 Nonfiction: Mostly Memoir
Stories of travel, family history, growing up, and more.
Sallie Bingham, James Bolin, Nihar Suthar, Kim Dinan, David Domine, Sarah Gorham
Classroom 175 Cooking Traditions: Palatable Plates & Regional Tastes
From salmon to heirloom seeds to handed-down recipes.
Maggie Green, Susan Lindsey, Maureen C. Berry, Bill Best

Special Signing:

R.L. Stine Book Signing (11am-1pm)
Location:
Ballroom

Presentation:

No panels or presentations during this time.

Presentation:

David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon
Location:
Auditorium (Room 138)

Panels:

Room

Panel

Authors

163A History-Weavers: Using Historical Research without Killing the Story
Learn how to get the recipe right from authors across multiple genres.
Dana Chamblee Carpenter, Laura Benedict, Tracy Barrett, Annette Oppenlander, Kristy Cambron, Stephen Stein
163B Aaaaand Action!: Fearless Leading Ladies in Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction
They’re young. They’re female. They’re fearless. They’re what readers need!
Mindy McGinnis, Amanda Morgan, Amy Christine Parker, Christina Farley, Vivi Barnes, Gwenda Bond
163C Get Outside! Writers Tackle Nature-Writing for Kids (and their Parents)
From picture books to beautiful photography, see how authors mesh science + fun.
David Fitzsimmons, Coleen Olson, Charles Ghigna, Dawn Cusick, Jessica Young, Meghan Colvin
Regency Writing Bad Boys & Other Killer Characters
Wolfmen and vampires and thieves, oh my! Why the world needs authors who can handle writing bad boys.
Susan Boles, Molly Harper, Karen M. Cox, Ann Gabhart, Randy Susan Meyers, Lori Moore, Lynn Cahoon
Classroom 112  Art & Music Are Characters Too
Intoning prose with other artistic media that makes characters & their interactions more dynamic.
R. Dean (Bob) Johnson, Brian Sweany, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Tobias Carroll, Liz Kay, Rion Scott
Classroom 113 YA Fantasy
Building worlds and wielding the power of imagination.
Cinda Chima, C.J. Redwine, Aprilynne Pike, Lydia Sherrer, Kelly Creagh, Philomena Anastasia
Classroom 175 Writing World Wars
Channeling research and summoning heroes and battles of old into exciting books.
Audra Jennings, David Bettez, Richard Holl, Terri Crocker, William Penn, Ronald Wolford Blair

Event Details

Details

Start:
April 21, 2017
End:
April 22, 2017
Event Category:

Organizers

WKU Libraries
Warren County Public Library
Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Venue

Knicely Conference Center
2355 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101 United States
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