What is SOKY Book Fest?
Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events! Our mission is to encourage literacy and the love of books in our community and beyond. Book Fest is presented by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. SOKY Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages from across the U.S. who come to meet their favorite authors, purchase signed copies of their books, and learn from them in exciting panels, presentations, and workshops.
- Friday, March 20, 2020: 9 am – 1 pm
- Saturday, March 21, 2020: 9 am – 3 pm
Who’s behind this event and the other events on your website?
SOKY Book Fest events are organized by a team of book-lovers like you who work all year long to organize programs which promote reading and writing, both in and outside of the classroom.
When is it?
SOKY Book Fest is typically in March or April. This year: March 20-21, 2020.
Where is it?
The Knicely Conference Center (2355 Nashville Rd.) in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Do I have to pay anything to attend SOKY Book Fest?
Nope. SOKY Book Fest is always FREE and open to the public. Bring your friends, family members, book clubs, classes, etc.
Can I bring books with me to get them signed at SOKY Book Fest?
Sorry, but previously purchased books are not allowed to be signed. All signed books must be purchased at Book Fest Friday and/or Saturday.
Where is the schedule for the weekend posted?
The schedule for panels and presentations will be posted on our website each winter. It will also be sent out in a special Daily News insert each April to residents of Bowling Green and surrounding areas. The schedule is subject to change.
Which authors are attending this year? How many come?
The Author List will be updated continually on our website starting in November. We often post author announcements and sneak peeks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our blog, so friend/follow us! 150+ authors and illustrators attend each year representing all literary genres, including many from right here in Kentucky!
I want my favorite author to come to this event. Can I send author suggestions?
Absolutely! Send them to us, or post them to our Facebook.
What is Children’s Day?
Children’s Day is a full day devoted to school children in grades K-8, librarians, and to celebrate reading, learn from authors and illustrators, and buy signed books. It’s always the Friday before SOKY Book Fest. Children’s & Middle Grades authors will be selling and signing books from 9 am – 1 pm at the Knicely Conference Center. Patrons are invited to attend panels and presentations throughout the day. Lunch is provided to all students through our generous sponsors, and there are concessions available on site as well.
When/what is the Kentucky Writers Conference?
A conference for adults, taught by accomplished adult writers. It’s like college, but free. Workshops vary each year, and have covered screenwriting, poetry, editing a manuscript, finding an agent, revising your work, and more. Register online in February.
What is the difference between the Kentucky Writers Conference and the Panels and Presentations?
The writers conferences are craft workshops led by one or two authors. Panels are discussions with up to 5 authors on a variety of writerly/bookish topics, from writing fantasy to illustrating a book and more. Please do not hop from one panel to another.
Do I need to register to attend panels or presentations on Saturday?
No, all panels and presentations on Saturday are open to the public.
How do I volunteer?
Contact us and we’ll get back to you with an assignment. We only need volunteers for Saturday, but you can help by spreading the word about this event year-round!
How can I apply to be an attending author?
If accepted to be an attending author, what hotel will I need to stay at?
Am I in charge of bringing my own books?
Travel and Accommodations
Driving directions from Nashville Airport:
Any suggestions on where to stay?
The Holiday Inn University Plaza (1021 Wilkinson Trace) and Courtyard Bowling Green Convention Center (1010 Wilkinson Trace) are our partner locations, and all provide shuttles for guests. There are a bunch of options if you take Exit 22 off I-65 coming towards Bowling Green (Days Inn, Hampton Inn, Ramada, etc.), and they’re about 15 mins from the Knicely Center.
See a map of the local area on our Directions page.