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?
When is it?
SOKY Book Fest is typically in March or April. This year: March 20-21, 2020.
Where is it?
Do I have to pay anything to attend SOKY Book Fest?
Can I bring books with me to get them signed at SOKY Book Fest?
Where is the schedule for the weekend posted?
Which authors are attending this year? How many come?
I want my favorite author to come to this event. Can I send author suggestions?
What is Teen & Children’s Day?
Teen & Children’s Day is a full day devoted to school children in grades K-12, 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, and Young Adult 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.
What is the Meet the Authors reception? How do I get tickets? Do I have to dress up? What should I wear?
That’s a lot of questions! The Meet the Authors reception is an event the Friday before Book Fest from 5pm-7pm at the Knicely Conference Center where you can mingle and meet the authors attending SOKY Book Fest the next day. There’s great food and lovely libations and the presentation of our annual Kentucky Literary Award. Dress is business casual. Tickets are $50.00 each, and will be available for purchase starting in February.
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?
When will I find out if I am an attending author?
If you do not hear back within two weeks after submitting an application, please Contact Us. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis until the application window closes in November, with a full roster finished in January.
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.