Southern Kentucky 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 Book Fest is also comprised of all the events you see below.

Children’s Day

Children’s Day is a full day devoted to school children in grades K-12, librarians, and educators. Students have the opportunity to meet and hear from their favorite authors, participate in dramatic and musical performances, and exercise their creativity in the make and do area. It’s lots of fun for teachers and parents too! In 2017, Children’s Day will be on Friday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Teen Writers Conference

The Teen Writers Conference allows teens to learn writing tips and tricks from some of the best in the business. Workshops covering everything from character development to setting to revision are offered each year, allowing teens to see firsthand what it takes to become a successful author.

Kentucky Writers Conference

Bestselling authors and educators participating in SOKY Book Fest – including Lee Martin, Sallie Bingham, Dave Harrity, Jesse Donaldson, and more – will teach craft workshops about everything from plotting techniques to employing poetic language to getting published. The conference is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so you must register in advance.

Meet the Authors Reception

Kentucky Literary Award

First awarded in 2003, the Kentucky Literary Award has been presented annually by the Book Fest Partnership as a celebration of Kentucky literature. Eligible books include those written by Kentuckians or books with a substantial Kentucky theme. Fiction and nonfiction works will be considered in alternating years.

Additional Initiatives

Used Book Sale

The Used Book Sale is an annual fundraising event benefitting the Southern Kentucky Book Fest. Thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records are available for purchase for $1 or less!

Evelyn Thurman Award

The Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award is given to honor the memory of former WKU librarian, Evelyn Thurman, who made significant contributions to children’s librarianship and literacy during her 25 years of service.

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