By Whitney Hale
A number of books featured at the 30th annual Kentucky Book Fair will feature University of Kentucky connections or are from authors working with theUniversity Press of Kentucky (UPK), located on the UK campus. The fair, co-sponsored by UPK, will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Frankfort Convention Center, in Frankfort, Ky. The Kentucky Book Fair is free and open to the public.
Founded in 1981, the Kentucky Book Fair is the state's leading literary event. Over the past 30 years, the fair has recognized outstanding Kentucky authors and editors. The largest and oldest event of its kind in the state, the Kentucky Book Fair will host around 185 authors with recently published books.
Five members of UK's faculty and staff will take part in the fair. The UK authors and their corresponding publications are:
- Thomas A. Adler, media production assistant at UK HealthCare Orthopaedics, the author of "Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals";
- Thomas G. Barnes, extension professor of forestry and wildlife extension specialist, the author of "How to Find and Photograph Kentucky Wildflowers";
- Kim Edwards, associate professor of English, the author of "The Lake of Dreams";
- Sarah E. Glenn, staff member at UK HealthCare Continuing Education, "All This and Family, Too"; and
- Jeffrey Suchanek, head of Public Policy Archives at UK Libraries, and Jeanne Suchanek, the authors of "Star Spangled Hearts."
Additionally, two-time UK All-American quarterback Vito "Babe" Parilli will be on hand to sign copies of "Kentucky Babe: The Babe Parilli Story," a biography on the football player by Dick Burdette.
UK authors with UPK connections participating in the Kentucky Book Fair include:
- Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the author of "Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community" and editor of "Community Memories: A Glimpse of African American Life in Frankfort, Kentucky";
- Maryjean Wall, part-time instructor of history, the author of "How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders"; and
- Angene Wilson, professor emeritus of education, and Jack Wilson, the authors of "Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers."
Authors and editors with recent publications from UPK participating in the fair and their corresponding books are:
- Lindsey Apple, "The Family Legacy of Henry Clay: In the Shadow of a Kentucky Patriarch";
- James Archambeault, "Kentucky Horse Country: Images of the Bluegrass";
- Brad Asher, "Cecilia and Fanny: The Remarkable Friendship Between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress";
- Bob Edwards, "A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio";
- William E. Ellis, "A History of Education in Kentucky";
- Maggie Green, "The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook";
- Silas House, James Still's "Chinaberry";
- William Lynwood Montell, "Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs";
- James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins, "Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War"; and
- Albert W.A. Schmid, "The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook."
Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of UPK are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.