Collections and Connections Spring/Summer 2012 : Page 1

Spring-Summer 2012 SOKY Book Fest brings in thousands Collections & Connections The 14th annual Southern Kentucky Book Fest brought thousands of people to WKU’s Knicely Conference Center for its events on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. One of the state’s largest literary events kicked off on Friday with the return of Children’s Day headlined by Matthew Holm, bestselling author of the Babymouse and Squish series. School children, teachers, and members of the community enjoyed this day filled with dynamic presentations, and opportunities to interact with authors and buy their books. This year a Writers Conference for Children debuted where published authors and illustrators presented sessions teaching youth about the writing process and how to hone their artistic skills. This program was a part of the Kentucky Writers Conference (KWC) in its ninth year. Several authors participating in the Saturday Book Fest event offered their expertise the day before with workshops such as “Collaborative Writing” with Virginia Smith and Lori Copeland, and “Taming the Shaggy Beast—Letting Your Novel Write Itself ” with Lee Martin. Saturday brought the main event, with over 140 authors presenting sessions, signing their books, and speaking with readers. Highlights of the day included sessions with Newbery Honor winner Carl Hiaasen and New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham, Kentucky Favorite Silas House and Gap Creek author Robert Morgan. Children enjoyed the Eloise Tea Party and the results of the annual PBS Writers Contest. Book Fest is made possible from the generous support of Dollar General, Jim Johnson, Fruit of the Loom, Smucker’s, Bell Orr Ayers & Moore, and several other organizations. Proceeds from the book sales go toward promoting literacy in the region, and organizers are already making plans for next year’s event. To see highlights of the weekend, go to sokybookfest.org.

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