The Frankfort Convention Center was the scene for literary enthusiasts from across the region to get up close and personal with Kentucky’s authors. The 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair had a distinctly different, but more organized, feel to it. With children and young adult books on the upper mezzanine of the facility, and well marked sections of fiction and non-fiction books, it was more like roaming through your local library. A main stage featured authors and questions and answering from the audience.
Now operated by the Kentucky Humanities Council, an independent, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. The Council is supported by the National Endowment and by private contributions. They are not a state agency, and do not receive state funds. They are proud partners with Kentucky’s cultural, heritage, arts, and tourism agencies.
Since its inception in 1981, the Kentucky Book Fair has been connecting readers and authors in a celebration of shared passion and mutual interest: the importance and promotion of writing and reading. Each year, more than 170 local and national authors participate in the event, signing their latest books and meeting readers from Kentucky and surrounding states. On average, nearly 3,500 readers flock to downtown Frankfort to meet their favorite writers and learn about new authors. In addition to the 35th anniversary of the Kentucky Book Fair, the 6th Annual KBF Kids Day was celebrated on Friday, where hundreds of Kentucky students were given the opportunity to interact with authors in a series of engaging presentations.
Previously operated by a non-profit independent board of volunteers, the Kentucky Book Fair is now operated by the Kentucky Humanities Council, in partnership with the Kentucky Book Fair board and the many volunteers who have made the book fair the state’s premier literary event for the past 34 years.
About the Book Fair
Statement of Purpose
The Kentucky Book Fair, Inc., was founded in 1981 under the appropriate statutes of the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable and non-profit corporation for the sole purpose of staging an annual book fair.
The Kentucky Book Fair has three key goals:
- To honor the profession of writing in the form of a one-day celebration
- To provide a format for authors to meet their reading public
- To raise money through the sale of books and donate all profits to mostly school and public libraries throughout Kentucky
The Book Fair corporation is composed of a 30-member volunteer board of directors and officers. A paid manager and part-time bookkeeper handle financial and day-to-day matters.
The Book Fair is Kentucky’s premier literary event and one of the largest of its kind in the nation. It is sponsored by the The State Journal, Frankfort’s daily newspaper, and co-sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and the University Press of Kentucky.
Each year approximately 150 authors attend the Book Fair to autograph copies of their latest book, generally published within the 12 months preceding the November Book Fair date. Between 4,000 and 5,000 patrons attend and gross sales annually top $120,000.