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Adair County Book Fair was an excellent event
Crowd estimated at 200, a really strong showing, was a early indicator that this event will be an annual one. Click on headline for complete story with photo album from the event.
There are over one dozen photos posted already. We will appreciate submissions of photos of other authors for this album. - LW
By Linda Waggener with Mike Watson Information
Event co-organizers Pamela Hoots and Mike Watson estimated that a crowd of about 200 was in attendance during the two-hour Book Fair Saturday at the Adair County Public Library. Refreshments were provided and writers, families and friends came from Adair, Green, Russell, Taylor, Marion and other local counties, as well as from Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, and Nashville.
I was there primarily to represent Mama's book, The Best of Senior Quest, by Geniece Leftwich Marcum. She's the one on the Leftwich side of my family who connected present generation storytellers and writers to her grandfather Joseph Turner who wrote columns in the Adair County News under the pseudonym Paul Revere.
Mom and I often thought about it, but never did, trace from where he brought the gene -- from the old country -- whatever it might have been. Mama would have absolutely loved to have been right in the middle of all the activity Saturday, loving the conversations with writers and readers and curious folks. It was so very good to be there. I tried to get my writer husband Ed to attend, but he chose to stay in creative writing mode at his computer and let me do the legwork.
Information below largely credited to Mike Watson
Writers represented, or there in person, included Darlene Franklin-Campbell, LouAnn Russell, Gina Zais, Debra Keltner Rich, Tim Roy, Trudy Chelf Harden, Christopher Rowe and his wife Gwenda Bond, Lanny Tucker, Marshall Smith, Dennis Crump, Donna Jones, Marshall Smith, Ernestine Smith Bennett, Lilburn Roy, Mike Watson, Geniece Marcum, “The Elusive” J.D.G. via representative, Misty Lynne Rigsby Baker, Janice Holt & Henry Giles Society, Adair County Genealogical Society - and more.
Lanny Tucker came from Green County to sign History Among Us: Green County in Photographs, Interviews, & Stories. Mr. Tucker, Green County historian, has produced numerous literary works. In Columbia, he may be better known as Jelaine Harlow's brother.
John M.L. Brown and his wife Faye were at the Book Fair. He is from Nashville but his roots are in Cumberland County. The Kentucky Way is his first book. He spent about 15 years tweaking it before he finally kicked it out of the nest. The book, which is set in Crittenden County, KY in the 1930s and 40s, was a labor of love for the county and the people who live there.
Kyle Alexander Romines of Campbellsville, KY, is the author of A Sound in the Dark, The Keeper of the Crows, and The Crononaut.
Dr. John Mark Carter came to the Book Fair from his home in Russell County to sign his book, The Parsons' Sons.
Ruth Irene Garrett was there to sign Crossing Over and other titles; her work is based upon the Old Order Amish. She was reared in the Old Order community of Kalona, Iowa. Other titles: Crossing Over, My Amish Heritage, Born Amish.
Ann H. Gabhart, resident of Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, is a noted Kentucky fiction author whose recent books of historical fiction and mystery are much in demand. She was on hand to sign These Healing Hills and other titles.
Trudy Chelf Hardin and her husband Tom Dodson were at the event with her book, Pieces: When Broken Becomes Beautiful. She is a native of Adair County who now lives in Bowling Green.
Darlene Franklin-Campbell, an Adair County native and an award-winning author, was at the Book Fair. Her work has been included in multiple publications, a few of which include Story South, River Walk Journal, Coal Country, Instructor Magazine and the New Madrid Literary Journal. Her poetry won the Mary Ballard Prize in 2012 and her young adult novel, I Listened Momma won the Predators and Editors award the same year. She is a member of the Elizabeth Maddox Roberts Poetry Society, and she just released her first children's book, When I was a Kid in Kentucky.
Joe Fair, a Vietnam veteran, of Campbellsville, was on hand to sign Dracula: My Tour With the Black Scarves, April 1969 to March 1970. Call Sign Dracula provides an outstanding, valuable and worthy in-depth look into the life of a U.S. Army Infantry soldier serving with the famed 1st Infantry Division"the Big Red One" in Vietnam.
Ann H. Gabhart, resident of Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, is a noted Kentucky fiction author whose recent books of historical fiction and mystery are much in demand.
It was sad that due to a death in the family of Gwenda and Christopher Rowe, of Lexington, prevented their participation this year. We send our condolences.
The Annual Kentucky Book Fair, scheduled for Saturday, November 18, is the premiere book event in the State each year. 2017 shows a change in venue to the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time, it grew too big for Frankfort.
This story was posted on 2017-11-05 10:49:04
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