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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. Judging from the smiles, the sales and the many good conversations observed, it may be said that a good time was had by all.


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.


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Adair County Book Fair 2017: Warrior Spirit by Tim Roy, Jr.



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo photo submitted by Mike Watson.
Tim Roy, Jr., of Adair County, was at the Adair County Book Fair, today, Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 1pm-3pmCT. - Mike Watson

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Adair County Book Fair 2017: At Tim Roy's table



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Tim Roy's table was busy. His autobiography is entitled: A Warrior's Spirit, an autobiographical experience like no other, is a true story of determination and success. Standing at the table are, from left, Pam Hoots, Richard Grant, and Cathy Abell. The Book Fair continues through 3pmCT, today, Saturday, November 4, 2107. - Linda Waggener

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Book Fair 2017: Printer and Author, Joyce Coomer and Lilburn Roy



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Joyce Coomer, of Printing Creations, Columbia, KY, talks with Lilburn Roy, author of Dr. Pepper, Columbia, Kentucky, the definitive source for local soft drink memorabilia. A one of a kind--man and book--Mr. Roy is an encyclopedia! Printing Creations, just a couple of blocks away from the library, at 110 N Monroe Street, printed the book.

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Book Fair: Books by Ford Nashett & Irene Black - 'Nash Black'



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Ford Nashett was one of the authors at the book fair with the books he and his wife Irene Black co-write under the pen name Nash Black. - LW

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Book Fair 2017: Genealogy section



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Some of the Genealogy Books on sale at the Adair County Book Fair. But these are on sale every day the Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, is open. The hours, which vary each day, can be seen at Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.

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Book Fair 2017: author Trudy Chelf Hardin



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
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.

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Book Fair 2017: Authors Brown, Carter, Tucker and Crump



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
At the Book Fair were these authors, John M. L. Brown at left with his wife Faye seated beside him, and authors John Mark Carter, Lanny Tucker and Dennis Crump. At right, standing, is Book Fair guest Virgie Claycomb of Columbia. Photo taken Saturday 4 Nov 2017, at the launch of a sure-to-be annual event, organized by Historian Mike Watson and avid reader and book collector and published poet Pam Hoots.

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Book Fair 2017: Genealogy section samples



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Just look at the treasure trove of information available about Adair County families and places in the Genealogy section of the library -- around 200 people saw these Sat 04 Nov 2017 at the Book Fair.

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Book Fair 2017: author Joe Fair at table with Kayla's book



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Kayla Garrison, local author and philanthropist, could not be present, but copies of her book were available. Kadee's Hope: A Family's Fight Against Childhood Cancer, is her response to a world in need. At right is author Joe Fair, a Vietnam veteran who resides at Campbellsville, Taylor County, with copies of his Call Sign Dracula: My Tour With the Black Scarves, April 1969 to March 1970, which 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. - Linda Waggener

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Book Fair 2017: author Ann Gabhart



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
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 will sign These Healing Hills and other titles, is shown above her display titles at the overwhelmingly successful inaugural Adair County Book Fair, which drew an enthusiastic - and buying - attendance of over 200 people, according to co-organizer Pam Hoots, on Saturday, November 4, 2017. - Linda Waggener

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Book Fair 2017: author Debra Keltner Rich



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Author Debra Keltner Rich is from Lexington but is a former Coburg resident. Above holding her book, Deceived by Appearances at the Sat 04 Nov 2017 Adair County Book Fair. - LW

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Book Fair 2017: author Marshall Smith



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Marshall Smith, native Adair Countian and resident of Columbia, is a natural born writer and poet. Above, with two books, one just off the press this past week. Mr. Smith, one of the nicest men in the state, is also a noted folklorist, storyteller, folk artist, and wood craftsman. - Mike Watson Photo Sat 04 Nov 2017, by Linda Waggener, at the First Annual Adair County Book Fair.

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Book Fair 2017: author Ruth Irene Garrett



2017-11-04 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Ruth Irene Garrett signed copies of her books, 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 include My Amish Heritage, and Born Amish, and Ruthie Goes to Town. Photo Sat 4 Nov 2017, at the Adair County Book Fair. - LW

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Book Fair 2017: Bryan Baker with author Misty Lynne's work



2017-11-05 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Bryan Baker is the biggest fan and supporter of the author, his wife, Misty Lynne Rigsby Baker. Both are natives of Adair County who now live in Buckner, KY, near LaGrange. He said they met in first grade and he decided to marry her then. They went all the way through school together, graduated from Adair County High School, and now have three children who were at Grandma Jean Baker's during the Book Fair. He said he is an engineer and may do a little Photoshop work on her books, but she is the author.

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Book Fair 2017: Mom Pam representing author Romines



2017-11-05 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Pam Romines of Campbellsville was at the Book Fair representing her son, author Kyle Alexander Romines.

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Book Fair 2017: author Gina Z and company



2017-11-05 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Gina Zais at left, an Adair County native now living in Bowling Green, was excited to have her first book published and ready for sales. It is the first in a series if five Christian Children’s books. With her to her right are Kristen Stephens of Columbia, and Carol Irvin and Jaylyn Burdine, both of Russell Springs.

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Book Fair 2017: Bonner Scholar Melanie Brown



2017-11-05 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Melanie Brown worked to help keep the library staff going at the Book Fair. She is a Louisville, KY sophomore at LWC. As a Bonner Scholar, the library is where she does her community service program.

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Book Fair 2017: author Darlene Franklin Campbell



2017-11-05 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Darlene Franklin Campbell's book table was one of the most visited of all at Saturday's Book Fair. She is a well-known native and resident, writer and teacher, storyteller and artist. Darlene is at right, her daughter Rachel Warmouth in beside her. At left is author Lilburn Roy.

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Book Fair 2017: supporting their author grandmother



2017-11-05 - Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Ernestine "Ernie" Bennett's grandchildren were her key support people at the Book Fair. At left is Brayden Bennett, 9, with Emily Bennett, 12, at right.

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