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Saturday, April 21, 2018
319 Chestnut St., Berea, Kentucky 40403

At Berea Book Fest, authors and readers will celebrate our love of books and reading. The fourth annual Berea Book Fest brings together a mix of Central Kentucky authors from various genres. There will be an author meet and greet, author readings, and a free workshop. 


10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Author Meet-and-Greet and Readings
Readers can meet Kentucky authors and discover books in a wide range of genres.
Authors will present selections from their work. 


3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m 
Writing from Life: from Personal to the Persona
presented by Hannah Pittard 




Judy Fitzwater

Judy Fitzwater, a Berea College graduate, grew up an Air Force brat and has lived in ten states, including Maine and Hawaii. Her first mystery, DYING TO GET PUBLISHED, was plucked from a stack of unsolicited manuscripts at Ballantine Books. It was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery. The subsequent eight-book series, THE JENNIFER MARSH MYSTERIES, was a delight for her to write, especially the scenes with Jennifer's quirky writers' group. Judy has also written two suspense thrillers, DROWNING IN AIR and NO SAFE PLACE, and the ghostly romantic comedy, VACATIONING WITH THE DEAD. She's very excited about her newest release, LOVE AFTER DEATH, which takes characters from both DYING AT HONEYMOON INN and VACATIONING WITH THE DEAD on new adventures. She has plans for more mystery, suspense, humor, and paranormal stories to come. She hopes you enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoys writing them.

K. Bruce Florence

K. Bruce Florence was reared in the Appalachians in Harlan County Kentucky. She was graduated from Harlan High School and Transylvania University. She received her Master’s degree from Georgetown College and studied in the EKU MFA program. She was awarded the Katherine Petit Medallion for short story. She has poetry published in several journals, including Appalachian Heritage, and is the author of three books, “A Cookbook, Getting Together”, a poetic novel narrative, “Waiting for Daylight” and a fiction novel, “Fleetie’s Crossing.  She retired after working in education for 50 years. She established a branch of Maysville Community and Technical School, coached a high school speech team to national honors and was in the classroom for 23 years before beginning the work to establish the college site. 

She currently writes a column for her local newspaper, is an Elder in her church and works retail in her daughter’s vintage collectible shop. She is working on another poetic novel and a biography of George Ella Lyon’s relationship with her writing teacher and mentor. 

Lindsey S. Frantz

Lindsey S. Frantz was born and raised in Appalachia and earned her MFA from Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University. Her stories and poems have previously appeared in numerous literary journals, including Main Street Rag’s Villains Anthology, Ruminate Magazine, and Emerge Literary Journal. Her first novel, The Upworld, was released from Line by Lion Publications in the summer of 2017. 


She currently lives in sleepy, art-rich Berea, Kentucky with her husband, Vince, and their two young children, James and Sadie.

Joshua Gray

Joshua Gray is a poet, foodie, Beowulf adapter, India lover, Melanoma beater, Shakespeare freer.

Vicky Hayes

Vicky Hayes was born in Paintsville, Kentucky, and spent her childhood in the heart of coal country. She started writing songs and poetry when she was eleven. The bookmobile gave her the first taste of great literature. Hayes has been published in Mountain Life and Work, A Gathering at the Forks, Appalachian Journal, and Appalachian Heritage. Her prose poems appear in Balance of Five and her novel, Leaving Justice, was published in 2016. She teaches writing and Appalachian Culture at Berea College and lives with her husband on a farm outside Berea, Ky., where she directs the art nonprofit, Bobtown Arts.

Libby Falk Jones

Libby Falk Jones is past president of Kentucky State Poetry Society. She will have information about their October meeting in Berea. Libby's poems have been published in regional and national journals and anthologies, including Still, Anthology of Appalachian Writers (Charles Frazier Vol. IX), The Merton Seasonal, and New Growth: Recent Kentucky Writing. She is the author of two books of poems, Above the Eastern Treetops, Blue (Finishing Line, 2010) and, with four other Berea poets, Balance of Five (Berea, 2015).

Roger Jones

Roger Jones is a historian of science who flies powered aircraft and gliders. In addition to academic writing, he has published two short stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and non-fiction pieces in InFlight, Cessna Owner, and Soaring magazines. In addition to Victor T. Vulture, he has written a monograph on the founder of hydrodynamics, a textbook on its history, three flying-involved novels, and a memoir. He lives with his wife, flies, and writes in Berea, Kentucky.

Hannah Pittard

Hannah Pittard was born in Atlanta. She is the author of four novels, including Listen to Me and The Fates Will Find Their Way. Her work has appeared in the Sewanee Review, the New York Times, and other publications. She is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky, where she directs the MFA program in creative writing.

Christopher Rowe

Christopher Rowe, science fiction and fantasy author, great cook, raconteur, and independent bookseller. (Some of these things may be lies. Or none of them.) His story collection, Telling the Map, was released in 2017. He also co-writes a series for younger readers, the Supernormal Sleuthing Service, with his wife, author Gwenda Bond. He has also published a couple of dozen stories, and been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Theodore Sturgeon Awards.

Jeff Rubin

Jeff Rubin is a civic improvement, community engagement, and communications professional. Jeff has won Editor and Publisher’s top award for community service while marketing and directing several community newspapers. Jeff was appointed by the previous Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear, to serve as a member of the Kentucky Institute on Aging, an advisory body to the Department of Aging and Independent Living. In addition, he hosts a radio talk show on contemporary community issues, and is a contributing columnist to print and online media. Jeff shares a consulting practice with his wife, Denise, in Berea, Kentucky where they live with their dog, Toby.

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