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Record crowds expected for SOKY Book Fest events on April 15-16

Several world-renowned authors are drawing a lot of interest to this year’s Southern Kentucky Book Fest April 15-16 at WKU’s Carroll Knicely Conference Center. Appearances by authors Nicholas Sparks, Judith Viorst and Jean Auel are especially attracting attention. More than 150 authors will appear during the two-day event.

SOKY Book Fest logoSOKY Book Fest is in its 13th year and includes Children’s Day and the Kentucky Writers Conference on April 15 and the main book festival on April 16. Authors who appear at the festival meet with the public, give talks and sign copies of their books which are available for sale through Book Fest partner Barnes & Noble. Most events are free and no tickets are needed to attend.

Judith Viorst will be the Children’s Day headliner on April 15 and will give a free keynote address at 9 a.m. After the talk, she will meet with the public and sign books until noon. She will also sign books on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Viorst is best known for her children’s books such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day but is also the author of books for adults. More than 1,000 school children from the area will take field trips to the event.

Blockbuster author Nicholas Sparks will give a keynote presentation at the main book festival at 11 a.m. April 16; the presentation is free and open to the public. Festival organizers say they will accommodate as many people as they can but seating is limited. Tickets will be handed out at the door beginning at 9 a.m. until supplies are exhausted. Sparks is also speaking to 100 donors and area students at a special sold out breakfast fundraiser.

Jean Auel has just released her latest book in her Earth’s Children series which started with The Clan of the Cave Bear. The Land of Painted Caves is the continuing story of Ayla and Jondalar and the way life was lived more than 25,000 years ago. Auel has sold more than 45 million copies of the series that also includes The Valley of the Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, and The Shelters of Stone. Auel will give a free talk at 10 a.m. April 16 and sign books until 1:30 p.m.

The 2011 Book Fest will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16. Children’s Day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15. The Kentucky Writers Conference will also take place on April 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Kentucky Writers Conference is free and open to anyone, including experienced writers, new writers and educators and students. A dozen authors attending the Book Fest will offer workshops on various writing topics during the daylong event.

The book festival is a project of WKU Libraries, Barnes & Noble, and Warren County Public Library and made possible by area sponsors. For the latest information about all of the authors attending the book festival and the schedule of events, visit www.sokybookfest.org.

Contact: Tracy Harkins, Book Fest Manager, (270) 745-5016.

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