The city of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is known for a variety of different things. When people hear the name Bowling Green, they may think of the city’s booming industries. Fruit of the Loom, the Chevrolet Corvette, and GM take up residence here, and thousands of residents find work in the city’s numerous factories and offices. A lot of great minds have lived in the city; John Carpenter, Jefferson Davis, and Rand Paul have all called it home. A lot of things come to mind when people think of Bowling Green, but there is one thing that more people should recognize and celebrate in the city: books.
Who doesn’t love to settle down with a good book on a nice afternoon? David Stewart is one of the many Bowling Green residents that loves to read, and along with the many other book lovers in the area, he was happy to recently welcome the Southern Kentucky Book Fest to the city. On Saturday, April 26th, the Knicely Conference Center played host to countless authors and hundreds of people who love to read. Along with book signings, discussions, and Q&A sessions, people were able to see and talk to some of their favorite authors.
This year, people were very excited to welcome Charlaine Harris to the Southern Kentucky Book Fest. The critically acclaimed author penned the extremely popular Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which was turned into an even more popular show on HBO. Harris released the final novel in the series, Dead Ever After, last May. The acclaimed HBO show will be airing its last season this summer, so the author picked an excellent time to come and discuss her books and other works with her eager fans.
People with an interest in the Civil Rights Movement were happy to attend the festival’s presentation on the subject. Aram Goudsouzian is the Chair of the Department of History at the University of Memphis, and has also authored several books about key moments in America’s Civil Rights Movement. Goudsouzian, along with Dr. Anne Onyekwuluje and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., hosted an unforgettable panel. There were countless other presentations on a variety of genres and topics at the event.
Historical fiction, thrillers, biographies, and others all had their own panels dedicated to discussions with authors, professors, and other book lovers. There was also more than enough to do for the festival’s youngest attendants. There were several young adult writers attending the event, giving everyone something to do and someone to meet at the book fest.