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More than 150 authors and illustrators, including New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon, well known for her “Outlander” series and Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara series are expected to be in attendance for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest weekend of April 17-18 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

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“We are very pleased with the number and quality of authors and illustrators we will have with us this year,” said Kristie Lowry, Literary Outreach Coordinator for WKU Libraries and Book Fest organizer. “In addition to the headliner, who has a very loyal following, there are many wonderful authors for readers of all ages.”

Book Fest weekend is full of author presentations, panel discussions, and book signings as well as theKentucky Writers Conference featuring writing workshops on Friday, April 17, presented by several authors who will be at the main Book Fest event on Saturday, April 18. Friday also includes Children’s Day with hundreds of school-aged children visiting presentations and getting book signed by favorite and newly discovered authors. A new program this year is a Writers Workshop for Teens geared toward youth in grades 9 through 12. For information on that or to register, go to sokybookfest.org and click on Children’s Day.

Jamie Ford, Terry Brooks and Chloe Neill are a few well-known authors who will be on hand at SOKY Book Fest. Bestselling picture book author Doreen Cronin, known for “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” and “Duck for President,” will be attending both days along with illustrator Mark Crilley who has his work featured in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and CNN Headline News and Comcast on Demand.

SOKY Book Fest is a partnership project of WKU Libraries, Warren County Public Library, and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. For information, visit the website at sokybookfest.org or contact Book Fest organizer Kristie Lowry at WKU Libraries at (270) 745-4502.

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events. Held in Bowling Green, Kentucky each April, Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books.

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership consists of Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. These entities collaborate throughout the year on a variety of literary events designed to fulfill the mission of the partnership: to encourage reading and the love of books, and to be a positive force in promoting literacy in our region and state.

The panel and presentation schedule for Saturday, April 18 can be accessed by clicking the box below.

Diana Gabaldon’s presentation will be on Saturday, April 18 in Room 163A-C of the Knicely Conference Center at 9 a.m. CDT, and the presentation will also be broadcast on TV screens in Room 130 (the Regency Room). Tickets are not required, and seating will be first-come, first-served. The main doors to the Knicely Conference Center will open at 8 a.m.

Diana will sign books in Book Fest’s main signing area, Room 208A-J, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. We ask that no outside items be brought to the event to be signed. Barnes