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BOOKS: Flights of Fancy in Appalachia: Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior

BY HEATHER C. WATSON “A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture.” With that provocative opening sentence, Barbara Kingsolver introduces us to Dellarobia Turnbow, the restless East Tennessee housewife at the heart […]

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“Road Report” by Bobbie Ann Mason

Road Report By Bobbie Ann Mason A few years ago, I gave a reading at a library in  Kentucky, and in the  book-signing line I met a nine-year-old girl with


Chris Offutt and Treme in the Washington Post

Kentucky native, author Chris Offutt has written Episode 6, "Careless Love," for the current season of HBO's Treme, airing this Sunday, October 28. Fats Domino is in the

Vendors at the Southern Festival of Books

“Where are you from?”: 2012 Southern Festival of Books and the Politics of Place

BY HEATHER C. WATSON "Where are you from?" The simple question seemed to be theme of the 2012 Southern Festival of Books.  You heard it from presenters, participants and audience

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The Kentucky Reader’s Guide to the 2012 Southern Festival of Books

[amazon asin=8881588455&template=iframe image]The Southern Festival of Books, an annual extravaganza of the written word, brings readers, writers, musicians, and publishers together for a weekend's worth of events.  Among


New work from Kentucky Native Chris Offutt: Grit Lit and Treme

"Melungeons,"  by Kentucky native and author Chris Offutt is  included in the new anthology, Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader (University of South Carolina Press.) The story was


New Music from Paul K

BY KAKIE URCH After a long hiatus, Lexington singer/songwriter Paul K releases new music today, which he sampled/previewed on Friday night with a live in-studio set at WRFL, including


New Books: Will Oldham on Bonnie Prince Billy

Will Oldham, best known as “Bonnie Prince Billy,” was in Lexington last month for a WMMT/Appalshop benefit at Cosmic Charlie's.  A few years ago, at Red Mile’s Round

Alan and Kathy Stein cheer on the Legends, from the book, Bluegrass Baseball

Lexington Legends Star in New Book, Bluegrass Baseball

BY BRIAN C. GARDNER The drive from Whitaker Bank ballpark, home of The Lexington Legends, to Yankee Stadium is 714 miles. But to a player toiling in Baseball’s minor


Ed McClanahan Kickstarter Update: Write Home, Send Money. Deadline July 17

BY ED MCCLANAHAN DEAR McCLANAFANS:  WRITE HOME, SEND MONEY! First, now that I’ve got your attention, I need to thank all those  handsome men and beautiful women who have already

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