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Movies: Silver Linings Playbook

by Raj Ranade There’s a tiny moment in a diner during Silver Linings Playbook that gets at the heart of what makes director David O. Russell’s films so interesting. Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) are there on a […]

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Ace Daily Photo 11.26.2012 ‘Pie Lady’ author Beth Howard

Ace Daily Photo 11.26.2012 "The Pie Lady!" Author Beth Howard, passing through Lexington today. Howard is the author of Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie, an Ace Favorite

Barbara Kingsolver, credit: David Wood

The Kentucky Book Page: Barbara Kingsolver, Jason Howard, etc

Kentucky native Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, Flight Behavior, hit bookshelves this week and  is a uniquely Appalachian fiction take on climate change, as well as a different spin


Essay: With All Best Wishes, by Holly Goddard Jones

BY HOLLY GODDARD JONES The first time I gave a public reading from my fiction was in 2003. My professor (and fairy godmother), Nikky Finney, invited me to read


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

Photo of Bobbie Ann Mason by LaNelle Mason.

“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

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