Kentucky Authors

Whether you have been writing a while and have written short stories or a novel, or if you're interested in getting started, with a handful of ideas and a blank notebook, Murray State's Low-Residency MFA Program offers a Free Community Writing Workshop July 11 & 12 called "Give Wings to Your Words." On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets its leader, faculty member Julia Watts, author of thirteen novels including Finding H.F., The Kind of Girl I Am, and Kindred Spirits. Watts says the workshop is an opportunity to generate work and spark ideas to develop into stories, poems or plays.

This Saturday, over 20 authors gather for the First Annual Providence Literary Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the VFW in Providence, Kentucky. On Sounds Good, we speak with festival organizer and author Matthew Allan Hughes who was shocked when NY Times Best-Selling author of The Walking Dead novels Jay Bonansinga said he'd come to do a world-premiere reading of the next in the series.

Friends of the Calloway County Public Library's first meeting is an event open to all. Sandy Linn brings the details about "Celebrate Calloway County Authors" Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Library. There will be nearly 20 authors signing books, available for purchase.

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Calloway County Public Library's Sandy Linn visits on our monthly Libraries Sound Good update. Kentucky author Bobbie Smith Bryant returns to the library for a presentation on Kentucky cooking. Also, Linn talks about a special drawing for Murray State students and previews a new tutoring service for students of all ages.

Murray State University Professor of English Carrie Jerrell has received an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. She is one of six writers chosen for demonstrating a high level of excellence and creativity in their literary ares careers. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Jerrell, reading form her newest work. 

"For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy. Dating them is the hard part."

Author T. Michelle Nelson's vampire fiction heroine finishes her run with the last in the Lily Drake series, "Death Warmed Over," released today. The novel published by Inkspell Publishing, concludes the trilogy by the Benton native and Murray State graduate.  From her website: "When a devastating loss crushes her will to live, can Lily go on and be the leader she has to be?  What is she willing to sacrifice to save others?" Hear the conversation:

Cadiz resident Mike Conver's novel Small Forces captures a credible high school world of kids, parents, and teachers dealing with learning disabilities, drug dealers and retirement- focused administrators. Kate speaks with the educator-turned-author about his new book on Sounds Good.

Hopkinsville author Michael Freeland joins us on Sounds Good to read from and discuss his recently published book of poetry, Homeplace: Finding Poetry in Everyday Places. Freeland has also published Blood River to Berlin - The World War II Journal of an Army Medic and Time and the River - A Memoir

Kentucky author  and Calloway County native Bobbie Smith Bryant holds a talk about the social and cultural experience of life on the farm at Calloway County Public Library. Her two books are Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking & Quilting in Western Kentucky and Forty Acres & A Red Belly Ford: The Smith Family of Calloway County. She previews her talk today on Sounds Good.

Dan Gediman is the editor of This I Believe: Kentucky and a long-time public radio producer. His work has been featured on This American Life, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Jazz Profiles. He gives Kate Lochte an overview of the radio series being developed around this book and the segments that may soon air on WKMS.