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.
In 1922, the Graves County Sheriff was murdered in the courthouse in front of several witnesses. A few days later, his wife is appointed sheriff and begins her quest for redemption. Murray attorney Sid Easley tells this true tale in his book, A Courthouse Tragedy. Easley joins Kate Lochte in the studio during Sounds Good to describe the fateful events and reads from his book.
The 2012 publication of "Maybe the Saddest Thing" gave poet Marcus Wicker more national attention. His earning the 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship brought him a $15,000 prize. He teaches writing at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville and reads from his works this Sunday at 7 p.m. at Murray State as a visiting artist in the MFA Summer Reading series. The reading is open to all in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, sixth floor Doyle Fine Arts. Kate Lochte met Mr. Wicker by phone.
Soft-spoken, wide-eyed author Claire Vaye Watkins packs a punch with odd, heart-rending stories set in Nevada and collected in the book Battleborn, which won the 2012 Story Prize, the 2013 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. It was also named a Best Book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York and Flavorwire, and a Best Short Story Collection by NPR.org. Last year the National Book Foundation named Watkins one of the "5 under 35" best writers. Claire Vaye Watkins teaches at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and her reading for the Murray State MFA program this Saturday at 7 p.m. is open to all. Kate Lochte has conversation with the author.
Kate Lochte speaks with Steve Vest, the owner and publisher of Vested Interest Publications - Kentucky Monthly magazine’s parent company, who gives us the scoop on how to enter its 6th Annual Literary Showcase. Kentucky Monthly is seeking fiction, creative-non fiction and poetry submissions from Kentucky writers, which includes anyone who currently lives in Kentucky, or has lived in Kentucky and uses it as their subject matter. See how to submit your work on the Kentucky Monthly website.
Dr. Charles Daughaday, long-time faculty member of the Department of English at Murray State University, visits Sounds Good to reflect on his writing life and the value of poetry today. He shares one of his poems and attests to his strong belief in the value of the Humanities and literature.
A “Hall of Fame” dedicated to a region’s writers is rare in the United States, but one launched this week in Lexington. The inaugural class of authors will be named this week to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, which is based at the Carnegie Center in Lexington, will honor native-born Kentuckians who have penned either fiction or non-fiction.
Murray State’s Reading Series presents crime novelist Lou Berney Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 in Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery. Barry Award nominee for Gutshot Straight, Berney’s follow-up novel, Whiplash River, is coming out this year. Kate Lochte invites us to meet the Oklahoma City University creative writing faculty member.