2018 Kentucky Proud Evenings

 The University Press of Kentucky is celebrating its 75th anniversary with company. The Fayette County Cooperative Extension of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has partnered with The University Press of Kentucky on Kentucky Proud Evenings, a series of monthly author talks. These events will occur at 6:00 pm at the Fayette County Extension Office (1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington).  Plate it Up! Kentucky Proud food samples will be available for those attending. Reserve your spot at a talk by calling the Fayette County Extension Office (859-257-5582). Copies of the book being discussed will be available for sale at the events.


Monday, August 13
Bob Thompson, Hitchhiker: Stories from the Kentucky Homefront
Thompson offers readers homegrown tales that interweave ghosts of the past with real and imagined worlds and range from growing up in Western Kentucky to following the footsteps of Hemingway and the Lost Generation across Europe.


Wednesday, September 12
Tammy Horn Potter, Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation
Horn Potter, Kentucky’s State Apiarist, examines bees as a powerful symbol, a source of income, and a metaphor for America’s place at the center of global advances in information and technology.


Monday, October 29
Macy Wyatt, Ghosts of the Bluegrass
Including documenting a building on the University of Kentucky campus where Adolph Rupp is said to have conversed with deceased biology professor Dr. Funkhouser, this volume contains chapters on haunted places, poltergeists, and more.


Wednesday, November 14

Milton C. Toby, Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing’s Most Famous Cold Case

Award-winning author Milton Toby tells the infamous story of the theft of the renowned Irish Thoroughbred stallion, Shergar, through conspiracy theories, possible suspects, and other details from the unsolved case.


Thursday, December 6

Terri Blom Crocker, The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War

Crocker’s work analyzes and contextualizes the historiography and memory of the 1914 Christmas Truce, which consisted of a series of unofficial ceasefires on Christmas Eve during World War I between British and German troops.


These events will be a great opportunity to learn more about the amazing works that will be discussed while attendees enjoy the wonderful local food samples that will be provided. No preparation, reading ahead, or money is required to discover more about the many and various topics covered in these books and talks, only curiosity and the desire to go. These monthly author talks are a fun and enriching way to spend an evening that you will not want to miss.