Kentucky Proud Evenings, a series of monthly author talks. These events will occur at 6:00pm 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.

This 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.


Monday, June 24: Dan & Judy Dourson, Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River Basin and Wild Yet Tasty: A Guide to Edible Plants of Eastern Kentucky

Authors Dan and Judy Dourson introduce the geology and cultural history of the gorge but focus on the incredible diversity of both common and rare flora of this unique ecosystem. With over 1,000 color images and numerous illustrations covering over 1,500 species currently known to exist in the
watershed, Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge is designed to be accessible to the casual hiker and of use to the seasoned naturalist. Rare and endangered species are highlighted as well as a few other important, but often ignored, non-flowering plant groups, including green algae, fungi, slime molds, lichens, and mosses. In addition, a small section on flowering woody vines, shrubs, and trees is included, making the book the most comprehensive natural guide to one of Kentucky’s most well-known natural recreational areas. 

Wednesday, July 31: Nancy O’Malley, Boonesborough Unearthed: Frontier Archaeology at a Revolutionary Fort

Boonesborough Unearthed: Frontier Archaeology at a Revolutionary Fort is the result of more than thirty years of research by archaeologist Nancy O’Malley. This groundbreaking book presents new information and fresh insights about Fort Boonesborough and life in frontier Kentucky. O’Malley
examines the story of this historical landmark from its founding during a time of war into the nineteenth century. O’Malley also delves into the lives of the settlers who lived there, and explores the Transylvania Company's dashed hopes of forming a fourteenth colony at the fort. This insightful and informative work is a fascinating exploration into Kentucky’s frontier past.