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.


Tuesday, March 27
David J. Bettez, Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front
Bettez provides the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of the Great War on Bluegrass society, politics, economy, and culture, contextualizing the state’s involvement within the national experience.


Thursday, April 26
Tom Kimmerer, Venerable Trees: History, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass
Featuring more than one hundred color photographs, this beautifully illustrated book presents a natural history and offers guidelines for conserving trees that predate European settlement.


Wednesday, May 16
Randolph Paul Runyon, The Mentelles: Mary Todd Lincoln, Henry Clay, and the Immigrant Family Who Educated Antebellum Kentucky
Runyon presents a joint biography of Augustus Waldemar and Charlotte Victoire Mentelle, refugees from France who settled in Lexington, Kentucky in 1798 and opened a school that attracted students including future first lady, Mary Todd.


Monday, June 25
Robert G. Lawson, Who Killed Betty Gail Brown? Murder, Mistrial, and Mystery
Lawson, a defense attorney for the only person ever charged with the crime, recounts the famous cold case of nineteen-year-old Transylvania University student Betty Gail Brown, who on October 27, 1961, was found in her car on campus strangled to death with her own brassiere.


Monday, July 23
Deirdre Scaggs, The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today's Cook
More than one hundred dishes from nineteenth- and twentieth-century Kentucky cooks collected from handwritten books, diaries, scrapbook clippings, and out-of-print cookbooks from the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections are provided in this book.


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.