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, May 20th: Richard Taylor, Elkhorn: The Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape

Driven by topophilia (love of place), Taylor focuses on the eight-mile stretch of the creek from the Forks of the Elkhorn to Knight’s Bridge to provide a glimpse into the economic, social, and cultural transformation of Kentucky from wilderness to its current landscape. He explores both the natural history of the region and the formation of the Forks community. Taylor recounts the Elkhorn Valley’s inhabitants from the earliest surveyors and settlers to artist Paul Sawyier, who memorably documented the creek in watercolors, oils, and pastels. Interspersed with photographs and illustrations—contemporary and historic—and intermixed with short vignettes about historical figures of the region, Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape delivers a history that is by turns a vibrant and meditative personal response to the creek and its many wonders.