University of Kentucky Special Collections was invited to participate in the Lexington Carnegie Center celebration of Kentucky Authors, Editors, & Publishers, featuring 2013 Kentucky Poet Laureate, Frank X Walker. The event was held April 27, 2013, 6-9 pm.Gail Kennedy, Arts and Outreach Librarian, organized the library book display in recognition of the six inaugural inductees to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame: Harriette Arnow, William Wells Brown, Harry Caudill, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, James Still, and Robert Penn Warren.
“The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame was created to recognize Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of our commonwealth, and to educate Kentuckians about our state’s rich literary heritage.” - - [Lexington Carnegie Center website]Each of the authors, except William Wells Brown, has an archival collection in Special. [No collection exists for William Wells Brown in any institution at this time.] Also housed in Special are the books written by each of the authors, including first editions. The display of books was very well received and appreciated by those attending the event.
The other library participants were Jim Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books; Ruth Bryan, Director of Archives; Reinette Jones, Oral History Librarian and African American Studies Academic Liaison.
Story by Reinette Jones; Photo by Ruth Bryan