Author presentations, book sales and signings and a luncheon will give participants a chance to connect over their favorite pastimes: reading, writing and talking about books, Saturday, May 17 at Ekstrom Library. Doors open at 9 a.m. with refreshments and socializing in the lobby. The festival ends at 3:30 p.m.

The opening speaker at 9:30 a.m. will be George Ella Lyon. She will discuss her book of poems, “Many-Storied House.” Lyon’s poems tell the story of the house that her grandfather built 68 years ago in eastern Kentucky.

Other speakers include:

  • Bobbie Ann Mason, author, “The Girl in the Blue Beret”
  • Sena Jeter Naslund, author, “The Fountain of St. James Court”
  • Leborah Goodwin and Jannene Winstead, authors, “Recipes & Recollections: A Tasteful African American History of Post-World War II Louisville”
  • Holly Goddard Jones, author, “Girl Trouble,” will read from her work during the luncheon

The festival sessions and presentations are free, except for an optional lunch.

Luncheon registration is required by May 13 and can be made by calling the UofL Women’s Center at 502-852-8976. The cost is $16.

The Women’s Center and University Libraries host the event.

Information is online at or for more information, call Phyllis Webb, 502-852-8976.

Brandy Warren
Brandy Warren is coordinator for marketing and communications in UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she manages special events and promotes UofL’s Division of Student Affairs. She previously worked at daily newspapers in Kentucky and Alabama.