Author presentations and workshops, book sales and signings and a keynote luncheon will give participants a chance to connect over their favorite pastime: reading and talking about books, Saturday, May 19, at Ekstrom Library. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the festival officially begins at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments and socializing.

Tori Murden McClure will address participants at the 10 a.m. opening session. The Spalding University president wrote “A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean,” about her quest to become the first woman to row a boat alone and without assistance across the Atlantic Ocean.

Poet Kiki Petrosino; Julie Wade, Lambda Literary Award winner; and Glynis Ridley, award-winning non-fiction author, all from UofL, will be among the session leaders. Other writers who will give sessions are:

  •  Maureen Morehead, Kentucky poet laureate
  • Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, award-winning novelist who will give the luncheon talk
  • Nancy Jensen, author of the 2011 and highly acclaimed novel, “The Sisters”
  • Sara Havens, LEO Weekly columnist
  • Sharon Receveur, archivist
  • Deanna O’Daniel, memoirist

The lunch session is the only one that requires registration and has a charge. Registration for it is required by May 15 and can be made by calling the UofL Women’s Center at 502-852-8976. The cost is $16.

The Women’s Center sponsors the event with University Libraries.