Annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival brings together readers, writers


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 14th annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival will feature authors from a wide variety of genres March 7 on University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus.

    The festival’s opening speaker is Kaila Story. Story is an associate professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pan-African Studies. She holds the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She co-hosts an award-winning podcast on WFPL called “Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture and Black Gay Life.” 

    Courtney “Court” Stevens, a young adult fiction writer from Bowling Green, Kentucky, will present the luncheon keynote. Her newest book, set for release March 3, is “The June Boys.”

    Other speakers include:

    Following the festival, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., Susan Lindsey, former president of Women Who Write, a local women’s writers’ group, will present the workshop “Top Tips to Improve Your Writing.”

    The festival begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and conversation, and the opening session begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Brandeis School of Law. Festival sessions and presentations are free, but participants are asked to register here to guarantee their space. An $11 optional lunch is available for purchase by contacting the Women’s Center at 502-852-8976 or by Feb. 28.

    The Women’s Center and Brandeis School of Law host the event, which is part of the university’s observance of Women’s History Month.


    Editors: A photo of Story is attached.

    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.