Sue Grafton

“I” may stand for “innocent” in Sue Grafton’s world, but here in the Commonwealth, it stands for “inductee.” Grafton ’61 and five other authors were recently inducted into The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, a group that seeks to promote the rich culture of our state through its relationship to literature.

Grafton was born and raised in Louisville and earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UofL in 1961. She is most known for her alphabet series of mystery novels featuring private detective Kinsey Millhone.

After a battle with cancer, Grafton passed away in 2017 before completing her series. “Y is for Yesterday” was the last book Grafton wrote. 

The 2019 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held in January. 

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