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Why Am I Interested In Kentucky Authors?

I was born in Kentucky and the more aged I become, the more of a Kentuckian I become.  That's the best that I can explain it.

As a teenager, I met my first Kentucky author through the writings of Jesse Stuart, reading many of his stories. I also laughed at the humor of Joe Creason's zany blurbs.  I was introduced to Thomas Clark's historical writings while at the University of Kentucky.

Time passed, life changed and my interests changed.

Then, one evening in the spring of 2017, while reading a magazine, my interest in Kentucky authors was re-ignited.

At that time, I subscribed to and read The Kentucky Explorer magazine, edited by Charles Hayes, Jr.   It was a short article in this magazine which rekindled an interest in me to read books by Kentucky authors.

The article recommended books by the Kentucky writers of James Allen, John Fox, Jr. and George M. Martin (Mrs. Atwood R. Martin).

I bought and read a book from each of these three authors and each was a good book.  It whetted my appetite to read from other Kentucky authors.   


But, which authors?  I scarcely had time to ponder this question when the answer appeared before me - literally.


I came across a book in a peddler’s mall in Frankfort which contained the answer to my question. The book is A Bibliography and Collector’s Guide of Kentucky Authors and Their Books by Larry L. Arnett (2005, Kentucke Publishing Company), which I now call The Guide.

My next move was to purchase The Kentucky Anthology: Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State by Wade Hall (2005, The University Press of Kentucky) which I now call The Anthology.

With The Guide in one hand and the The Anthology in the other, I had, at last, a roadmap into the universe of Kentucky authors and their books!


(Read about who I am here.)

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