APL Book Fest

Looking for the perfect Christmas present or something great to read? The Anderson Public Library will be hosting its first Book Fest with over 30 authors from around Kentucky, with many of them from Anderson County.  Get a chance to talk with the authors, purchase a book, or get a copy autographed.

October 19th from 10am - 2pm

Lawrenceburg Authors

Ann H Gabhart

ANN H. GABHART, bestselling author of over thirty novels, writes stories using Kentucky history and locations. She’s written about Shakers, small town family life, and mystery (as A.H. Gabhart). She and her husband enjoy country life on an Anderson County farm in Kentucky. For more about Ann and her books, visit www.annhgabhart.com.

David Kirkpatrick

David Kirkpatrick currently serves as the Genealogy/Reference Librarian at Mercer County Public Library and has spent more than a decade working as an archivist for the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives where he handled the state’s history every day. He has a BA in history from the University of Louisville and an MA in history from Western Kentucky University. He also written and currently writing articles and book reviews.

Jennifer & Daniel Frazier

Jennifer and Daniel Frazier are a wife/husband writing team completing their first novel in 2019, a middle-grade fantasy entitled Princess Rose and the Quest of the Golden Gown. Jennifer is the State Law Librarian of Kentucky and has written historical and legal articles and was featured on an episode of NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" Daniel's past writing experience consists of film scripts, articles on WhatCulture.com, and a recurring column on ComicBookNews.com.

Children's Author

Karen M Cox

Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of five novels accented with history and romance, a novella, and several short stories. Karen was born in Everett WA, the daughter of a United States Air Force Officer. She had a nomadic childhood, with stints in North Dakota, Tennessee, and New York State before settling in her family’s home state of Kentucky at age eleven. She lives in a quiet town with her husband and works as a pediatric speech pathologist.

Sallie Showalter

Sallie Showalter's family roots go deep in Anderson County. She is a writer and editor who has worked in higher education, state government, and industry and technology. After publishing her dad's journal about his days on Salt River in Anderson County, she completed a novel about her maternal grandfather. Sallie and her husband, Rick, live in Scott County.

Dr Don Giles

Dr. Don Giles' spiritual path began at the age of 14 when he began an intense seven year apprenticeship with a Native American Indian Shaman. He went on to study the wisdom and meditation techniques of various spiritual masters at Naropa Institute and elsewhere, received Dharma transmission and Inka Shomei, and was bestowed the title Venerable Roshi. He spent time studying to become a Catholic Priest in addition to the time he spent under Master Lo Han, Tzu, the Taoist adept from which he learned the essence of Taoist Movement Meditation. Dr. Giles earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Kentucky and is a Professor of Philosophy and World Religions.

Samuel Larrabee

Samuel Larrabee is a self published author from Lawrenceburg Kentucky. He has enjoyed writing his entire life and publishing his first book at the age of 17 was the fulfillment of a life long dream. He currently attends college at Northern Kentucky University.

Young Adult Author

Carolyn Bond

Carolyn Bond, an 8th generation Kentuckian, is a writer of stories that tickle the imagination and inspire hope. Inspired by daydreams as a child of being invisible, space travel, and living at the bottom of the sea, her work weaves real life and stories of 'what if?" What if there is so much more to life than meets the eye? With a deep faith that all life is part of God's plan, nothing is impossible. Carolyn attended the 2017 Kentucky Book Fair by special invitation for her book Bluegrass Blush. Bluegrass Blush is a historical fiction romance set in 1888 Versailles, KY and explores a hidden social issue that affected thousands and was never talked about. She was invited to the 2018 KY Book Fair for the sequel, Steam Over Stephensport.

Joan E Markwell

The book “Softening the Grief” represents the voices of bereaved mothers. Joan E Markwell and her 3 co authors equip you to better love, understand and help the grieving find their way after the loss of the most precious gift-their children. It is also a hand holding read for all bereaved mothers. Joan E has written articles for magazines and newspapers across the US including the New York Daily Times and Readers Digest. Radio interviews have been across the US. She resides in Lawrenceburg.

Local Authors

Evelyn Christensen

Evelyn Christensen specializes in books that make education fun! A former teacher, she has spent her career creating resources to help kids enjoy learning. More than forty of her educational puzzle books have been published.

Lexington, KY, Children's Author

Richard H Underwood

Richard H. Underwood, American legal scholar and legal nonfiction and true crime writer, is the Edward T. Breathitt Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He is a member of The Authors Guild.

- Lexington, KY

Connie M Huddleston

Connie M. Huddleston loved history and dreamed of writing a book even as a child. She graduated from Anderson County High School and the University of Kentucky before becoming an Army wife, a mother, an elementary school teacher, an archaeologist, and an historic preservation consultant - all before publishing her first book!

- Crab Orchard, KY, Young Adult/Children's Author

Doris Settles

Doris Settles is interested in many things, but common threads through all her endeavors are communication and history. Author of three books, Settles values clarity and validity in writing.

- Lexington, KY

Don J Dampier

DON J DAMPIER, debuted with Finding the Fifties (2005), celebrating small town, small schools Americana, featuring Don’s original hometown of Carlisle, Kentucky & CHS ’55 “Musketeers” classmates. Don’s conversational “story telling” books are always filled with history, culture, and humor, sometimes with some whimsy.

- Georgetown, KY

Stephen M Vest

Stephen M. Vest is the editor and publisher of Kentucky Monthly Magazine, which won the Governor Award in the Arts (Media) in 2005. Vest, and fellow journalist Michael Embry, founded Kentucky Monthly in 1998 and today it has more than 100,000 readers.

- Frankfort, KY

Gene Burch

Gene has been an avid photographer for over 40 years. His photography is prominent in several coffee table books: A Walking Tour of Historic Frankfort; A Photographic Journey; Frankfort Cemetery, the Westminster Abbey of Kentucky; and Frankfort, Yesterday and Today.

- Frankfort, KY

Maria Johnson

Maria Johnson is the author of the book Dear Miesha. She was born and raised in Lexington, Ky. She works full time in a Mental Health hospital and is a mother to six children.

- Lexington, KY

Shannon McRoberts

Shannon McRoberts writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy books while living in the rolling hills of Kentucky. When she's not busy with taking care of her family, binge watching Netflix, or making fantasy art, she is at her computer weaving myths and magic featuring women of grit and steel.

- Frankfort, KY

Sherry Robinson

Sherry Robinson is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and the author of two novels. She holds an MA from Eastern Kentucky University and a PhD from the University of Kentucky, both in English. She is currently an MFA candidate at EKU, where she is also Vice Provost.

- Richmond, KY

Steve Demaree

Steve is the author of twenty-nine books, sixteen of them a cozy mystery series. The others are four stand-alone mysteries, an autobiography, a Christian daily devotional book, a book of inspirational short stories, and a humorous series about people who live on the same street.

- Lexington, KY

Russ Hatter

Hatter had a 40 year career at WFKY radio in Frankfort. He retired in 2001 and became Frankfort City Historian at the Capital City Museum, 325 Ann Street.

- Frankfort, KY

Erin Chandler

Erin Chandler holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and both BA and Masters in Theatre from University of Kentucky. Her celebrated memoir, June Bug Versus Hurricane was published in 2018. The original play of the same name was produced at the Lost Studio in Los Angeles in 2009. She has a weekly column in the Woodford Sun and a second novel in the works.

- Versailles, KY

Kentucky Authors

Leah Pugh

An avid reader, Leah started writing stories at a young age. After publishing a few short stories and an article, she had her first novel, The Diamond Caper, published. The first story in the Crystal O'Mally mystery series was followed by the sequel, Anything But A Diamond.

- Louisville, KY

Erv Klein

Erv Klein transitioned from business writing to fiction about five years ago. He has written numerous short stories, but prefers writing books.

- Louisville, KY

Michele Hinton

Writing is a passion. Michele is a multi-genre author and writes what her imagination prompts her to write. She is a widow and her books are the children of her imagination. It's said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste - but so is a good story.

- Bowling Green, KY, Children's Author

Dave Creek

Dave Creek is the author of the novels CHANDA'S AWAKENING and SOME DISTANT SHORE, novellas TRANQUILITY and THE SILENT SENTINELS, and short story collections A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR and THE HUMAN EQUATIONS.

- Louisville, KY

Lynn Tincher

Lynn was born just outside of Louisville, Kentucky in the beautiful city of La Grange. One of her fondest memories of growing up was when a short story she wrote for an English class was read in front of the students at Oldham County High School. Since then, her love for writing blossomed.

- Shepherdsville, KY

Teri Polen

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. Sarah, her debut novel, was named a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

- Bowling Green, KY, Young Adult Author

Noel Barton

Noel Barton spent her teen years in the Bootheel of Missouri. She is a mother, grandmother, widowed (twice), best friend to her little dog Zacchaeus and a retired travel counselor. Being a devout Christian, she credits God for her writing ability and is very active in her church and its activities.

- Bowling Green, KY, Young Adult Author

Bertena Varney

Bertena Varney is a sociology professor at SKYCTC and she is a meditation teacher, yoga student, reiki master, and life path coach who owns a New You Self Care Services in Bowling Green. She loves helping people find the best in them.

- Bowling Green, KY

Sherry Howard

During her career in education, Sherry was an award-winning educator, serving as teacher, consultant, and principal in one of the largest urban-suburban school districts in the US. Sherry is the author of the picture book ROCK AND ROLL WOODS, with a starred Kirkus review.

- Middletown, KY, Children's Author

Kimberly Bartley

Featured on Christian Family Radio and WBKO’s Midday, Kimberly Bartley is a Kentucky author whose inspiration is born of her faith. Her fourth novel, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, is a locally set, heartwarming Christian story demonstrates God’s faithfulness and guidance throughout life’s journey.

- Tompkinsville, KY

Troy Mitchell Scott

Troy Mitchell Scott is Christian single parent of a 21-year old daughter. Author of the young adult science fiction novel “A Storm on Mars” and is the former sports writer and editor for the Record Herald, Greensburg, Ky.

- Campbellsville, KY, Young Adult Author

Amanda Salmon

Amanda Salmon is a young adult fantasy author. She loves magic and the supernatural. She has even been ghost hunting. Fortunately, she never encountered a real specter, because unlike her characters she is not gifted with magical abilities.

- McKee, KY, Young Adult Author

Sandi Keaton-Wilson

Sandi Keaton-Wilson, a writer of prose, poetry, plays and performance pieces lives and writes in Somerset, Ky. Her work has appeared in national publications and off Broadway in NYC. Her book, NO SHROUD Of SILENCE is a collection of some of her published and new work.

- Somerset, KY