Kentucky Women's Book Festival

May 18, 2013, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville

The UofL Women's Center will present the seventh annual Kentucky Women's Book Festival, Saturday, May 18 (the 3rd Saturday in May) at  Ekstrom Library. This event brings together Kentucky women writers and their readers.

Judith C. Owens-Lalude will open the festival with a talk on the Underground Railroad. The author drew inspiration for her novel, “The Long Walk: Slavery to Freedom,” from stories she heard about her enslaved great-grandfather and his mother, travel to her husband’s native Nigeria and books by men who had been slaves in the same Kentucky counties as her family.

Other speakers include:

  • Kristen Gentry, assistant professor of creative writing at SUNY Geneseo
  • Nora Rose “Rosie” Moosnick, author of “Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky”
  • Judi Jennings, researcher and writer
  • Bianca Spriggs, Affrilachian and performance poet who will give the luncheon keynote
  • Sarah Garland, education journalist and author of "Divided We Fail: The Story of an African American Community That Ended the Era of School Desegregation"
  • Erin Keane, Sheri L. Wright and Amy Tudor, who will give a poetry reading


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. People who do not want to eat lunch can attend for free.

This year, one lucky festival attendee will win a $100 gift certificate from Carmichael's Bookstore!