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Carnegie Center to Hold Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Lexington’s Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning will hold its third annual Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame Wednesday. 

The center will induct six Kentucky authors into its hall of fame, chosen from more than 200 nominees sent in by former poet laureates and the general public.  Among the inductees are gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, fiction author Guy Davenport, and for the first time, a living author, Wendell Berry.   Spokeswoman Jessical Faye Mohler says this will lead to a slightly different ceremony than previous years.  

"We’ll have five local well-known writers who are inducting, I guess you could say, the five who are deceased, and then Wendell will be giving us a short speech on Kentucky writers and what it means to be a writer in Kentucky when he is inducted," she said.

Mohler recommends that guests arrive early, as seating will be limited due to the many attending members of authors’ families.  Although this may result in many standing room attendees, she says guests will be able to hear the presentation from anywhere in the building. 

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:00 PM, with doors opening at 6:30.  Admission is free, and additional information can be found at their website.

Chase Cavanaugh first got on the air as a volunteer reader for Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a local news service for the visually impaired. He began reporting for WUKY in February 2012, after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.