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Local author to sign books at fair

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By The Staff

Taylorsville author Thomas Shelby Watson will be signing his book, Confederate Guerrilla Sue Mundy, at the 27th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the downtown Frankfort Convention Center.

The 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Book Fair is free and will feature more than 200 authors, artists and illustrators.

Watson, a historian, was a writer for the Associated Press for 35 years.

This year’s Book Fair lineup includes University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino who has led three different teams to Final Fours including University of Kentucky, 1996 NCAA champion.

Other featured authors include Roger Mudd, an icon of CBS; Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg, who returns to sign the third of his homespun trilogy about growing up in the South; Missy Jenkins, a survivor of the Paducah high school shooting; James Reston Jr., Bobbie Ann Mason, Ed McClanahan, Silas House, Frank X Walker, George Ella Lyon, Len Press, David Dick and Sue Wylie.

Abraham Lincoln is this year’s theme, which is a prelude to the bicentennial of his birth coming up early next year. Several Lincoln books will be available, including the bestseller by James Swanson about the hunt for Lincoln’s killer.

The Book Fair is Kentucky’s premier literary event and one of the largest and oldest of its kind in the nation. It is sponsored by The State Journal, Frankfort’s daily newspaper, and co-sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and the University Press of Kentucky.

In its 27-year history, the Book Fair has sold more than $2.4 million in books. The profits are donated to mostly school and public libraries in Kentucky. Those contributions total more than $300,000.