Book lovers from all over the state crowded the Farnham Dudgeon Civic Center to meet authors and fill plastic bags with their favorite titles at Saturday's Kentucky Book Fair.
Some came with lists and determination while others wandered and curiously eyed the selections. There were grade-school kids and seniors. All were bound by their affection for the printed word.
Sharon Young from Lexington said she was fascinated by the authors. "I like the face-to-face interaction," she said. "I also need Christmas presents."
Young was looking for books on Appalachia and her husband, Gary, was excited about Civil War history. She grew up with one of the authors, Paul Brett Johnson and was looking forward to seeing him.
Katherine Flowers of Paducah also knew one of the authors, her brother-in-law Barron White.
This was her first year at the fair. "I have been intrigued," she said. "Everyone is so down-to-earth, like family. It is a typical Kentucky atmosphere. I like it well enough that I would come on my own next year."
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