The Kentucky Book Fair netted $161,332 in sales last month, making it the largest in its 22-year-history. Sales initially were reported as $120,000 but that figure did not reflect receipts from all of the 10 cash registers in use.
The new sales total eclipsed the record of $147,000 of several years ago when the KBF was held at Kentucky State University. Last year's sales were $143,866, and they were $142,003 in 2001. The Book Fair is now held in the Farnham Dudgeon Civic Center.
Book Fair organizers noted there were fewer patrons than last year, but they bought more books - with several purchasing hundreds of dollars worth. And sales to libraries were up several thousand dollars. More hardbound books were available this year, which also figured in the higher total.
George Ella Lyon sold 234 copies of A Kentucky Christmas making her this year's best seller. Other top sellers were calendars by Gene Burch and James Archambeault, Heather French Henry, two cookbooks, A Slice of Kentucky: Sharing Our Recipes, and The Pride of Kentucky . Deborah Ford's GRITS (Girls Raised In The South) Guide to Life, Leigh Anne Florence's Woody, The Kentucky Wiener: The Adoption and Joni Gruelle's The Real-for-Sure Story of Raggedy Ann were also top sellers.
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