Arts & Culture en Kentucky Inducts Hunter S. Thompson Into Its Journalism Hall Of Fame The Kentucky Derby will be run this Saturday in Louisville. The thoroughbred horse race, now 140 years old, is one of the country’s legendary sporting events, but it also played a major role in spawning a new kind writing style, created by another Louisville product, the late Hunter S. Fri, 02 May 2014 19:04:22 +0000 editor 47475 at Kentucky Inducts Hunter S. Thompson Into Its Journalism Hall Of Fame 2014 SOKY Book Festival to Feature Nearly 150 Authors <p></p><p>An organizer of an upcoming book festival in Bowling Green says it’s becoming more of a challenge to get authors at larger publishers to appear at events for free.</p><p>Kristie Lowry is literary outreach coordinator with WKU Libraries, and an organizer with the <a href="" target="_blank">Southern Kentucky Book Festival.</a> She says book companies have cut their budgets related to book tours and marketing campaigns.</p><p>“So getting the authors to come to an event like ours for free, which would have been a little easier back in the day, is harder to do now,” Lowry told WKU Public Radio. “And Penguin and Random House have their own speaker bureaus now, so they market their authors, but you have to pay a fee in order to have them come into town.”</p><p>Lowry says another growing trend in the literary world is the rising number of self-published authors. She says many self-published writers in the southern Kentucky region, like Allison Jewell and Jennie Brown, have loyal followings and are well-received when they appear on panels at local book festivals. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:48:41 +0000 Kevin Willis 47043 at 2014 SOKY Book Festival to Feature Nearly 150 Authors Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do <em>In our</em><em> </em><em><a href="">"Weekly Innovation" blog series</a>, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share?</em><em> </em><em><a href="">Use this quick form</a>.</em><p>You know the power of a great book. It transports you, taking you into another place and time. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Elise Hu 43430 at Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do Pete Seeger, Folk Music Icon And Activist, Dies At 94 Pete Seeger, "a tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness," died Monday at the age of 94.<p>As former NPR broadcaster Paul Brown adds in <a href="" target="_blank">an appreciation he prepared for <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, Seeger's tools "were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments."<p>The songs he'll be long remembered for include "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone."<p>Paul is not just a newsman, but also Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 43008 at Pete Seeger, Folk Music Icon And Activist, Dies At 94 Rosanne Cash's Mythic Southern Road Trip Let's take a musical road trip through the American South. Think of yourself crowded into the back of the car, next to the guitar case. The driver is <a href="" target="_blank">Rosanne Cash</a>, whose new album was inspired by her Southern travels in the Mississippi Valley.<p>The album is called <em>The River & the Thread</em>. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:56:00 +0000 editor 42365 at Rosanne Cash's Mythic Southern Road Trip Photo and Video Exhibit at WKU Explores the Stories, People of Owensboro <p></p><p></p><p>A photograph and video exhibit on display at WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall is dedicated to documenting the stories of those who live in Owensboro and Daviess County.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Owensboro: An Old River City Discovers New Life</em></a> features 40 photographs and 21 video narratives. It’s the work of those who participated in the 38th annual <a href="" target="_blank">Mountain Workshops</a>, a one-week hands-on workshop led by the WKU School of Journalism and Broadcasting's photojournalism sequence.</p><p>For five days in October a group made up of both student and professional&nbsp; photojournalists made their way to Owensboro to find interesting people and stories that could be told through still and video images.</p><p>WKU Photojournalist-in-Residence Josh Meltzer, who&nbsp; helps direct the Mountain Workshops, met WKU Public Radio’s Kevin Willis at the gallery to talk about how some of the images came to life. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:47:16 +0000 Kevin Willis 40355 at Photo and Video Exhibit at WKU Explores the Stories, People of Owensboro WKU Author's Latest Book Explores Dark Family Secrets <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It's been a good couple of months for author and WKU English Professor David Bell.</p><p>He recently won the Le Prix Polar International de Cognac, a prestigious French literary award given to the best crime novel published by a non-French author, for his 2011 book <em>Cemetery Girl</em>. His most recent book, <em>Never Come Back</em>, was published in October.</p><p><em>Never Come Back</em> tells the story of Elizabeth Hampton, who--in the book's opening pages--arrives at her mother's home to find police detectives and crime scene investigators.</p><p>David Bell spoke to WKU Public Radio about the origins of his new work, and how Bowling Green and his parents have influenced his writing.</p><p><strong>Where did you come up with the idea for your new book? Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:15:04 +0000 Kevin Willis 40110 at WKU Author's Latest Book Explores Dark Family Secrets WKU's Hunley Puts Words at the "Forefront", Releases New Collection of Poems <p></p><p></p><p>Tom Hunley is out with a new collection of poems entitled <em>Scotch Tape World. </em>The associate professor of English at WKU was nice enough to stop by our studios Thursday to talk about what it’s like to get poetry published these days, why he chose poetry in the first place, and the inspiration behind <em>Scotch Tape World</em>.</p><p>Here are some excerpts from our interview:</p><p><strong><em>Scotch Tape World</em></strong><strong> was published as a chapbook. What is that, exactly? </strong></p><p>"A chapbook is a sort of intermediary step for poets between publishing poems in journals and publishing a full-length book. So they're made in smaller print runs, and sometimes they're handmade."</p><p><strong>What is it like trying to get poetry published in the year 2013? </strong></p><p>"It's pretty difficult to get full-length books printed, in particular. Usually you have to enter contests that have reading fees. There's no such thing as an agent in poetry. You're your own agent." Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:12:34 +0000 Kevin Willis 39240 at WKU's Hunley Puts Words at the "Forefront", Releases New Collection of Poems Author Michael Morris Loves to Find Eccentric People in "Small Southern Towns" <p>Michael Morris is a man with a passion for southern fiction. His latest book is called <em>Man in the Blue Moon</em>, and he is in Bowling Green Thursday promoting the new work, and speaking to different organizations around town.</p><p><em>Man in the Blue Moon </em>was the fall selection for the SOKY Reads! program, a community &quot;one book&quot; reading project in southern Kentucky.</p><p>Morris stopped by the studios of WKU Public Radio to talk about writing southern fiction, and how he got into writing late in life.</p><p>Here are some excerpts of our conversation:</p><p><strong>You&#39;re giving a writing workshop today at WKU about writing southern fiction. What&#39;s distinctive about southern fiction? What makes it stand out from other genres?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I just think the way we speak is different, obviously. That stands out. There are other aspects to the south that you don&rsquo;t find in other places in the country. A lot of it has to do with the food. You know, we plan a big celebration around our food&mdash;the Sunday dinners.&quot;</p><p>&quot;You know, William Faulker said the difference between the north and the south is that in the north the crazy relatives are hidden in the attic. In the south, we put them on the front porch and let them wave to everybody.&quot; Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:35:27 +0000 Kevin Willis 37621 at Author Michael Morris Loves to Find Eccentric People in "Small Southern Towns" Nashville Symphony Musicians Agree to Pay Cuts <p></p><p>The Nashville Symphony has reached agreement with the Nashville Musicians Association on a new one-year labor contract.</p><p>The pact reduces the pay of the musicians by 15 percent and is effective immediately.</p><p>The ratification comes after months of negotiations between the cash-strapped symphony and its performers. The pay cut is similar to that in total compensation imposed earlier upon members of the symphony administrative staff.</p><p>Violinist and union steward Laura Ross said the musicians ratified the contract because they believe their community role is important.</p><p>Symphony President &amp; CEO Alan Valentine said the organization is grateful for what he termed the musicians' "spirit of shared sacrifice." Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:41:09 +0000 Associated Press 36213 at Nashville Symphony Musicians Agree to Pay Cuts