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Southern Kentucky Book Fest

Bestselling "Outlander" novels author Diana Gabaldon is among dozens of authors and illustrators expected at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest later this month in Bowling Green.

The Book Fest is set for April 17 and 18 at Western Kentucky University's Knicely Conference Center. Planned are author presentations, panel discussions and book signings.

Several authors who will be at the main event on April 18 will present writing workshops during the Kentucky Writers Conference on April 17.

A Writers Workshop for Teens and Children's Day are also planned.

WKU Athletics

WKU softball pitcher Miranda Kramer made program history this week when she became the first Lady Topper ever drafted by a National Pro fastpitch team.

Kramer was taken 6th overall in the draft by the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

She leads the country with 13-point-8 strikeouts per seven innings and is tied for first with seven shutouts.

She’s third nationally in total strikeouts, fourth in hits allowed and tenth in Earned Run Average.

WKU has one former player in its history to play on a NPF team. Olivia Watkins, the NCAA stolen base leader last year, signed a contract with the Akron Racers in 2014.

WKU photo by Clinton Lewis

Folk Studies student Rachel Hopkin, a familiar voice to WKU Public Radio listeners, received the John D. Minton Award for outstanding graduate student Friday.  She was also named the outstanding graduate student in Potter College of Arts & Letters.  Part of her graduate work included the production of radio features about tradition culture in our region.