David Frum

David Frum, author of Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic   Wednesday, January 31, 2018 At The Kentucky Center Interviewer and ticket details to be announced.   David Frum is senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of…

Masha Gessen with Clarissa Ward

Kentucky Author Forum Presents Masha Gessen, author of The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Interviewer- Clarissa Ward, Senior International Correspondent, CNN Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and biographer of Vladimir Putin. Now she details how, in the space…

Robert Wright with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Kentucky Author Forum Presents Robert Wright, author of  Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment Interviewer – Jon Kabat-Zinn Founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the…

Thomas Friedman

THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE A FIELD GUIDE TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, WRITTEN BY ONE OF ITS MOST CELEBRATED OBSERVERS (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an…

Joseph Stiglitz in conversation with Rana Foroohar

          American economist Joseph Eugene Stiglitz is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics and the John Bates Clark Medal. Stiglitz’s work focuses on income distribution, asset risk management, corporate governance, and international trade. He…

P.J. O’ROURKE How The Hell Did This Happen: The Election of 2016 The author of such bestsellers as Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance had written for months about the election for various outlets when his publisher, Morgan…

Colson Whitehead in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald

Colson Whitehead is the author of Zone One, The Intuitionist, and John Henry Day.In his newest book, The Underground Railroad, he has created a wrenching, thrilling journey through both time and space, chronicling a young slave’s desperate bid for freedom,…

Sebastian Junger with Joe Klein

SEBASTIAN JUNGER Interviewer Joe Klein Sebastian Junger, author of War and The Perfect Storm takes readers on an investigation of how we overcome trauma and seek something bigger than ourselves. Combining history, psychology, and anthropology Tribe explores loyalty, belonging, and…

Joe Nocera in conversation with Buzz Bissinger

    Joe Nocera, long-time Business and Opinion writer for the New York Times has just added a regular Times column about the business of sports. His interest in sports, and the NCAA in particular, was sparked by a Times…

              In On My Own, a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson’s) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle…

EJ Dionne with James Fallows

    Author of Why The Right Went Wrong: Conservatism – from Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond American journalist and political commentator, E.J Dionne is a long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post. He is also a Senior Fellow in…

John Irving at the Kentucky Author Forum

JOHN IRVING November 10, 2015 at The Kentucky Center John Irving brought to us Avenue of Mysteries, the 14th novel of his prolific career. The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was his first international bestseller….

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David Boies

  David Boies is a highly distinguished American trial lawyer who has litigated some of the highest profile cases in recent history. His book, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (Penguin),  offers a dramatic and up-close account of his…

Jessye Norman

  Jessye Norman has long been acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful voices and one of the most versatile concert and operatic singers of her time. Her accolades and awards include five Grammys and thirty-eight honorary doctorates from institutions around…