Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong, author of Buddha (Penguin Classics), is considered to be one of the leading religious thinkers of our era. Her appearance at Kentucky Author Forum also served as a kickoff event for the Center for Interfaith Relations’ annual Festival of…

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s highly acclaimed body of work includes poetry, short fiction, novels, children’s books, nonfiction, and radio and television scripts. Her writing is widely recognized for addressing the human condition, feminist concerns, the dark side of human behavior, and political…

Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is a leading scholar of American foreign policy. An expert on transatlantic relationships and diplomacy, he focuses on changes over the past 50 years and their ramifications for the…

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Noted scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. continues to break ground exploring the evolution of African-American society in America. His new book America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans(Warner) compiles 30 thought-provoking essays on the Black experience in this…

Madeleine Albright

Dr. Madeleine Albright takes us behind-the-scenes of her fascinating career and life in her new memoir, Madam Secretary. Her story begins with her childhood as a Czechoslovak refugee, her family first fleeing Hitler, then the Communists. Arriving in the United…

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will discuss her new book The Majesty of the Law (Random) as guest of the Kentucky Author Forum May 14, 2003, in Louisville. The first woman to be…

Arthur Levitt

“During my lifetime, the small investor has never had a better friend than the former SEC Chairman, Arthur Levitt. His goal was unwavering: to have markets that served the interests of investors, both large and small.” — Warren Buffett Arthur…

Garrison Keillor

On November 13, 2002, Kentucky Author Forum presented a solo guest, an author with no need of an interviewer: Garrison Keillor, humorist and celebrated host of America’s most popular radio shows, “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Writer’s Almanac”. Mr….

Strobe Talbott

Strobe Talbott, President Bill Clinton’s architect for Russia policy and deputy secretary of state from 1994 to 2001, had an insider’s view of U.S.-Russian diplomatic relations and the tumultuous Yeltsin era. Talbott is the author of The Russia Hand: A…

Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is one of the jazz world’s most renowned trumpeters. He is the winner of eight Grammy Awards for classical and jazz compositions, and has authored the book jazz in the bittersweet blues of life (Da Capo, written with…

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

Vernon Jordan, Jr., one of the major civil rights figures in American history and a presidential advisor, is also the author of Vernon Can Read! A Memoir (Public Affairs, written with Annette Gordon-Reed). His memoir covers the life story of…

David Hockney

Legendary artist and author David Hockney discussed his book Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters (Penguin Putnam) at Kentucky Author Forum on December 4, 2001. One of the most critically acclaimed contemporary artists, Hockney’s innovative work…

General Wesley K. Clark

General Wesley K. Clark (Ret) served as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) from July 1997 until May 2000. In March of 1999, Clark served simultaneously as the commander in charge of Operation Allied Force, charged with the difficult military…

James McBride

James McBride, journalist and jazz musician, will be guest of the Kentucky Author Forum on April 25, 2001 in Louisville. McBride will discuss his book The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother(Riverhead/Putnam). McBride’s book retraces…

Dr. David Kessler

Dr. David Kessler, the head of the Food and Drug Administration who gave American’s stricter food labeling and who battled big tobacco over regulation and cover-ups, will be guest of the Kentucky Author Forum on April 2, 2001 in Louisville….