In honor of Kentucky Writers' Day, the HerKentucky team put together a few thoughts about our favorite Kentucky writers.
I love Bobbie Ann Mason
for her storytelling. I love Barbara Kingsolver
for the rich imagery in so many of her books. Prodigal Summer
is one of my all-time favorite books, but The Poisonwood Bible
was the one that really drew me in to her canon. I also love Wendell Berry
for both his fiction and his activism. I respect that he fights for what he believes in. (Most of which I also happen to believe in, so that helps!)
Also, as a reader and unashamed lover of romance novels, I have to give a shout out to Jude Deveraux
who is hugely successful in her field and is from Fairdale. She's been on the New York Times Best-Seller list with 36 different books. Last summer, I set out to read every one of her books that follow the Montgomery/Taggert families and loved it!
Oh, I forgot to add an up-and-comer in young adult fiction named Tammy Blackwell
. She has a trilogy of YA paranormal fiction that features a great strong female character. She's a librarian in Marshall County.
I know other states might have more Presidents or celebrities but I have to say that Kentucky has done a fantastic job of producing writers. When I get comfortable calling myself a writer, then I'll be so honored to be included in this group. Here are my top five:
1. Wendell Berry
Others have captured his genius much better than I can. All I can say is if I ever met him I'm pretty sure I would go full-scale Wayne's World "I'm not worthy!"
4. Molly Harper
She's from Paducah (and in my book club!). Molly Harper writes about vampires...and librarians. Need I say more?
|Hunter S. Thompson, by Annie Leibovitz|
I have to agree with Cristina; Dr. Thompson's piece about the Derby is on my short list for the greatest configuration of words ever set to paper. As I've said before
, I find his sports writing
to be the greatest and most underreported of his works.
A few years ago, I had the good fortune to interview
a Western Kentucky-born writer named Holly Goddard Jones
. She was charming and down-to-earth, and her short stories captured rural Kentucky life without pathos or exploitation (a rare gift in a young author.) Holly hasn't quite made my "favorite Kentucky writers" list yet, but I certainly think she's one to watch...
Who are your favorite Kentucky Writers?