Author Kim Michele Richardson opens the Kentucky Women’s Book Festival. | Photo by Andrew Eccles

From bourbon cocktails to love poems, the genres featured at the 11th annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival run the gamut. Sponsored by and hosted at the University of Louisville, the free event showcases top Kentucky authors on Saturday.

Opening speaker Kim Michele Richardson will discuss the stories behind her bestselling memoir “The Unbreakable Child” as well as novels “Liar’s Bench” and “GodPretty in the Tobacco Field” at 10:05 a.m., followed by a slew of Kentucky authors, including poet Tajuana “T.J.” Butler-Jackson, food writers Ronni Lundy and Susan Reigler, businesswoman Nana Lampton and children’s author Marie Bradby, among others.

(A full schedule can be found online.)

Also worth a mention, during the closing reception at 4 p.m., attendees will have a chance to sample cocktails made specifically from Reigler’s newest book, “More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails.”

The Kentucky Women’s Book Festival takes place from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, at the Ekstrom Library, 2301 S. Third St. Festival sessions and presentations are free, except for an optional lunch.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle ( She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."