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Providence KY Literary Festival Features Author of The Walking Dead Novels


This Saturday, over 20 authors gather for the First Annual Providence Literary Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the VFW in Providence, Kentucky. On Sounds Good, we speak with festival organizer and author Matthew Allan Hughes who was shocked when NY Times Best-Selling author of The Walking Dead novels Jay Bonansinga said he'd come to do a world-premiere reading of the next in the series.

Matthew Alan Hughes is a western Kentucky-based novelist, writing primarily horror fiction, and had an idea to start a festival celebrating local authors and readers. The event is free, with the exception of Jay Bonansinga's premiere reading of The Walking Dead: Descent, followed by a Q&A session, which is $10 (half of the admission goes to the local food bank). 

Other local authors include B. Neil Brown, signing his book "Stand Tough," about overcoming his struggle from a disease that made him a triple amputee and his transition from working as a firefighter. Timothy Frasier is another local horror author who has published 26 short stories in the last two years and is soon to release a novel co-written with E.L. Lorraine. 

Schedule and list of authors on The Providence Literary Festival Facebook page

Jay Bonansinga's website

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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