The Lexington Public Library's fifth annual A Night of Literary Feasts fund-raiser on Friday will put attendees face to face with eight authors. Limited tickets are available.
The authors, who will attend a reception at the Central Library and then dinners across the city, are:
■ Iranian-American journalist Hooman Majd, grandson of an ayatollah and author of The Ayatollahs' Democracy. Hosted by Meg Jewett and Alan Leavitt at Walnut Hall on Newtown Pike.
■ Writer and feminist Sallie Bingham, who was raised in Louisville but now lives in Santa Fe, N.M. She is author of Mending. Dinner will be hosted by Linda Roach and Selma Owens at Bittersweet Farm on Paris Pike.
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■ Lexington author Kim Edwards, who wrote the literary hit The Memory Keeper's Daughter and more recently The Lake of Dreams. Hosted by Denise and Paul Nierzwicki and Buzz Carmichael at 515 West Main Street.
■ Lexington author Cynthia Ellingsen, who wrote The Whole Package. Hosted by Amy Carrington, Elizabeth Deener, Margaret Ridley and Stephanie Spires at Gallery B on West Main Street.
■ Lexington native and Northern Kentucky resident Maggie Green, author of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook. Hosted by Rob and Molly Lewis on Old Park Avenue. Dinner will include a cooking demonstration.
■ Lexington historian David King, author of Death in the City of Light. Hosted by Debbie and Larry Jones at the Lexington Club on Esplanade.
■ Central Kentucky writer Bobbie Ann Mason, author of The Girl in the Blue Beret. Hosted by Sue Ann Truitt at L.V. Harkness & Co. on West Short Street.
■ UK graduate James C. Nicholson, author of The Kentucky Derby. Hosted by Adrian and Whitney Mendiondo and Wells Bullard at West Sixth Brewing Co. on West Sixth Street. Event includes a private tour of Keeneland before the reception.
The reception is 6 to 7:30 p.m., and dinners begin at 8 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Lexington Public Library.
In addition to the meals, the authors will sign books and have coffee with guests Saturday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. That event is free.