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If you’re a book lover, this weekend offers plenty for you

After being the first living author inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame in January 2015, Wendell Berry, right, talked with Julie Wrinn, director of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. At left is writer Jason Howard, editor of Appalachian Heritage, a literary quarterly. Behind them, poet Bianca Spriggs.
After being the first living author inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame in January 2015, Wendell Berry, right, talked with Julie Wrinn, director of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. At left is writer Jason Howard, editor of Appalachian Heritage, a literary quarterly. Behind them, poet Bianca Spriggs. teblen@herald-leader.com

The Bluegrass State’s biggest literary event, the Kentucky Book Fair, rides again at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with a lineup including familiar Kentucky authors such as Wendell Berry, Bobbie Ann Mason and Silas House among a group of more than 180 writers from in and out of the Commonwealth. Admission and parking for the fair are free at 4089 Ironworks Pike. Visit kyhumanities.org/kentuckybookfestival.html or call 859-257-5932 for more information.

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Ellen Skidmore of Paris, Kentucky based her bench design off a children’s book she wrote about a girl with a speech impediment. Skidmore took inspiration for her book and design from her own struggle overcoming a speech impediment. Silas Walker Silas Walker

Wanna buy a really big book?

If you want to make it a completely bookish day, Saturday, you can go from the Book Fair to the Book Benches Auction, where the big book-like benches that were scattered around the streets of Lexington this summer and early fall will be auctioned off. Bidding begins promptly at 7 p.m. at The Livery, 238 East Main Street. Tickets are $106 at bookbencheslex.org.

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“Elf The Musical” comes to the Lexington Opera House for five performances Friday through Sunday. Joan Marcus

Who’s comin’ to town?

Broadway Live at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street, presents “Elf The Musical,” based on the hit 2003 Will Ferrell movie. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $65 to $120 at the Lexington Center Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 859-233-3535 or visiting lexingtonoperahouse.com.

Read more about “Elf” in Thursday’s Herald-Leader, if you still have it, or online at LexGo.com.

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Movement Continuum presents “Wild Things,” a dance adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” Nov. 16-18 at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center. Landon Antonetti

Dance like Sendak

Movement Continuum modern dance troupe closes out its eight season with a dance adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are.” “Wild Things” has performances at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street. Tickets are $20 general public, $15 students, $10 children. Visit facebook.com/movementcontinuum.

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Dustin Collins. dustincollinsmusic.com

In tune with rodeo

Bardstown’s own Dustin Collins headlines Saturday night at the two-day Rockin’ Rodeo event in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, 4089 Ironworks Pike. Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights with equine entertainer Guy McLean putting on the show Friday. Tickets are $20 a night or $30 for both nights at kyhorsepark.com.

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Fishing Creek Jewelry will be one of the exhibitors at the Berea Makers Market. Photo provided

Why wait until Black Friday?

The Berea Maker’s Market gets a jump on the thick of the holiday shopping season with more than 45 Kentucky makers at the Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 West Jefferson Street in Berea, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Offering will range from arts and crafts to treats at the event, which includes free admission and parking. Visit bereamakersmarket.com to learn more.

Sending regrets

One thing that will not be happening this weekend is Vince Gill’s Sunday night concert at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville. The concert has been postponed, and at press time, a new date has not been announced. Watch LexGo.com for updates.

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