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Honoring a Legacy
Harlan Hubbard inducted into
By Don Ward
(February 2016) LEXINGTON, Ky. – The late Harlan Hubbard of Trimble County, Ky., was inducted into the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning’s Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame on Jan. 28 in Lexington, Ky., during a one-hour program that attracted more than 200 people. Hubbard joined four other inductees, including one living writer, Kentucky novelist Bobbie Ann Mason, in this fourth annual event. The other deceased inductees were writers James Lane Allen, Alice Hegan Rice and singer-songwriter Jean Ritchie.
The Hall was established in 2012 and includes 19 previous inductees, all deceased writers except for Henry County author Wendell Berry. During the January program, Kentucky author Ed McClanahan read an excerpt from Allen’s work. University of Kentucky English professor Gurney Norman read an excerpt from Hubbard’s book, “Shantyboat.” Kentucky poet laureate George Ella Lyon read an excerpt from Rice’s work. And three of Ritchie’s nieces performed a song written by their late aunt. Mason also spoke and stayed afterward for a book signing.
The program was filmed by Kentucky Educational Television for an upcoming segment on “Kentucky Life.”