Kentucky Proud Evenings
Kentucky Proud Evenings presents The Hard Side of the River: A Novel of Abolition by author Johnny Payne.

A series featuring local authors connected to Kentucky 

Hosted by the Fayette County Extension Office, Kentucky Proud Evenings is a series of monthly author talks inviting a local Kentucky author with connections to the community and Commonwealth.

Johnny Payne, author of The Hard Side of the River: A Novel of Abolition, will be our featured guest.

About the book:

In the pre-Civil War South, an escaped slave and two young abolitionists make an uneasy pact with a former slave tracker in this gritty historical novel.

In Maysville, Kentucky, 1833, thirty years before the War Between the States, schoolteacher Dana Curbstone and preacher Cal Fenton have already begun their private war on the institution of slavery. When they conspire to smuggle escaped slave Jacob Pingram across the Maysville River, Pingram’s masters dispatch retired slave tracker Dan Baskin to retrieve their human cargo and bring the abolitionists to justice.

But Baskin has his own war to wage. Pingram knows the whereabouts of another former slave, Abejide. And Baskin is determined to learn the fate of the woman he loved and lost.

Now everyone, slave and freeman alike, are hurtling toward an electric showdown on the mud-slick banks of the Maysville River from which nobody will escape unscathed.

Event registration is free and Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud food samples will be served. Registration closes on January 31st, 2024.

Learn more and register here!


  • Feb 7 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office
  • 1140 Harry Sykes Way
    Lexington, KY 40504
    United States
  • Caroline McMahan

Event Type: DEI&A


  • Feb 7 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office
  • 1140 Harry Sykes Way
    Lexington, KY 40504
    United States
  • Caroline McMahan

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