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Nationally Renowned Author of Wish You Well to Visit WKCTC

David Baldacci, nationally renowned author of 19 best-selling novels will visit the Clemens Fine Arts Center at West Kentucky Community and Technical College on November 11 at 7:00 pm.

Baldacci will speak about his book, Wish You Well, which is currently being read all across the WKCTC campus and community as part of this years One Book, One Campus, One Community Read, a community effort to promote reading and literacy in our region. Baldacci will also answer questions from the audience and sign copies of Wish You Well following the presentation.

Wish You Well is the story of Louisa Mae Cardinal, a precocious twelve-year-old girl living in the hectic New York City of 1940. In a single, terrifying moment, Lous life is changed forever. Her and her brother, Oz, must be raised in the mountains of Virginia by their remarkable great-grandmother, Louisa, Lous namesake. Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a landscape that could not be more foreign to her, learning lessons in loyalty, tragedy, and redemption.

According to the Washington Post Book World, Wish You Well is realistic and readableBaldacci fans will enjoy this entertaining detour into his past. Compellingstirring, an old-fashioned coming of age story(with) plenty to savor, said People magazine.

David Baldacci reportedly receives hundreds of invitations each year to speak at a variety of events, said Kim Russell, WKCTC English coordinator and co-organizer of the community read. Were really honored and excited that our invitation was one of the very few that he chose to accept this year.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Contact Julie Moore at (270) 534-3212 or visit for tickets.
Below is the schedule of events for November 11-12.

November 11

  • 2:30 pm -- 1-hour roundtable discussion with WKCTC students in the Clemens Fine Arts Center
  • 7:00 pm -- Speech with Q amp; A session in the Clemens Fine Arts Center
  • 8:00 pm - Question amp; Answer session and book signing in the Clemens Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 for Adults; $5 for Students

November 12

  • 9:00 am --Baldacci will speak to high school students and Commonwealth Middle College students in the Clemens Fine Arts Center.

Books available

  • WKCTC bookstore (Anderson Technical Building Room 128)
  • WKCTC library (second floor of Matheson Learning Resource Center)
  • McCracken County Public Library.