Lexington writer wins Kentucky Literary Award

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A writer and University of Kentucky history teacher has won this year's Kentucky Literary Award for his first book, which looks at how the race has weathered cultural changes of nearly 140 years.

James Nicholson is author of "The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event." The book was published last year by the University Press of Kentucky.

The award was announced last week before the Southern Kentucky Book Fest in Bowling Green.

Nicholson is a Lexington native who earned bachelor's, master's, J.D. and Ph.D. degrees at UK. Besides writing and teaching, he practices law and plays in a rock band.

He grew up on Jonabell horse farm, which was founded by his grandfather, John A. Bell III, in 1954.

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