LouisvilleKY’s GonzoFest is moving to the Main Library

LOUISVILLE, KY (January 23, 2017) – On Saturday, April 15, 2017 GonzoFest Louisville will celebrate the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson, creator of Gonzo journalism, at the Main branch of Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL), located at 301 York Street.

The Louisville Free Public Library is the largest library system in Kentucky, comprised of 18 branch locations serving more than 3 million visitors per year. From eBooks to author visits, storytimes to streaming music, the library continues to engage the community in new and exciting ways through innovative programs and services. Moving to the Main Library was a natural move for GonzoFest Louisville. “From an early age Hunter developed a love of literature and writing and was known for organizing groups to come to the library to share his love of reading.  That love would lead him to worldwide fame for developing Gonzo journalism and inspiring a generation of writers,” says Jim Blanton, Library Director.

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“LFPL is excited and honored to become the new home for GonzoFest!  The Library figured prominently in Hunter S. Thompson’s early life. His mother Virginia Thompson was a librarian at the Main Library and that connection certainly had an impact.” There is no better place to celebrate that mark than the place where it all began – the Louisville Free Public Library,” states Blanton.

The 2017 literary contest entries must be unpublished nonfiction, based on the author’s original reporting, observations or insights, between 1,000 and 3,000 words. All literary entries must be submitted as word files, double-spaced, and as an attachment to an email sent to gonzoliterarycontest@gmail.com. There is no set theme for the 2017 art contest, but should strive to capture the essence and spirit go Hunter S. Thompson. Art entries must be submitted via mail to 4016 Summer Place, New Albany, IN, 47150.  Both 2017 literary and art entries are due by 11:59pm EDT on March, 24, 2017. Additional information, including specific details about the 2017 literary and art contests, sponsorship, volunteer opportunities, and vendor applications can be found by visiting www.GonzoFestLou.com.

The 2017 GonzoFest Louisville celebration is from noon until 8:00PM. The festival will take place both on the exterior grounds of the downtown branch and inside the library. Stay tuned for details to come about this year’s musical lineup! For the latest news about GonzoFest Louisville fans can visit GonzoFest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


GonzoFest Louisville is a festival honoring the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson and the lasting mark he made on literature, journalism, art, and music. Through spoken word, poetry, music, and art GonzoFest Louisville celebrates the life and times of Hunter S. Thompson in his hometown of Louisville, KY. 2017 will mark the seventh year of the festival.