On April 16 at 6 p.m., the Keeneland Library and the University of Kentucky Department of History present Bourbon, Brothels and the Kentucky Derby: A Kentucky Story by Maryjean Wall and The Nostalgic Origins of the Kentucky Derby by Jamie Nicholson. Wall and Nicholson will discuss their research and discoveries for their recent books with a reception and book signing to follow.
The University Press of Kentucky published the books by Nicholson and Wall, who are acclaimed authors and adjunct faculty members at UK. Copies of Nicholson’s second book, Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry, will be available for purchase. Wall’s latest book, Belle Brezing, about the famous Lexington madam, is due to be released in the fall.
Wall spent 41 years as an equine journalist, most notably with the Lexington Herald-Leader, covering Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing. She was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, and is a three-time winner of the Eclipse Award for writing in Thoroughbred racing and the John Hervey Award for writing in harness racing.
Nicholson is a native of Lexington who grew up on a local horse farm and attended UK. He is a practicing lawyer who has written two books about the Thoroughbred industry and is a part-time history instructor at UK.