One Book – One Lens

Join the One Book Read Photography Competition

Paducah School of Art & Design (PSAD) recently announced its annual One Book Read Photo Contest and the community is encouraged to participate. The contest is part of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) 2017-18 One Book Read. This annual program invites students from the area, college and school faculty, and the general public to all read the same novel.

This year’s chosen book is The Age of Miracles, written by New York Times bestselling author Karen Thompson Walker. Her visit to the WKCTC campus will be part of two days of public programs associated with the One Book Read on March 13–14.

The photo competition and subsequent exhibition are community-related One Book Read activities. Readers are encouraged to create works of art that relate to Walker’s book The Age of Miracles.

Photographers might simulate a scene from the book, or create an image or portrait study that speaks to the challenges in the book. This doomsday tale reads as if it had been inspired by the classic tale from American author and screenwriter Ray Bradbury - sprinkled with some extra “Twilight Zone” magic dust! The contest is free to enter and open to the public.

PSAD and WKCTC’s Clemens Fine Arts Center are sponsoring the contest that will feature cash awards for first, second and third place winners. The winners will be announced during Walker’s opening reception March 13 and take home $100, $75 and $50 respectively.

“We welcome photographers of all skill levels to enter the contest, and hope to see both traditional and nontraditional photo entries,” said Paul Aho, PSAD Dean. “We encourage everyone to start developing ideas for their photos now.”

Works will be accepted February 27-28 at the Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery located on the WKCTC campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11am - 4pm.

An exhibition of all submitted works will open in the Clemens Gallery March 8. Entry forms, contest details, loan agreement and One Book information are available at

For more information about other One Book events, visit

Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker was born and raised in San Diego, California, where The Age of Miracles is set. She studied English and creative writing at University of California Los Angeles, where she wrote for the UCLA paper, the Daily Bruin. After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Diego area before moving to New York City to attend Columbia University where she studied for a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. 

A former book editor at the publishing house Simon & Schuster, she wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work - sometimes while riding the subway. She received the 2011 Sirenland Fellowship as well as a Bomb Magazine fiction prize. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband.

One Book Read

The One Book Read project, which began at WKCTC in 2008, is a community effort to encourage reading across various groups of people in hopes of helping to eliminate illiteracy in our region. The project encourages the community, area school districts, and colleges to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings.

One Book partners join together to plan various events and activities related to the book within the community. The culmination of the One Book project is the author’s visit to West Kentucky Community and Technical College for special presentations about the book, writing, and the importance of reading.