Berry made his way through the room, smiling and shaking hands with colleagues and strangers alike. At 80 years old, Berry is the only living inductee into the Hall of Fame and joined the 18 other members who include authors from Kentucky’s 200 years of rich literary tradition.
“It would need a longer speech than I have for me to tell you what it means to me to be included in the company you have included me in,” Berry said.
Berry stressed the importance of Kentucky writers, the thriving culture and his worries about economic, social, cultural and institutional divisions.
“People and land cannot be destroyed or conserved except together,” Berry said.
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