A Kentucky sportswriter will be returning to his home county for a book signing for his newly-released paperback at the Pulaski County Public Library this weekend. The Somerset event will take place on Saturday morning, March 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
Jamie H. Vaught -- a native of Science Hill, Ky., who now lives in Middlesboro -- will sign his new 256-page paperback, titled Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey. This is Vaught’s first book in 16 years after writing four books about UK hoops during the 1990s and 2000s.
Like his previous books, the new volume features interesting profiles of individuals -- mostly former players and student managers -- who have strong ties with the Wildcat men’s program. Coach John Calipari, broadcaster Dick Vitale and LSU coaching legend Dale Brown are featured, as well.
Wrote Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network and ESPN on the back cover of the book, “This is an absolutely wonderful book and a must read for any Kentucky fan. Jamie Vaught displays in Chasing the Cats a brilliant insight to UK basketball and a beautiful writing style sure to please basketball fans everywhere. I don’t remember a book I have enjoyed more. Just a rich and riveting read.”
Like Finebaum, UK personalities Mike Pratt and Matt Jones also wrote blurbs for the book.
A longtime credentialed sports columnist in Kentucky, Vaught is also a professor at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Middlesboro where he has taught since 1991. The Somerset High School graduate has two degrees from UK -- B.S. in Accounting and Masters of Business of Administration (MBA).
Vaught, who recently held book signings in Middlesboro and Lexington, has two more signings scheduled in Lexington later this month.
On Saturday, March 21, he will sign at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Hamburg Pavilion from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Also, on the same date, he tentatively is scheduled to sign at Joseph-Beth Booksellers from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Additional signings are also expected in Louisville and northern Kentucky soon.
The new book is published by Acclaim Press, which is based in Missouri.