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Carmichael's Banned Books Book Club

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

Come join us for our first meeting of the Carmichael's banned books book club. We will be discussing Gender Queer and making selections for the coming months. The club will meet on the third Tuesday of every month (not in December) and we will also read and discuss one picture book each meeting. 

We may even give our club a catchy name, so bring your ideas. We hope to see you there.

Gender Queer: A Memoir By Maia Kobabe Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781549304002
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Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

2020 ALA Alex Award Winner
2020 Stonewall — Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award Honor Book

In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here.


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The club will meet on the third Tuesday of every month. Please join us. No registration required

Steven Conn: Lies of the Land: Seeing Rural America for What It Is--And Isn't with Stephen George of Louisville Public Media

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Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

Steven Conn is the W. E. Smith Professor of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio

Stephen George is President and CEO of Louisville Public Media. A Louisville native, he has spent most of his career in journalism.

 

"There's no such thing as rural America. Or, rather, as Steven Conn argues, "rural America" is a phrase that has been made to mean so many things that it doesn't mean anything. In fact, he maintains, rural America--so often characterized as in crisis or in danger of being left behind--has been shaped by the same major forces as the rest of the country since at least the end of the Civil War: militarization, industrialization, corporatization, and suburbanization. Conn calls for us to dispense with the fantasies and visions that are often imposed on rural America, in the hopes of more productively addressing the real challenges facing all of America"

 

The Lies of the Land: Seeing Rural America for What It Is—and Isn’t By Steven Conn Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780226826905
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 10th, 2023

A "piercing, unsentimental" (New Yorker) history that boldly challenges the idea of a rural American crisis.
 
It seems everyone has an opinion about rural America. Is it gripped in a tragic decline? Or is it on the cusp of a glorious revival? Is it the key to understanding America today?


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Join us for a thoughtful discussion between Steven Conn the W. E. Smith Professor of History at Miami University and Stephen George of Louisville Public Media

Alix E. Harrow: Starling House with Lee Mandelo

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Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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Pre-registering helps us order enough books for our guests and helps us set up the room for safety and comfort. At full capacity, we will allow pre-registrants to be seated first. No one will be turned away, but please note that seating is limited. Please contact the store ahead of time if you need assistance with mobility (more below) or other concerns - we are happy to help!

 

A gorgeously modern gothic fantasy from the New York Times bestselling author of TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY—welcome to Starling House: enter, if you dare. I dream sometimes about a house I’ve never seen….
Opal is a lot of things--orphan, high school dropout, full-time cynic and part-time cashier--but above all, she's a determined to find a better life for her younger brother Jasper. One that gets them out of Eden, Kentucky, a town remarkable for only two things:
1) a surprising amount of unexplained bad luck and natural disasters
2) the only known sightings of E. (Eleanor) Starling, a reclusive nineteenth-century author whose only published book, The Underland, was considered almost as shocking as the author’s later mysterious disappearance. But Starling left behind one other thing: the imposing house that bears her name. Everyone agrees that it’s best to ignore the uncanny mansion, and its misanthropic heir, Arthur . Almost everyone, anyway..
I should be scared, but in the dream I don’t hesitate.
Opal knows better than to mess with haunted houses or brooding men, but still can't resist a chance to see inside Starling House. So when an unexpected opportunity arises, she jumps at it. Besides, it means double the money to put towards her brother’s escape fund. But sinister forces are digging deeper into the buried secrets of Starling House, and Arthur’s own nightmares have become far too real. As Eden itself seems to be drowning in its own ghosts, Opal realizes that she might finally have found a reason to stick around.
In my dream, I’m home.
And now she’ll have to fight.

Alix E. Harrow is the Hugo Award winning author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Once and Future Witches, and various short fiction. Her Fractured Fables series, beginning with the novella A Spindle Splintered, has been praised for its refreshing twist on familiar fairy tales. A former academic and adjunct, Harrow lives in Virginia with her husband and their two semi-feral kids.

Lee Mandelo is a writer, critic, and occasional editor whose fields of interest include speculative and queer fiction, especially when the two coincide. His debut novel Summer Sons, which has been featured in NPR and the Chicago Review of Books, is a contemporary southern gothic dealing with queer masculinity, fast cars, and ugly inheritances. Aside from a stint overseas learning to speak Scouse, Mandelo has spent his life ranging across Kentucky, currently living in Louisville and pursuing a PhD at the University of Kentucky.

 

 

The link below allows you to purchase the book in advance - we will have your copy at the event to be signed whenever possible. Books will also be available for purchase on-site, or on the registration page (this incurs additional service fees). Whatever is most convenient for you, we love to get you your favorite books!

 

 

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While our store has ramp access to the right of the main entrance, the event space is more easily accessed by entering at Bayly Avenue. Please call the store when you arrive and we will be happy to welcome you via this entrance. This door is next to a loading zone for easy car access, and our parking lot reserved ADA spots are also close to this entrance.

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Starling House: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250799050
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Published: Tor Books - October 3rd, 2023

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK

“This book has everything you could possibly want this fall...a cursed town, a haunted house, a vivid & eerie setting—plus, characters willing to risk everything.” —Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club October ’23 Pick)


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Feed Them Silence By Lee Mandelo Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250824509
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Published: Tordotcom - March 14th, 2023

Lee Mandelo dives into the minds of wolves in Feed Them Silence, a novella of the near future.


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Everyone agrees that it’s best to ignore the uncanny mansion, and its misanthropic heir, Arthur. Almost everyone, anyway.

Kristen Gentry: Mama Said with Crystal Wilkinson

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Sunday, October 1, 2023 - 3:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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Pre-registering helps us order enough books for our guests and helps us set up the room for safety and comfort. At full capacity, we will allow pre-registrants to be seated first. No one will be turned away, but please note that seating is limited. Please contact the store ahead of time if you need assistance with mobility (more below) or other concerns - we are happy to help!

Original stories of Black family life in Louisville, Kentucky, for readers of Dantiel Moniz (Milk Blood Heat) and Kai Harris (What the Fireflies Knew).
“Surprising and revelatory. . . . I love this book.” —Stephanie Powell Watts, author of No One Is Coming to Save Us


The linked stories in Mama Said are set in Louisville, Kentucky, a city with a rich history steeped in tobacco, bourbon, and gambling, indulgences that can quickly become gripping and destructive vices. Set amid the tail end of the crack epidemic and the rise of the opioid crisis, Mama Said evokes Black family life in all its complexity, following JayLynn, along with her cousins Zaria and Angel, as they come of age struggling against their mothers’ drug addictions.

JayLynn heads to college intent on gaining distance from her depressed mother, only to learn that her mother’s illness has reached a terrifying peak. She fears the chaos and instability of her extended family will prove too much for her boyfriend, whose idyllic family feels worlds, not miles, apart from her own. When bats invade Zaria’s new home, she is forced to determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to be a good mother. Angel rebels on Derby night, risking her safety to connect with her absent mother and the wild ways that consumed her.

Mama Said separates from stereotypes of Black families, presenting instead the joy, humor, and love that coexist with the trauma of drug abuse within communities. Kristen Gentry’s stories showcase the wide-reaching repercussions of addiction and the ties that forever bind daughters to their mothers, flaws and all.

Kristen Gentry received her MFA from Indiana University. Her award-winning fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Jabberwock Review, and other journals. She is a VONA and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference alumna as well as a member of the inaugural Poets & Writers publicity incubator cohort for debut authors. Her passion is helping Black women and girls share their stories, the ones they’ve lived and the ones they create. She lives and writes in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, visit her website at kristengentry.com

Crystal Wilkinson, Kentucky’s Poet Laureate from 2021 to 2023, is the award-winning author of Perfect Black; The Birds of Opulence; Water Street; and Blackberries, Blackberries. She is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry, an O. Henry Prize, a USA Artists Fellowship, and an Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. She has received recognition from the Yaddo Foundation, Hedgebrook, The Hermitage Foundation, and others. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She currently teaches at the University of Kentucky in the creative writing MFA program.

The link below allows you to purchase the book in advance - we will have your copy at the event to be signed whenever possible. Books will also be available for purchase on-site, or on the registration page (this incurs additional service fees). Whatever is most convenient for you, we love to get you your favorite books!

Mobility device access info:

While our store has ramp access to the right of the main entrance, the event space is more easily accessed by entering at Bayly Avenue. Please call the store when you arrive and we will be happy to welcome you via this entrance. This door is next to a loading zone for easy car access, and our parking lot reserved ADA spots are also close to this entrance.

Mama Said: Stories By Kristen Gentry Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781952271984
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Published: West Virginia University Press - October 1st, 2023

“A celebration of Black family life that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)​
“The collection will reshape what you think about the region and the people that inhabit it.” —Debutiful

“Surprising and revelatory. . . .


Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts: Stories and Recipes from Five Generations of Black Country Cooks By Crystal Wilkinson Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593236512
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Published: Clarkson Potter - January 23rd, 2024

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A lyrical culinary journey that explores the hidden legacy of Black Appalachians, through powerful storytelling alongside nearly forty comforting recipes, from the former poet laureate of Kentucky.


Perfect Black By Crystal Wilkinson, Nikky Finney (Foreword by), Ronald W. Davis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Crystal Wilkinson, Nikky Finney (Foreword by), Ronald W. Davis (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780813151168
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - August 3rd, 2021

Crystal Wilkinson combines a deep love for her rural roots with a passion for language and storytelling in this compelling collection of poetry and prose about girlhood, racism, and political awakening, imbued with vivid imagery of growing up in Southern Appalachia.


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The linked stories in Mama Said are set in Louisville, Kentucky, a city with a rich history steeped in tobacco, bourbon, and gambling, indulgences that can quickly become gripping and destructive vices.

Meagan Lucas with Frank Bill and J. Todd Scott

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Thursday, August 24, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Here in the Dark, the first collection from award-winning author Meagan Lucas, is a gritty genre blending wallop of short stories, set mostly in Southern Appalachia, that explore the female experience of lawlessness. In the tradition of Dorothy Allison and Bonnie Jo Campbell, Lucas tackles, with unsettling honesty: poverty, addiction, motherhood, and social justice in an increasingly troubled cultural climate.  These are character-driven stories about crime, but less a who-done-it mystery and more a meditation on how the vulnerable navigate a world devoid of true justice. Unflinching in its gaze, Here in the Dark is an ambitious collection from a bold and empathetic storyteller.

Perceptive, intimate, and brave, these sixteen stories encompass shame and forgiveness, loss and redemption, oppression and revolution, and signal a new way of thinking about power and trauma. In “Voluntary Action,” a sheriff’s deputy witnesses the overdose of a high school friend in her custody. In “Buttons,” a little girl bullied by the neighbor boy, gets her revenge with a needle and thread. In “Sitting Ducks,” a hurricane bears down on mothers, daughters, and sisters in an un-evacuated women’s prison. In “Asylum” an immigrant woman, suffering a terrible loss, sees ghosts in the hotel and houses that she cleans. In “Hell, or High Water” a young woman with Stockholm syndrome is abandoned by her kidnapper deep in the woods of Western North Carolina. And in “Here in the Dark,” a newly clean addict is given the opportunity to start over with her son if only she’ll snitch on her former lover and pimp, but discovers, of course, it’s not that simple. Blending Lucas’ musical prose, with high-tension stakes, and resonant characters, Here in the Dark is a collection not to be missed.

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Meagan Lucas is the author of the award-winning novel, Songbirds and Stray Dogs and the forthcoming collection, Here in the Dark. Her short work can be found in places like Still: The Journal, Bull Magazine, Pithead Chapel and others, and has been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, Derringer, and Canadian Crime Writers’ Award of Excellence, and named winner of the 2017 Scythe Prize for Fiction. Songbirds and Stray Dogs was North Carolina’s selection for the Library of Congress Center for the Book’s 2022 Route 1 Reads program. She teaches Creative Writing at Robert Morris University and is the Editor-in-Chief of Reckon Review. Born and raised on a small island in Northern Ontario, she now calls the mountains of Western North Carolina home.

PRAISE FOR HERE IN THE DARK:

“Honest and unflinching, elegant yet brutal, Meagan Lucas illuminates the darkest corners of the human condition in this extraordinary collection. These are stories wrought with sympathy and pitch-perfect realism, exploring the heartaches and hard truths about addiction, class, gender, and the perils of parenthood. Like Claire Keegan and Dorothy Allison, Lucas renders characters with a breadth of range but never fails to show a mother’s love to these damaged souls. Here in the Dark is the declaration of a considerable talent.”

 - Peter Farris, award-winning author of The Devil Himself and Last Call for the Living

  

“Like lightning, every story in Meagan Lucas’s new collection is a flash of brilliance - a bolt right to the reader’s heart. With Here in the Dark, Lucas takes risks and never flinches, she embraces the darker sides of humanity, without once dehumanizing her characters and proves, without a doubt, why she’s one of the most exciting new voices in Appalachian Noir.”

 - Steph Post, author of Miraculum, Lightwood, Walk in the Fire, Holding Smoke, and A Tree Born Crooked

  

“Meagan Lucas’s Here in the Dark features strong, desperate, determined female protagonists, all fighting their good fights. The collection as a whole works like a murmuration, with characters all linked to their hard-scrabble Appalachian lives. This is Grit Lit and Rural Noir at its best.”

 - George Singleton, author of You Want More: Selected Stories

 

“It’s obvious why Lucas and Shotgun Honey are a perfect match. Her stories are tightly wound coils of fury that push you into dark places just to pounce. This collection is a cherry bomb in a mailbox just waiting to blow your fucking fingers off.” 

- Brian Panowich, author of Bull Mountain, Hard Cash Valley, and Nothing But The Bones

 

 

 

J. Todd Scott has been a federal agent with the DEA for more than twenty years, working cases investigating international maritime smuggling and domestic meth labs, and led a multiagency strike force dedicated to attacking Mexican cartel smuggling routes. He has a law degree from George Mason University and is a father of three. He recently returned to his native Kentucky as the special agent in charge at the Louisville field office.

 

J. Todd Scott was born in rural Kentucky and attended college and law school in Virginia, where he set aside an early ambition to write to pursue a career as a federal agent. His assignments have taken him all over the United States and the world, but a gun and a badge never replaced his passion for stories and writing.

His previous books include The Far EmptyHigh White Sun, and This Side of Night in the Chris Cherry / Big Bend Series, as well as the Appalachian crime novel Lost River.

For more information, visit www.jtoddscott.com.

 

  Frank Bill is the New York Times bestselling author of The Ravaged, with Norman Reedus; the novels The Savage and Donnybrook, the latter of which was turned into a film in 2018; and the story collection Crimes in Southern Indiana, one of GQ’s favorite books of 2011 and a Daily Beast best debut of 2011. He lives and writes in southern Indiana.
Here in the Dark: Stories By Meagan Lucas Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781956957204
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Published: Shotgun Honey Books - July 14th, 2023

Here in the Dark, the first collection from award-winning author Meagan Lucas, is a gritty genre blending wallop of short stories, set mostly in Southern Appalachia, that explore the female experience of lawlessness.


Call the Dark: A Thriller By J. Todd Scott Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781662500411
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - September 19th, 2023

From author J. Todd Scott comes a haunting thriller about a young plane crash survivor and a mysterious hiker who venture into the wilderness to escape a dark and vengeful force.

A small white plane hurtles from the sky, vanishing into the wilderness. Hiker Maggie Roby watches its final descent, certain that no one could have survived.


Back to the Dirt: A Novel By Frank Bill Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374534431
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Published: FSG Originals - May 9th, 2023

Frank Bill is back with a gritty, wrenching novel from deep inside the traumas of a broken American heartland.


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Join us for this spectacular trio of authors. For fans of gritty, dark literature.

Kim Wickens presents: Lexington, America's Legendary Racehorse

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Thursday, July 13, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Pre-registering helps us order enough books for our guests and helps us set up the room for safety and comfort. We will allow pre-registrants to be seated first. No one will be turned away, but please note that seating is limited. Please contact the store ahead of time if you need assistance with mobility or other concerns - we are happy to help!

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The dramatic true story of the champion Thoroughbred racehorse who gained international fame in the tumultuous Civil War-era South, and became the most successful sire in American racing history.

The early days of American horse racing were grueling. Four-mile races, run two or three times in succession, were the norm, rewarding horses who brandished the ideal combination of stamina and speed. The stallion Lexington, named after the city in Kentucky where he was born, possessed these winning qualities, which pioneering Americans prized.

Lexington shattered the world speed record for a four-mile race, showing a war-torn nation that the extraordinary was possible even in those perilous times. He would continue his winning career until deteriorating eyesight forced his retirement in 1855. But once his groundbreaking achievements as a racehorse ended, his role as a sire began. Horses from his bloodline won more money than the offspring of any other Thoroughbred—an annual success that led Lexington to be named America’s leading sire an unprecedented sixteen times.  

Yet with the Civil War raging, Lexington’s years at a Kentucky stud farm were far from idyllic. Confederate soldiers ran amok, looting freely and kidnapping horses from the top stables. They soon focused on the prized Lexington and his valuable progeny.  

Kim Wickens, a lawyer and dressage rider, became fascinated by this legendary horse when she learned that twelve of Thoroughbred racing's thirteen Triple Crown winners descended from Lexington. Wickens spent years meticulously researching the horse and his legacy—and with Lexington, she presents an absorbing, exciting account that transports readers back to the raucous beginning of American horse racing and introduces them to the stallion at its heart. Kim will be in conversation with Chris Goodlett, Director of Curatorial & Educational Affairs at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

 

Kim Wickens grew up in Dallas, Texas, and practiced as a criminal defense lawyer in New Mexico for twenty years. She subsequently turned her attention to writing, which she studied at Kenyon College, and has devoted the last several years to researching this book. She lives with her husband and son in Lexington, Kentucky, where she trains in dressage with her three horses.

 

 

The link below allows you to purchase the book in advance - we will have your copy at the event to be signed whenever possible. Books will also be available for purchase on-site, or on the registration page (this incurs additional service fees). Whatever is most convenient for you, we love to get you your favorite books!

 

 

Mobility device access info:

While our store has ramp access to the right of the main entrance, the event space is more easily accessed by entering at Bayly Avenue. Please call the store when you arrive and we will be happy to welcome you via this entrance. This door is next to a loading zone for easy car access, and our parking lot reserved ADA spots are also close to this entrance.

Lexington: The Extraordinary Life and Turbulent Times of America's Legendary Racehorse By Kim Wickens Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593496701
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 11th, 2023

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “A vivid portrait of America’s greatest stallion, the larger-than-life men who raced and bred him, and the dramatic times in which they lived.”—Geraldine Brooks, author of Horse


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With Lexington, Wickens presents an absorbing, exciting account that transports readers back to the raucous beginning of American horse racing and introduces them to the stallion at its heart.

BTS Beyond The Story: Midnight Release Party!

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Saturday, July 8, 2023 - 10:30pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Beyond the Story: 10 Year Record of BTS Midnight Release Party!!!

Join your fellow fans for a late-night of fun and games, and the book release at midnight! There are 50 sets of photocards that will go to the first 50 pre-orders.  You must purchase a book to be entered to win one of the raffle prizes.

THE FIRST EVER OFFICIAL BOOK—
Published in celebration of BTS’s 10th Anniversary, stories that go beyond what you already know about BTS, including unreleased photos, QR codes of videos, and all album information.

After taking their first step into the world on June 13, 2013, BTS will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut in June 2023. They have risen to the peak as an iconic global artist and during this meaningful time, they look back on their footsteps in the first official book. In doing so, BTS nurtures the power to build brighter days and they choose to take another step on a road that no one has gone before.

BTS shares personal, behind-the-scenes stories of their journey so far through interviews and more than three years of in-depth coverage by Myeongseok Kang, who has written about K-pop and other Korean pop culture in various media. Presented chronologically in seven chapters from before the debut of BTS to the present, their vivid voices and opinions harmonize to tell a sincere, lively, and deep story. In individual interviews that have been conducted without a camera or makeup, they illuminate their musical journey from multiple angles and discuss its significance.

In addition, portrait photos that show BTS as individuals and artists open the book, and throughout there are concept photos, tracklists of all previous albums, and over 330 QR codes. As digital artists, BTS has been communicating with the world through the internet and this book allows readers to immediately access trailers, music videos, and more online to have a rich understanding of all the key moments in BTS history. Complete with a timeline of all major milestones, BEYOND THE STORY is a remarkable archive—truly everything about BTS in one volume.

 

VIDEO HERE!

 

 

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Beyond the Story: 10 Year Record of BTS is a forthcoming biography about South Korean pop group BTS. The book is written by Kang Myeong-seok and BTS, and translated into English by Anton Hur in collaboration with Clare Richards and Slin Jung. It will be released on July 9, 2023.[1]

In early May 2023, the book appeared on pre-order lists of booksellers, though with scant information. The book's U.S. publisher, Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, titled it "4C Untitled Flatiron Nonfiction Summer 2023", described it as a "biography or autobiography" and numbering 544 pages.[2] Later, a message sent by Flatiron to booksellers was posted on social media; more details on the book were to be revealed on June 13, ahead of its publication date on July 9, and that the book has an initial print run of 1 million copies.[3][4]

The limited information released drove fan discussions on social media about the author and subject of the book.[5] Some noted the book's unusual release date, July 9, falls on a Sunday, when most books are traditionally released on Tuesdays.[6] Others predicted that the book's massive initial print run of 1 million and short period of time between announcement and publication suggests a famous author.[5]

In particular, fans of American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift speculated that the book is her memoir. Swift frequently alluded to the number 13 as her lucky number, and fans believed that the date of June 13 and the fact that the book's page count of 544 adds up to 13 are easter eggs alluding to her involvement.[7] Furthermore, fans also believed that the date of July 9 is a reference to the song "Last Kiss" on her album Speak Now, and that Swift had left clues in her announcement of the re-recorded version, Speak Now (Taylor's Version).[6]

The rumor was fueled further when a number of bookstores in the U.S. made social media posts alluding to Swift, resulting in a surge in pre-orders—one bookstore received more than 600—though all were canceled after their owners were asked by Flatiron to remove their social media posts.[6][3] The unreleased book also became a bestseller on several online bookstores, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.[8][7] However, on May 9, Variety published an article denying that the book's author is Swift.[7]

At the same time, there was also speculation the book is about BTS.[8] It was pointed out that June 13, 2023, is the 10th anniversary of the release of BTS' first single, "No More Dream", from their debut album 2 Cool 4 Skool.[1] Additionally, July 9, 2023, marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of ARMY, the BTS fan group.[1] On May 11, The New York Times, citing Flatiron, confirmed that the book is an oral history of BTS, written by the journalist Kang Myeong-seok and members of the group.[9] The book is translated into English by Anton Hur in collaboration with Clare Richards and Slin Jung; in South Korea, the book will be published by Big Hit Music, BTS' music label.[9]

Beyond the Story: 10-Year Record of BTS By BTS, Myeongseok Kang, Anton Hur (Translated by), Slin Jung (Translated by), Clare Richards (Translated by) Cover Image
By BTS, Myeongseok Kang, Anton Hur (Translated by), Slin Jung (Translated by), Clare Richards (Translated by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781250326751
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 9th, 2023

#1 New York Times Bestseller

THE FIRST EVER OFFICIAL BOOK—

Published in celebration of BTS’s 10th Anniversary, stories that go beyond what you already know about BTS, including unreleased photos, QR codes of videos, and all album information.


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Join your fellow fans for a late-night of fun and games, and the book release at midnight!

Carmichael's Community Book Club: Devil House

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Monday, October 30, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

From John Darnielle, the New York Times bestselling author and the singer-songwriter of the Mountain Goats, comes an epic, gripping novel about murder, truth, and the dangers of storytelling.

Gage Chandler is descended from kings. That’s what his mother always told him when he was a child. Years later, he is a true crime writer, with one grisly success—and a movie adaptation—to his name, along with a series of subsequent less notable efforts. But now he is being offered the chance for the big break: to move into the house where a pair of briefly notorious murders occurred, apparently the work of disaffected teens during the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. Chandler finds himself in Milpitas, California, a small town whose name rings a bell—his closest childhood friend lived there, once upon a time. He begins his research into the murders with diligence and enthusiasm, but soon the story leads him into a puzzle he never expected—back into his own work and what it means, back to the very core of what he does and who he is.

Devil House is John Darnielle’s most ambitious work yet, a book that blurs the line between fact and fiction, that combines daring formal experimentation with a spellbinding tale of crime, writing, memory, and artistic obsession.

 

John Darnielle’s first novel, Wolf in White Van, was a New York Times bestseller, a National Book Award nominee, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; his second, Universal Harvester, was also a New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the Locus Award. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and sons.
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Published: Picador - October 4th, 2022

From John Darnielle, the New York Times bestselling author and the singer-songwriter of the Mountain Goats, comes an epic, gripping novel about murder, truth, and the dangers of storytelling.


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NOTE DATE CHANGE DUE TO HALLOWEEN. Darnielle’s most ambitious work yet, a book that blurs the line between fact and fiction, that combines daring formal experimentation with a spellbinding tale of crime, writing, memory, and artistic obsession.

Carmichael's Community Book Club: Birnam Wood

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Luminaries, a gripping thriller of kaleidoscopic insight.

Birnam Wood is on the move . . .

A landslide has closed the Korowai Pass on New Zealand’s South Island, cutting o? the town of Thorndike and leaving a sizable farm abandoned. The disaster presents an opportunity for Birnam Wood, an undeclared, unregulated, sometimes-criminal, sometimes-philanthropic guerrilla gardening collective that plants crops wherever no one will notice. For years, the group has struggled to break even. To occupy the farm at Thorndike would mean a shot at solvency at last.

But the enigmatic American billionaire Robert Lemoine also has an interest in the place: he has snatched it up to build his end-times bunker, or so he tells Birnam’s founder, Mira, when he catches her on the property. He’s intrigued by Mira, and by Birnam Wood; although they’re poles apart politically, it seems Lemoine and the group might have enemies in common. But can Birnam trust him? And, as their ideals and ideologies are tested, can they trust one another?

A gripping psychological thriller from the Booker Prize–winning author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton’s Birnam Wood is Shakespearean in its drama, Austenian in its wit, and, like both in?uences, fascinated by what makes us who we are. A brilliantly constructed study of intentions, actions, and consequences, it is a mesmerizing, unfinching consideration of the human impulse to ensure our own survival.

 

Eleanor Catton is the author of the international bestseller The Luminaries, winner of the Man Booker Prize and a Governor General’s Literary Award. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Betty Trask Award, was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and was long-listed for the Orange Prize. She is also the screenwriter of Emma, a 2020 feature ?lm adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, she now lives in Cambridge, England.
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 7th, 2023

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Time, Financial Times, Slate, The Chicago Public Library,
Kirkus, The Telegraph
A Barack Obama Summer Reading Pick

“[A] savagely satirical thriller.” —People


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A brilliantly constructed study of intentions, actions, and consequences, it is a mesmerizing, unfinching consideration of the human impulse to ensure our own survival.

Carmichael's Community Book Club: Forbidden Notebook

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

"Forbidden Notebook promises a new cohort of readers, appetites whetted by the works of Elena Ferrante, Elsa Morante and Natalia Ginzburg. Translator Ann Goldstein has reinvigorated the text.” —Joumana Khatib, The New York Times Book Review

"Published in Italy in 1952, this intimate, quietly subversive novel is told through the increasingly frantic secret diary entries of a woman named Valeria."—The New Yorker

"Reading Alba de Cespedes was, for me, like breaking into an unknown universe: social class, feelings, atmosphere." —Annie Ernaux, Nobel Prize laureate and author of The Years

With a foreword by Jhumpa Lahiri, Quaderno Proibito is a classic domestic novel by the Italian-Cuban feminist writer Alba de Céspedes, whose work inspired contemporary writers like Elena Ferrante.


In this modern translation by acclaimed Elena Ferrante translator Ann Goldstein, Forbidden Notebook centers the inner life of a dissatisfied housewife living in postwar Rome.

Valeria Cossati never suspected how unhappy she had become with the shabby gentility of her bourgeois life—until she begins to jot down her thoughts and feelings in a little black book she keeps hidden in a closet. This new secret activity leads her to scrutinize herself and her life more closely, and she soon realizes that her individuality is being stifled by her devotion and sense of duty toward her husband, daughter, and son. As the conflicts between parents and children, husband and wife, and friends and lovers intensify, what goes on behind the Cossatis’ facade of middle-class respectability gradually comes to light, tearing the family’s fragile fabric apart.  

An exquisitely crafted portrayal of domestic life, Forbidden Notebook recognizes the universality of human aspirations.

 

 

Alba de Céspedes (1911–1997) was a bestselling Italian-Cuban feminist writer greatly influenced by the cultural developments that led to and resulted from World War II. In 1935, she was jailed for her anti-fascist activities in Italy. Two of her novels were also banned—Nessuno Torna Indietro (1938) and La Fuga (1940). In 1943, she was again imprisoned for her assistance with Radio Partigiana in Bari, where she was a Resistance radio personality known as Clorinda. After the war, she moved to Paris, where she lived until her death in 1997.

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ISBN: 9781662601392
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Published: Astra House - January 17th, 2023

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

“Powerful.” —The New Yorker
“Brilliant.” —The Wall Street Journal
"Astounding." —NPR
“Forceful, clear and morally engaged.” —The Washington Post
“Subversive.” —The New York Times Book Review


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Please join us to discuss Forbidden Notebook which centers on the inner life of a dissatisfied housewife, Valeria Cossati, living in postwar Rome.

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