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Carmichael's Community Book Club: The Biography of X

Event date: 

Tuesday, July 25, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

“A major novel, and a notably audacious one.” ?Dwight Garner, The New York Times

When X—an iconoclastic artist, writer, and polarizing shape-shifter—falls dead in her office, her widow, CM, wild with grief and refusing everyone’s good advice, hurls herself into writing a biography of the woman she deified. Not even CM knows where X was born, and in her quest to find out, she opens a Pandora’s box of secrets, betrayals, and destruction. All the while, she immerses herself in the history of the Southern Territory, a fascist theocracy that split from the rest of the country after World War II, and which finally, in the present day, is being forced into an uneasy reunification.

A masterfully constructed literary adventure complete with original images assembled by X’s widow, Biography of X follows CM as she traces X’s peripatetic trajectory over decades, from Europe to the ruins of America’s divided territories, and through her collaborations and feuds with everyone from Bowie and Waits to Sontag and Acker. At last, when she finally understands the scope of X’s defining artistic project, CM realizes her wife’s deceptions were far crueler than she imagined.

Pulsing with suspense and intellect, Biography of X is a roaring epic that plumbs the depths of grief, art, and love. In her most ambitious novel yet, Catherine Lacey pushes her craft to its highest level, introducing us to an unforgettable character who, in her tantalizing mystery, shows us the fallibility of the stories we craft for ourselves.

Catherine Lacey is the author of the novels Nobody Is Ever MissingThe Answers, and Pew, and of the short-story collection Certain American States. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She has been a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Believer, and elsewhere.

 

 

Biography of X: A Novel By Catherine Lacey Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374606176
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 21st, 2023

Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2023 by Time (#1), Vulture, and Publishers Weekly, and one of the Best Books of 2023 by The New York Times, the New Yorker, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, the Chicago Tribune, Kirkus, Lit Hub, and Amazon. National Bestseller.


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Carmichael's Community Book Club: Big Swiss

Event date: 

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

The breakout book from award-winning author of Pretend I'm Dead, an even more hilarious, edgy, and brilliantly original novel about a sex therapist's transcriptionist and her wild affair with one of the patients.

Praise for Big Swiss
"Big Swiss is a dark party; a hilarious romp through new age pop psychology, romantic obsession, sapphic acrobatics, dogs, and the desire to end it all. Beagin's voice is an engine all its own, and I delighted in this cynical, sexy, hopeless, hopeful, Hudson Valley jubilee. Come for the bees, stay for the donkeys!" - Melissa Broder, author of Milk Fed

"One of the funniest books of the last few years. . . . Beagin may sooner be hotter than a farm-to-table restaurant in a bougie upstate town, but her work will be around much longer. . . . both timely and ultimately transcendent." - The Los Angeles Times

"A fantastic, weird-as-hell, super funny novel." Bustle (4/24/2023)

 

“Wild…hilarious…so good.” —Cosmopolitan, Best Books of the Year * “A laugh-out-loud bad romance for Gen Xers and an ode to misfits who just want to belong.” —Oprah Daily * “Always interesting…too fun to stop.” —Vanity Fair

“One of the funniest books of the last few years” (Los Angeles Times) about a sex therapist’s transcriptionist and her affair with one of the patients.

Greta lives with her friend Sabine in an ancient Dutch farmhouse in Hudson, New York. The house is unrenovated, uninsulated, and full of bees. Greta spends her days transcribing therapy sessions for a sex coach who calls himself Om. She becomes infatuated with his newest client, a repressed married woman she affectionately refers to as Big Swiss.

One day, Greta recognizes Big Swiss’s voice in town and they quickly become enmeshed. While Big Swiss is unaware Greta has eavesdropped on her most intimate exchanges, Greta has never been more herself with anyone. Her attraction to Big Swiss overrides her guilt, and she’ll do anything to sustain the relationship…

“A fantastic, weird-as-hell, super funny novel” (Bustle), Big Swiss is both a love story and a deft examination of infidelity, mental health, sexual stereotypes, and more—from an amazingly talented, singular voice in contemporary fiction.

 

  Jen Beagin holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine, and is a recipient of a Whiting Award in fiction. Her first novel Pretend I’m Dead was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and Vacuum in the Dark was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction. She is also the author of Big Swiss. She lives in Hudson, New York.
Big Swiss: A Novel By Jen Beagin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982153090
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Published: Scribner - August 1st, 2023

NATIONAL BESTSELLER AND CULT FAVORITE

Named a Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker, Time, NPR, Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, NBC News, Lit Hub, theSkimm, Condé Nast Traveler, Town & Country, and more!

“One of the funniest books of the last few years” (Los Angeles Times)


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One of the funniest books of the last few years - Beagin may sooner be hotter than a farm-to-table restaurant in a bougie upstate town

Jodie Slaughter in conversation with Meg Shaffer

Event date: 

Wednesday, July 12, 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. 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!

 

A sizzling romance where a winning lottery ticket is meant to be a new start but instead becomes a second chance at love.

Miriam Butler’s life is going nowhere in the slowest, most excruciating way possible. Stuck in the same barely-paying job she’s had since she was sixteen and spending every night sleeping in the spare twin bed in her mother’s house, her existence might be hilarious if it wasn’t so bleak. One trip to her favorite corner store upends everything when she finds herself the winner of a Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot. Unfortunately, not even life-altering roses come without their painful thorns. Hers just so happen to be in the form of an estranged husband who has the right to claim his share of her money.

It’s been eight years since Leo Vaughn has had a conversation with his wife. When she calls out of the blue, practically begging him to come back to Greenbelt, the last thing he expects her to tell him when he gets there is that she’s come into a whole heap of money. She offers him a life-changing proposition of his own. Take a lump sum, finally sign the divorce papers, and be done with her for good. Only, a forever without her is the last thing Leo wants. So he gives a proposition of his own. One that won’t cost her nearly as many millions, but will buy him the time to do the one thing he’s been hungry to do since he left—win her back.

 

JODIE SLAUGHTER is the author of Bet on It and Play to Win. She is a twenty-something romance author who spends most of her days hunched over a laptop making fictional characters kiss. She loves love, so she writes romance novels full of heart, passion, and heat. When she isn’t putting steamy scenes or declarations of devotion on the page she can normally be found being generally hilarious on twitter, dreaming about brisket, or consuming way too much television. She lives in Kentucky.

 

 

Meg Shaffer is a part-time creative writing instructor and a full-time MFA candidate in TV and screenwriting at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She lives in a state of uncertainty.

 

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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Play to Win: A Novel By Jodie Slaughter Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250821843
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 11th, 2023

Jodie Slaughter's latest rom-com, Play to Win, is a sizzling romance where a winning lottery ticket is meant to be a new start but instead becomes a second chance at love.


The Wishing Game: A Novel By Meg Shaffer Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593598832
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 30th, 2023

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Years ago, a reclusive mega-bestselling children’s author quit writing under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly he resurfaces with a brand-new book and a one-of-a-kind competition, offering a prize that will change the winner’s life in this absorbing and whimsical novel.


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A sizzling romance where a winning lottery ticket is meant to be a new start but instead becomes a second chance at love.

Tania James presents: Loot

Event date: 

Saturday, July 8, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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A spellbinding historical novel set in eighteenth-century India, England, and France, about a young man’s dream of leaving a mark on the world

Abbas is just seventeen years old when his gifts as a woodcarver come to the attention of Tipu Sultan, and he is drawn into service at the palace in order to build a giant tiger automaton for Tipu’s sons, a gift to commemorate their return from British captivity. His fate—and the fate of the wooden tiger he helps create—will mirror the vicissitudes of nations and dynasties ravaged by war across India and Europe.

Working alongside the legendary French clockmaker Lucien du Leze, Abbas hones his craft, learns French, and meets Jehanne, the daughter of a French expatriate.  When Du Leze is finally permitted to return home to Rouen, he invites Abbas to come along as his apprentice. But by the time Abbas travels to Europe, Tipu’s palace has been looted by British forces, and the tiger automaton has disappeared. To prove himself, Abbas must retrieve the tiger from an estate in the English countryside, where it is displayed in a collection of plundered art.

A hero’s quest, a love story, the story of a young artist coming of age, and an exuberant heist novel that traces the bloody legacy of colonialism across two continents and fifty years, Loot is a dazzling, wildly inventive, and irresistible feat of storytelling from a writer at the height of her powers.A spellbinding historical novel set in the eighteenth century: a hero’s quest, a love story, the story of a young artist coming of age, and an exuberant heist adventure that traces the bloody legacy of colonialism across two continents and fifty years. A wildly inventive, irresistible feat of storytelling from a writer at the height of her powers.

"Loot held me spellbound from the first page. This is an expertly-plotted, deeply affecting novel about war, displacement, emigration, and an elusive mechanical tiger.” —Maggie O’Farrell, best-selling author of Hamnet and The Marriage Portrait


Abbas is just seventeen years old when his gifts as a woodcarver come to the attention of Tipu Sultan, and he is drawn into service at the palace in order to build a giant tiger automaton for Tipu’s sons, a gift to commemorate their return from British captivity. His fate—and the fate of the wooden tiger he helps create—will mirror the vicissitudes of nations and dynasties ravaged by war across India and Europe.

Working alongside the legendary French clockmaker Lucien du Leze, Abbas hones his craft, learns French, and meets Jehanne, the daughter of a French expatriate.  When Du Leze is finally permitted to return home to Rouen, he invites Abbas to come along as his apprentice. But by the time Abbas travels to Europe, Tipu’s palace has been looted by British forces, and the tiger automaton has disappeared. To prove himself, Abbas must retrieve the tiger from an estate in the English countryside, where it is displayed in a collection of plundered art.

 

 

 

TANIA JAMES is the author of the novels The Tusk That Did the Damage and Atlas of Unknowns and the short story collection Aerogrammes. Her fiction has appeared in Boston Review, Granta, Guernica, One Story, A Public Space, and The Kenyon Review. She lives in Washington, D.C.

 

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Loot: A novel By Tania James Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593535974
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Published: Knopf - June 13th, 2023

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN FICTION • A spellbinding historical novel set in the eighteenth century: a hero’s quest, a love story, the story of a young artist coming of age, and an exuberant heist adventure that traces the bloody legacy of colonialism across two continents and fifty years.


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Abbas is just seventeen years old when his gifts as a woodcarver come to the attention of Tipu Sultan. His fate—and the fate of the wooden tiger he helps create—will mirror the vicissitudes of nations and dynasties ravaged by war.

Silas House: Lark Ascending NEW DATE with Jim James of My Morning Jacket

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 7:00pm
2800 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

Registration details coming soon!

NEW LOCATION. This event has been moved to Crescent Hill Baptist Church 2800 Frankfort Ave 40206. Silas will be in conversation with Jim James.

If you had previously registered we are asking that you re-register. There will be plenty of room for everyone.

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About the Book:

A riveting story of survival and hope, set in the not-too-distant future, about a young man forced to flee the United States and seek refuge across the Atlantic. 

As fires devastate most of the United States, Lark and his family secure a place on a refugee boat headed to Ireland, the last country not yet overrun by extremists and rumored to be accepting American refugees. But Lark is the only one to survive the trip, and once ashore, he doesn’t find the safe haven he’d hoped for. As he runs for his life, Lark finds an abandoned dog who becomes his closest companion, and then a woman in search of her lost son. Together they form a makeshift family and attempt to reach Glendalough, a place they believe will offer protection. But can any community provide the safety that they seek? 

For readers of novels such as Station ElevenThe Dog Stars, and MigrationsLark Ascending is a moving and unforgettable story of friendship, family, and healing.   

 

About the Author:

Silas House is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, one book of creative nonfiction, and three plays. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the AdvocateTimeGarden & Gun, and other publications. A former commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, House is the winner of the Nautilus Award, the Storylines Prize from the NAV/New York Public Library, an E. B. White Honor, and many other awards. 

 

Select Praise for LARK ASCENDING:

Southern Literary Award Winner

Nautilus Award Winner – Gold

 

“This beautiful book is shot through with such tenderness and humanity, such love and courage and beauty and hope, that it feels almost like a prayer.”

— Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations

 

“The vision is terrifying and spare, but in House’s capable and delicate telling, it is also beautiful and compelling. Lark marks a stunning turn in House’s career… I have no doubt that readers will follow Silas House wherever he goes, whether into the past or headlong into the future.”

— Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of When Ghosts Come Home

 

“A postapocalyptic epic that is quiet and lyrical . . . an emotional testament to the power of hope.”

— Booklist, starred review

 

 

 

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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Lark Ascending By Silas House Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781643753935
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 22nd, 2023

Winner of the Southern Book Prize ​for Fiction * Winner of a Nautilus Award (Gold)​

A timely, powerful story of survival set in the not-too-distant future that Margaret Renkl (Late Migrations) calls “a beautiful book...shot through with such tenderness and humanity, such love and courage and beauty and hope, that it feels almost like a prayer.&rdq


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“This beautiful book is shot through with such tenderness and humanity, such love and courage and beauty and hope, that it feels almost like a prayer.” — Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations

Polly Stewart: The Good Ones

Event date: 

Friday, June 9, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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An engrossing work of literary suspense that illuminates the push and pull of female friendship and the costs of being “good” when the rules for women begin to chafe.

“Polly Stewart's The Good Ones is a fantastic achievement. A classic Southern Gothic tale told through the prism of modern-day sensibilities. Not to be missed.”—S. A. Cosby, New York Times bestselling author of Razorblade Tears

“A riveting, unflinching exploration of adolescent female friendships, small-town pressures to conform, and the true crime lover’s tendency to conflate empathy and voyeurism, The Good Ones drew me in from the first lines and still hasn’t released me, days after finishing.”—Katie Guiterrez, nationally bestselling author of More Than You’ll Ever Know

The last time Nicola Bennett saw Lauren Ballard she was scraping a key along the side of a new cherry-red Chevy Silverado. That was the night before her friend mysteriously vanished from her home, leaving a bloodstained washcloth and signs of a struggle—as well as her grieving husband and young daughter—behind.

Now, nearly twenty years later, Nicola, newly unemployed and still haunted by the disappearance of her childhood friend, is returning to her Appalachian hometown. For Nicola, Tyndall County has remained frozen in time. Everywhere she turns she’s reminded of Lauren. Yet shockingly, her former friends and neighbors have all moved on. Drawn to stories of missing girls, Nicola obsessively searches the internet, hoping to discover a clue to Lauren’s ultimate fate.

Driven by a desperate need to know what happened to her friend, Nicola takes a job in her hometown, determined to uncover any bit of information, any small clue, that can help. Deep down she knows the answers are tucked in the hollows and valleys of this small Blue Ridge county. As secrets come to light and the truth begins to unravel, will Nicola finally find release and break free of the past—or lose herself completely to unanswered questions from her adolescence?

 

Polly Stewart grew up in the small town of Radford, Virginia. She graduated from Hollins University and has an MFA in fiction and a Ph.D. in British literature from Washington University of St. Louis. Her short fiction has appeared in literary collections and journals, including Best New American VoicesBest American Mystery StoriesEpoch, and Alaska Quarterly Review. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and Poets & Writers, among other publications. She teaches creative writing at Virginia Military Institute and lives in Lexington, Virginia.

 

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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. Whatever is most convenient for you, we love to get you your favorite books!

 

 

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The Good Ones: A Novel By Polly Stewart Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063234154
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2023

“Polly Stewart's The Good Ones is a fantastic achievement. A classic Southern Gothic tale told through the prism of modern-day sensibilities. Not to be missed.”—S. A. Cosby, New York Times bestselling author of Razorblade Tears


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An engrossing work of literary suspense that illuminates the push and pull of female friendship and the costs of being “good” when the rules for women begin to chafe.

Harvey Sloane: Riding the Rails at LFPL

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 7:00pm
Main Library Centennial Room
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

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Featuring appearances from Mayor Craig Greenberg and Jerry Abramson!

 

When one looks up in the dictionary the term “public servant” Harvey Sloane’s name is the example given. From a commitment to medical patients who lacked access and financial support, to neighborhoods throughout Louisville and Jefferson County who needed basic support for social services and infrastructure support, Harvey Sloane was their advocate. His energy, genuineness and vision for making the Louisville community as good as it could possibly be, made a positive difference in the lives of over 700,000 citizens of Harvey’s adopted hometown. The quality of life for all Louisvillians throughout the 70’s and 80’s was positively impacted by Harvey’s decisiveness, leadership and quality of life values that excited and energized Louisville as never before. The strength of his personality and love of community that he exhibited daily turned Louisville into a vibrant and destination community!

 

Jay and I truly cherish our 50-year relationship with Harvey and Kathy Sloane. Jay and Harvey shared a commitment and dedication to public service in West Virginia and Kentucky.  Their lives continued on parallel paths as Harvey ran for mayor of Louisville and Jay ran for governor of West Virginia.  We treasure our friendship.  Harvey has had a fascinating life by being truly devoted to others.  He is a unique individual with a fascinating life story.  Harvey has led and exemplary life from which we can all learn.  Jay and I highly recommend this intriguing book.
Sharon Percy RockefellerPresident and CEO of WETA

When one looks up in the dictionary the term “public servant” Harvey Sloane’s name is the example given. From a commitment to medical patients who lacked access and financial support, to neighborhoods throughout Louisville and Jefferson County who needed basic support for social services and infrastructure support, Harvey Sloane was their advocate. His energy, genuineness and vision for making the Louisville community as good as it could possibly be, made a positive difference in the lives of over 700,000 citizens of Harvey’s adopted hometown. The quality of life for all Louisvillians throughout the 70’s and 80’s was positively impacted by Harvey’s decisiveness, leadership and quality of life values that excited and energized Louisville as never before. The strength of his personality and love of community that he exhibited daily turned Louisville into a vibrant and destination community!
Jerry AbramsonLouisville Attorney

Harvey Sloane, whom I have know for many years, is a great humanitarian, doctor, and devoted family man. He cares tremendously about people and the human race. His work throughout his life is even deeper with the immense respect he shows his colleagues, his constituents, his patients, and his family. This book clearly depicts a man who has lived a good, full, and fulfilling life.
Martha StewartBusinesswoman, Writer, and TV Personality

Riding the Rails is a wonderfully told story of public service at its best. Sloane’s many adventures—from the halls of power in Kentucky to perhaps the grimmest place in Siberia—offer valuable lessons to anyone interested in the greater good. It could hardly be more timely.
Phil RooseveltEditorial Director, Magazine, Barron’s

Riding The Rails: My Unexpected Adventures in Medicine, City Hall and Public Service By Harvey Sloane Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781624294464
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Published: Opus Self-Publishing - May 1st, 2023

When one looks up in the dictionary the term “public servant” Harvey Sloane’s name is the example given. From a commitment to medical patients who lacked access and financial support, to neighborhoods throughout Louisville and Jefferson County who needed basic support for social services and infrastructure support, Harvey Sloane was their advocate.


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Harvey Sloane's riveting memoir "clearly depicts a man who has lived a good, full, and fulfilling life." —Martha Stewart

Martha Greenwald and Beatrice Marovich host: a Community Meditation of Remembrance

Event date: 

Friday, June 2, 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. 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!

 

Featuring readings by essayists Mera Cossey Corlett, Jamar Wattley, Susanne Howe, Jacqueline Woodward.

We also thank participating contributors Catherine Flores, Katie Keene, and Diane Hawkins for their presence at this event.

 

"Who We Lost is a contemporary document in the ancient, ceremonious, vernacular tradition that links grief and language, in ordinary details: A recipe for pork shoulder. An electric scooter. Intubations and respirators. A specific tune, a specific ice cream shop. Death at home, in a hospital, on Zoom. In the words of an old lyric, it is a precious jewel to be plain. That is what the writers here do for our contemporary disaster of the COVID pandemic: on a personal scale, they make it plain."
—Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate

 

Who We Lost is the first book that directly acknowledges the free-floating grief of the COVID-bereaved, affirms that it must be addressed, and offers a purposeful activity that respects mourners as well as the mourned. Early in the pandemic, Martha Greenwald invited mourners to write memories of loved ones lost to COVID on the Who We Lost website (WhoWeLost.org). The site has been growing ever since, as the bereaved continue to write and publish stories, and the writer's toolbox section of the website offers guidance for anyone wishing to contribute a story about who they lost to this grassroots public memorial. The resultant book, Who We Lost: A Portable COVID Memorial, contains dozens of essays as well as writing prompts to help others write remembrances. It is a community-generated tribute, an elegy, a handbook, and a collective memorial.

As featured in Publisher's Weekly.

Martha Greenwald is the founding director and curator of The WhoWeLost Project, and editor of Who We Lost: A Portable COVID Memorial. Her book, Other Prohibited Items, was the winner of the Mississippi Review Poetry Series. She is the winner of the 2020 Yeats Prize. Her work has appeared in many journals including New World Writing, The Threepenny Review, Slate, Poetry, and Best New Poets. She has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and been awarded fellowships from the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writer’s Conferences, Yaddo, and elsewhere. A New Jersey native, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

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"Few of the countless books written about death are written with such brilliance, imagination, and grace. An exemplary collection of attentive, intelligent and generous readings, Sister Death offers a rethinking of much of the history of the Christian West’s affective and reflective, martial and spiritual—and violent—rapport with death." -Gil Anidjar, author of Blood: A Critique of Christianity

"Embracing finitude, facing but never glorifying that most difficult sibling, Sister Death guides us on a darkly mesmerizing journey. Beatrice Marovich rethinks unthinkables of routine loss and existential horror, of mass death and ecological extinction. Exposing a long political theology of death, she reveals—lucidly, beautifully—the enlivening alternative." -Catherine Keller, author of Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement

"With an intimate, probing voice, Beatrice Marovich invites us to meditate with her on death. Marovich is versed in but not constrained by Continental philosophy, versed in but not constrained by Christian theology. With these tools, she crafts a smart, subtle, and at times moving narrative, elevated to the next level by its gorgeous illustrations." -Vincent W. Lloyd, author of Black Dignity: The Struggle Against Domination

 

Life and death are commonly seen as representing the starkest of binaries: Death is the ultimate adversary of all that lives. Beatrice Marovich argues that such understandings of mortality have been deeply influenced by a strain of Christian political theology that has left its mark on both religious and secular narratives. Adapting the figure of “Sister Death” from Saint Francis of Assisi, she calls for recognizing that life and death are family.

Drawing on a wide range of sources—from Toni Morrison to Jacques Derrida, psychoanalysis to grassroots “death positive” movements—Marovich critiques a racialized political theology that pits life and death against each other in a state of endless war. In a time of extinctions, it is necessary to disrupt this dominant story in order to apprehend death as a collective, multispecies event. Sister Death proposes an alternative view in which life and death are not mortal enemies destined for mutual destruction. Instead, they are engaged in a contested, tense, and sometimes mutually empowering form of connection—a sisterhood.

Eloquent and approachable, this book deftly integrates the insights of a number of disciplines to provide a profound reconsideration of the relations between life and death. Sister Death also features a series of original works by the artist Krista Dragomer that stage an ongoing conceptual conversation with the text.

 

Beatrice Marovich is associate professor of theological studies at Hanover College.

 

 

 

 

Who We Lost: A Portable Covid Memorial By Martha Greenwald (Editor) Cover Image
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Who We Lost is the first book that directly acknowledges the free-floating grief of the COVID-bereaved, affirms that it must be addressed, and offers a purposeful activity that respects mourners as well as the mourned.


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Life and death are commonly seen as representing the starkest of binaries: Death is the ultimate adversary of all that lives. Beatrice Marovich argues that such understandings of mortality have been deeply influenced by a strain of Christian political theology that has left its mark on both religious and secular narratives.


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Two esteemed scholars and several essayists lead us in an event of unified remembrance.

Hillsville Remembered: Public Memory, Historical Silence, and Appalachia's Most Notorious Shoot-Out

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Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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On March 14, 1912, Hillsville, Virginia, native Floyd Allen (1856–1913) was convicted of three criminal charges: assault, maiming, and the rescue of prisoners in custody. What had begun as a scuffle between Allen's nephews over a young woman ended with him being charged as the guilty party after he allegedly hit a deputy in the head with a pistol. When the jury returned with the verdict, Allen stood up and announced, "Gentleman, I ain't a-goin." A gunfight ensued in the crowded courtroom that killed five people and wounded seven others. The state of Virginia put Floyd and Claude Allen to death by electrocution the following spring. More than a century later, the event continues to impact the citizens and communities of the area as local newspapers recirculate the sordid story and give credence to annual public reenactments that continue to negatively impact the national perception of the region.

In this first book-length scholarly review of the Hillsville shoot-out, author Travis A. Rountree examines various media written about and inspired by the event and explains how the incident reinforced the nation's conception of Appalachia through depictions of this sensational moment in history. In all, this book provides an extensive analysis of this historic conflict and reveals a new understanding of the shaping of memories and stories from the event.

 

Travis A. Rountree is an assistant professor of English at Western Carolina University. His writings have appeared in North Carolina Folklore Journal, Appalachian Journal, Journal of Southern History, and Storytelling in Queer Appalachia: Imagining and Writing the Unspeakable Other.

 

Rountree has written a timely, nuanced consideration of how we remember and pass on our histories. This book may focus on the Hillsville courthouse shoot-out, but its examination is relevant to any event that makes its way into the cultural imagination. Rountree makes the case that history shapes us, not just because of what happens but because of how those stories get told—and why we tell them the ways that we do.

-Amanda Hayes, Associate Professor of English, Kent State University at Tuscarawas

Until now, serious academic research on the notorious Hillsville shoot-out of 1912 has been sparse. Rountree's work makes an important, worthwhile contribution to the field of Appalachian studies by separating and compartmentalizing the competing, and often contradictory, rhetoric(s) of remembering. Fiercely argued and brilliantly crafted, this book is a must for those interested in rhetoric's connection to Appalachian history.

-Todd D. Snyder, author of The Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity and 12 Rounds in Lo's Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia

In Hillsville Remembered, Travis A. Rountree examines the public memory of the 'Hillsville Massacre,' a gun battle that left five dead in a courtroom in Carroll County, Virginia, in 1912. Sparked by local politics and personal rivalries, the shoot-out briefly became a national sensation, with newspapers treating the killings as evidence of the supposed backwardness of rural white communities in southern Appalachia. Rountree analyzes multiple representations of the event, from folk ballads to contemporary museum exhibits and a remarkable community play performed in the courtroom where the shootings took place. In vivid detail, he shows how both locals and outsiders have engaged with images of Appalachian violence. These acts of memory have often amplified debilitating stereotypes of the region from the era when Americans first defined Appalachia as Other. Yet, as Rountree demonstrates, when remembering is rooted in community experience, these performances also hold the promise of transcendence and healing.

-Andrew Denson, author of Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory

 

 

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Hillsville Remembered: Public Memory, Historical Silence, and Appalachia's Most Notorious Shoot-Out By Travis A. Rountree Cover Image
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - April 11th, 2023

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Rountree examines various media written about and inspired by the event and explains how the incident reinforced the nation's conception of Appalachia through depictions of this sensational moment in history.

Steven Rowley: The Celebrants at LFPL Main Branch

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 7:00pm
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

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Big Chill for our times, celebrating decades-long friendships and promises—especially to ourselves—by the bestselling and beloved author of The Guncle.

It’s been a minute—or five years—since Jordan Vargas last saw his college friends, and twenty-eight years since their graduation when their adult lives officially began. Now Jordan, Jordy, Naomi, Craig, and Marielle find themselves at the brink of a new decade, with all the responsibilities of adulthood, yet no closer to having their lives figured out. Though not for a lack of trying. Over the years they’ve reunited in Big Sur to honor a decades-old pact to throw each other living “funerals,” celebrations to remind themselves that life is worth living—that their lives mean something, to one another if not to themselves.

But this reunion is different. They’re not gathered as they were to bolster Marielle as her marriage crumbled, to lift Naomi after her parents died, or to intervene when Craig pleaded guilty to art fraud. This time, Jordan is sitting on a secret that will upend their pact.

A deeply honest tribute to the growing pains of selfhood and the people who keep us going, coupled with Steven Rowley’s signature humor and heart, The Celebrants is a moving tale about the false invincibility of youth and the beautiful ways in which friendship helps us celebrate our lives, even amid the deepest challenges of living.

 

 

Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of five novels including, Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book; The Editor, an NPR Best Book of the Year; The Guncle, a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor and Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Novel of the Year; and The Celebrants. His fiction has been translated in twenty languages. He resides in Palm Springs, California.

 

THE CELEBRANTS was inspired in part by Rowley’s re-watching of Lawrence Kasdan's classic 1983 film The Big Chill early in the pandemic. “Like in the movie, I have a group of close friends from college, whom I’ve known now for more than half my life. It’s a unique experience having friends who met you as an idealistic young person and who you remain close to for your entire adult life – they understand you in a way no one else can, even more so than family in many regards. I wanted to honor these relationships by writing about a group of similar friends who have stuck by one another and also explore where these bonds could go next. Additionally, two recent events for me have been formative: I turned fifty, and I lost one of my closest friends to breast cancer. Losing a contemporary, especially in middle age, forces you to really confront your own mortality. There is something unique about friend grief that is not written about nearly enough – especially at this point in our lives. If the last few years have underscored anything, it's that time is not guaranteed. Instead of wallowing in that reality, I wanted to celebrate it. To embrace the many beautiful people in my life and tell them exactly what they mean to me. Just as the characters do here, begrudgingly sometimes, but with unconditional love, a lot of laughter and wide open hearts.”  

 

EARLY PRAISE FOR THE CELEBRANTS:

One of Buzzfeed’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books of 2023
One of Electric Lit’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books of Spring 2023
One of Nerd Daily’s Most Anticipated Books of 2023

"Steven Rowley is an auto-buy, and his latest novel, The Celebrants, is a testament to his trademark humor and grace. A thoughtful, heartbreaking, funny novel about love, marriage, grief, and friendship." 

—Laura Dave, author of The Last Thing He Told Me

 

"The Celebrants made me laugh and cry...and make some overdue phone calls to old friends. A timely examination of why connections matter and a powerful ode to friendship. We should all have such a pact."

Shelby Van Pelt, author of Remarkably Bright Creatures

 

"What can stave off the fear of death, or rescue you from one of life's less fatal heartbreaks? Steven Rowley, ever warm and witty, offers up lifelong friendship, and I am inclined to believe him." 

Emma Straub, author of All Adults Here and This Time Tomorrow

 

“Rowley’s novels deftly oscillate between tear-jerker and knee-slapper, books that brim with all of life’s big and small emotions, and his latest is no exception. It might just be his best yet.”

Electric Lit

"Rowley once again displays his talent at balancing humor and heart in surprising ways.”

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"A tender, funny, bittersweet exploration of friendship, family, joy, grief, and what it means to be alive. I loved everything about it.”

—Allison Winn Scotch, author of The Rewind

 

 

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A Big Chill for our times, celebrating decades-long friendships and promises—especially to ourselves—by the bestselling and beloved author of The Guncle.


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Winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor
National Bestseller • Wall Street Journal Bestseller • USA Today Bestseller
An NPR Book of the Year
Finalist for the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards


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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 30th, 2020

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America.


The Editor By Steven Rowley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525537960
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 2nd, 2019

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America.


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A Big Chill for our times, celebrating decades-long friendships and promises—especially to ourselves—by the bestselling and beloved author of The Guncle.

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