Adult

Carmichael's Community Book Club

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

In Person!

Masks are strongly encouraged to help actively include immuno-vulnerable friends and those around them. Thanks!

 

In this taut and explosive debut novel, one lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance.

Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn’t have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents’ sacrifices. She can’t persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with Harriet, their cherubic daughter, does Frida finally attain the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but she is just enough.

Until Frida has a very bad day.

The state has its eyes on mothers like Frida. The ones who check their phones, letting their children get injured on the playground; who let their children walk home alone. Because of one moment of poor judgment, a host of government officials will now determine if Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion.

Faced with the possibility of losing Harriet, Frida must prove that a bad mother can be redeemed. That she can learn to be good.

A searing page-turner that is also a transgressive novel of ideas about the perils of “perfect” upper-middle class parenting; the violence enacted upon women by both the state and, at times, one another; the systems that separate families; and the boundlessness of love, The School for Good Mothers introduces, in Frida, an everywoman for the ages. Using dark wit to explore the pains and joys of the deepest ties that bind us, Chan has written a modern literary classic.

About the Author


Jessamine Chan’s short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. A former reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, she holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and a BA from Brown University. Her work has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Jentel Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Anderson Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

 

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The School for Good Mothers: A Novel By Jessamine Chan Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982156121
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 4th, 2022

Shortlisted for The Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize
Selected as One of Barack Obama’s Summer 2022 Reading List Picks!

In this New York Times bestseller and Today show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick, one lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance, in this


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The state has its eyes on mothers like Frida. The ones who check their phones, letting their children get injured on the playground; who let their children walk home alone.

Coal Mine to Courtroom: book signing by W. Ron Adams

Event date: 

Friday, April 8, 2022 - 6:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Masks are required for in-person events

 

As a teenager in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, "Ronnie" Adams was ranked one of the top high school basketball players in the state, with dreams of playing in the NBA, until a coal mining accident left him a quadriplegic at the age of 19. Learn how he overcame seemingly impossible challenges to become a successful lawyer, when he signs copies of "Coal Mine to Courtroom: A Quadriplegic's Memoir of Relentless Faith, Courage and Eternal Success" on May 7th. "Coal Mine to Courtroom" is about love, loss, family, friendship and faith in God. With brutal honesty, sensitivity and humor, this book will entertain and inspire readers from all walks of life, regardless of their personal beliefs.

 

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"Ronnie" Adams was ranked one of the top high school basketball players in the state, until a coal mining accident left him a quadriplegic

Leesa Cross-Smith: Half-Blown Rose Launch

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

In-Conversation with of Perks of Being a Booklover hosts Carrie Vittitoe and Amy Smalley

 

Register HERE

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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From the award-winning author of This Close to Okay comes the irresistible story of a woman remaking her life after her husband’s betrayal leads to a year of travel, art, and passion in Paris.

Vincent, having grown up the privileged daughter of artists, has a life that is lovely in many ways. At forty-four, she enjoys strolling the streets of Paris and teaching at the modern art museum; she has a vibrant group of friends; and she’s even caught the eye of a young, charismatic man named Loup. But Vincent is also in Paris to escape a painful betrayal: her husband, Cillian, has published a bestselling book divulging secrets about his past and their marriage, including the fact that when he was a teenager, he may have had a child with a young woman back in Dublin—before his family moved to California and never returned.

Now estranged, Vincent has agreed to see Cillian again at their son’s wedding the following summer, but Loup introduces new complications. Soon they begin an intense affair, and somewhere between dinners made together, hazy evenings in nightclubs where Loup’s band plays, and long, starry walks along the Seine, Vincent feels herself blossoming. Filled with playlists, travel journal entries, and excerpts from Cillian’s novel, Half-Blown Rose traverses Paris, liminal spaces, and the messy complexities of relationships. As Cillian does all he can to win her back, Vincent must decide what she wants . . . and who she will be.

 

Leesa Cross-Smith is the author of Every Kiss a War, Whiskey & Ribbons, So We Can Glow, and This Close to Okay. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two teenagers. Find more at LeesaCrossSmith.com.

 

Amy Smalley and Carrie Vittitoe are the hosts of the book podcast The Perks of Being a Book Lover that is also a weekly radio show on 106.5fm WFMP-LP in Louisville, Kentucky. When they aren’t fiercely competing with each other over who can read the most books in a year, they are interviewing authors such as Hugo-award winning Alix Harrow and Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria as well as chatting with book lovers from all over the globe. 

Carrie has been an English teacher and freelance writer for over a decade.  Amy has been a vintage bookseller, a reading tutor, and a Friends of the Library founder for a rural Eastern Kentucky library. Carrie and Amy met in their book club over 15 years ago. 

 

“With Half-Blown Rose, Leesa Cross-Smith has given us a brilliant, sexy, funny masterpiece. Reading her stunning prose is a full-blown experience. Within the deeply intimate worlds she conjures, she captures love, lust, and longing with such emotional intricacy and verve, I’m fairly certain I read this entire book with my hand pressed against my heart.” —Deesha Philyaw, author of National Book Award 2020 finalist The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

 

“By far the most exhilarating and sexy American-in-Paris story I’ve ever read. Leesa Cross-Smith’s Half-Blown Rose is smart, intriguing, and pure delight.” —Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers

 

“Leesa Cross-Smith’s richly vivid prose pulls you in and transports you to Paris. Sharp-edged and sexy, Half-Blown Rose is an utterly intoxicating story of love, betrayal, and loyalty.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising

 

 

 

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Half-Blown Rose: A Novel By Leesa Cross-Smith Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538755167
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 31st, 2022

An irresistible story of a woman remaking her life after her husband’s betrayal leads to a year of travel, art, and passion in Paris, from the award-winning author of This Close to Okay.
 
Vincent, having grown up as the privileged daughter of artists, has a lovely life in many ways.


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Sharp-edged and sexy, Half-Blown Rose is an utterly intoxicating story of love, betrayal, and loyalty

Sallie Bingham: Little Brother

Event date: 

Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 7:00pm
CANCELED
Louisville, KY 40206

UPDATE: Due to transportation complications beyond our control, the Sallie Bingham appearance has been indefinitely postponed

 

Readers familiar with Sallie Bingham’s 1989 memoir, Passion and Prejudice, will remember her provocative chronicle of the Bingham family saga, cited by Gloria Steinem as “a major step toward feminist change and democracy.” In Little Brother, she reflects on just one of her siblings: the youngest son Jonathan and his all-too brief life. The book begins with a count she calls her “dreadful list” of nine close relatives who died by accident, suicide, overdose, exposure to the elements, and electrocution, all before the age of 50. Jonathan was only twenty-two years old when he climbed a pole, hoping to rig up some lighting for a barn party and, by some fluke, grabbed a live wire. But even before his fatal fall to the ground, the boy suffered from insecurity, isolation, and difficulty relating to his large family. Bingham draws from archived material, chief among them the young man’s journal and letters. She writes his short history with obvious affection and tenderness, along with more than a dash of survival guilt. Little Brother is a moving and honest new work.

 

Sallie Bingham is the author of fifteen books, including most recently Treason: a Sallie Bingham Reader; Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke; The Blue Box: Three Lives in Letters; and Mending: New & Selected Short Stories. The latter collection won a Gold Medal in Fiction from Foreword Magazine in 2012 and she’s been included in both Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. Bingham is founder of the Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History at Duke University, publisher of The American Voice, from 1989 to 1998 and Book Editor at The Courier Journal from 1983-1989. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, along with many other honors. She lives in Santa Fe with her dog Pip.

 

 

PRAISE FOR LITTLE BROTHER:

“Brava, Sallie Bingham, for an intimate and courageous portrait of the complexities of her family in all its pose, love and need for emotional distractions. This compelling personal story is set against the backdrop of decades of world history, and in part reflects the American character, its values, and thus the consequences. I was totally immersed.”
—Joan Brooks Baker, author of The Magnolia Code

“As Sallie Bingham tells it, her brother Jonathan was a deeply sensitive boy and young man who was ravaged by inherited privilege and familial neglect. In this riveting memoir, she searches for the meaning in her little brother’s sad, truncated life. I couldn't put the book down.”
—Polly Howells

PAST PRAISE FOR SALLIE BINGHAM:

“There are many accounts of the Bingham family saga, but no other by someone who was there. For the first time, a gifted writer born into a family of inherited wealth and power takes us with her behind the doors of that patriarchal hothouse. Passion and Prejudice is a major step toward feminist change and democracy.”
—Gloria Steinem

“Selected from five decades’ work, [the stories of Mending] distill the mysterious glow that lives emanate as they recede into the past, and confirm Bingham’s place in the front rank of practitioners of this elusive genre.”
—The New Yorker

“Fans of women’s history and devotees of Southern family sagas will enjoy taking this detour into nonfiction territory.”
—Library Journal

“Bingham’s work, including favorites such as “The Wedding” and “Sweet Peas,” remains sharp and deliciously unsettling, ripe for discovery by a new generation of readers.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Little Brother By Sallie Bingham Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781946448989
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Published: Sarabande Books - May 17th, 2022

Readers familiar with Sallie Bingham's 1989 memoir, Passion and Prejudice, will remember her provocative chronicle of the Bingham family saga, cited by Gloria Steinem as "a major step toward feminist change and democracy."



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UPDATE: Due to transportation complications beyond our control, the Sallie Bingham appearance has been indefinitely postponed.

Emily Bingham with Crystal Wilkinson: My Old Kentucky Home

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7:00pm
TBA
Louisville, KY 40204

Library Author Series hosts two award-winning Kentucky authors, in conversation

Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. at the Main Library

301 York St, Louisville, KY 40203

Register HERE

The long journey of an American song, from its enormous success in the early 1850s, written by a white man, considered the father of American music, about a Black man being sold downriver, performed for decades by white men in blackface, and the song, an anthem of longing and pain, turned upside down and, over time, becoming a celebration of happy plantation life.

 

LOUISVILLE (April 8, 2022) — The Louisville Free Public Library’s Craig Buthod Author Series welcomes to the stage Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson (Perfect Black) and historian Emily Bingham (My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song) in conversation at the Main Library (301 York Street) on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. These two award-winning Kentucky authors will discuss their latest works, which offer fresh new perspectives on the Bluegrass state, both past and present.

 

The event is free, but registration is requested: LFPL.org/Registration or call (502) 574-1644. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Carmichael’s Bookstore.

 

About the Authors

Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson is the award-winning author of Perfect Black, a memoir in verse, which explores rural black girlhood, religion, sexual abuse, and growing up in Southern Appalachia. An Associate Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Kentucky, Wilkinson is the recipient of a 2022 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry, a 2021 O. Henry Prize, a 2020 USA Artists Fellowship, and a 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

 

Writer and historian Emily Bingham was born into a journalism family. A Louisville native, her writings and reviews have appeared in VogueOhio Valley HistoryNewsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. Bingham’s latest book, My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song, examines the history of Stephen Foster’s iconic song. From its enormous success in the 1850s through its twenty-first-century reassessment, Bingham explores the song’s history and permutations, bridging a nation’s fraught disconnect between history and warped illusion, revealing the country’s ever evolving self.

 

 

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My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song By Emily Bingham Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525520795
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Published: Knopf - May 3rd, 2022

The long journey of an American song, passed down from generation to generation, bridging a nation’s fraught disconnect between history and warped illusion, revealing the country's ever evolving self.


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)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780813151151
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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 long journey of an American song, initially an anthem of longing and pain, turned upside down

Dolly Parton and James Patterson - Run Rose Run

Event date: 

Sunday, March 6, 2022 - 7:30pm
Virtual
Louisville, KY 40204

Little, Brown and Company, in partnership with the American Booksellers Associationinvites you to participate in a one-night virtual event with legendary music icon Dolly Parton and the world's number one bestselling author James Patterson to celebrate the publication of Run Rose Run (on-sale March 7, 2022). This can't miss LIVE virtual event will take place on Sunday, March 6, at 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT. The cost of the event ticket will include a copy of Run Rose Run. Follow the link below to purchase your copy and receive exclusive entry to this one-of-a-kind event!

Run, Rose, Run: A Novel By James Patterson, Dolly Parton Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780759554344
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 7th, 2022

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller—a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.


Every song tells a story. 

She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. 


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A one-night virtual event with legendary music icon Dolly Parton and the world's number one bestselling author James Patterson!

Carmichael's Community Book Club: Klara and the Sun

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

2720 Frankfort Avenue

Masks are required for in-person events.

 

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is “an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures…a poignant meditation on love and loneliness” (The Associated Press). • A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick!

“What stays with you in ‘Klara and the Sun’ is the haunting narrative voice—a genuinely innocent, egoless perspective on the strange behavior of humans obsessed and wounded by power, status and fear.” —Booker Prize committee

Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

 

 

KAZUO ISHIGURO was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight previous works of fiction have earned him many honors around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over fifty languages, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold more than 2 million copies. He was given a knighthood in 2018 for Services to Literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan.

 

One of the most affecting and profound novels Ishiguro has written….I’ll go for broke and call Klara and the Sun a masterpiece that will make you think about life, mortality, the saving grace of love: in short, the all of it.”
Maureen Corrigan, NPR

“A delicate, haunting story, steeped in sorrow and hope.”
Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“What stays with you in ‘Klara and the Sun’ is the haunting narrative voice—a genuinely innocent, egoless perspective on the strange behavior of humans obsessed and wounded by power, status and fear.” —Booker Prize committee

“It aspires to enchantment, or to put it another way, reenchantment, the restoration of magic to a disenchanted world. Ishiguro drapes realism like a thin cloth over a primordial cosmos. Every so often, the cloth slips, revealing the old gods, the terrible beasts, the warring forces of light and darkness.”
Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic

“Ishiguro’s prose is soft and quiet. It feels like the perfect book to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon. He allows the story to unfold slowly and organically, revealing enough on every page to continue piquing the reader’s curiosity. The novel is an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures…a poignant meditation on love and loneliness”
 Maggie Sprayregen, The Associated Press

“For four decades now, Ishiguro has written eloquently about the balancing act of remembering without succumbing irrevocably to the past. Memory and the accounting of memory, its burdens and its reconciliation, have been his subjects… Klara and the Sun complements [Ishiguro’s] brilliant vision…There’s no narrative instinct more essential, or more human.”
The New York Times Book Review

 “A prayer is a postcard asking for a favor, sent upward. Whether our postcards are read by anyone has become the searching doubt of Ishiguro’s recent novels, in which this master, so utterly unlike his peers, goes about creating his ordinary, strange, godless allegories.”
James Wood, The New Yorker

“One of the joys of Ishiguro’s novels is the way they recall and reframe each other, almost like the same stories told in different formats…Again and again, Ishiguro asks: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to have a self? And how much of that self can and should we give to others?”
NPR

“Moving and beautiful… an unequivocal return to form, a meditation in the subtlest shades on the subject of whether our species will be able to live with everything it has created… [A] feverish read, [a] one-sitter…  Few writers who’ve ever lived have been able to create moods of transience, loss and existential self-doubt as Ishiguro has — not art about the feelings, but the feelings themselves.”
The Los Angeles Times

“As with Ishiguro’s other works, the rich inner reflections of his protagonists offer big takeaways, and Klara’s quiet but astute observations of human nature land with profound gravity…This dazzling genre-bending work is a delight.”
Publishers Weekly [starred review]

“A haunting fable of a lonely, moribund world that is entirely too plausible.”
Kirkus Reviews [starred review]

Praise from the UK:


“There is something so steady and beautiful about the way Klara is always approaching connection, like a Zeno’s arrow of the heart. People will absolutely love this book, in part because it enacts the way we learn how to love. Klara and the Sun is wise like a child who decides, just for a little while, to love their doll. “What can children know about genuine love?” Klara asks. The answer, of course, is everything.”
—Anne Enright, The Guardian

“Flawless… This is a novel for fans of Never Let Me Go, with which it shares a DNA of emotional openness, the quality of letting us see ourselves from the outside, and a vision of humanity which — while not exactly optimistic — is tender, touching and true.”
—John Self, The Times

“With its hushed intensity of emotion, this fable about robot love and loneliness confirms Ishiguro as a master prose stylist.”
—Ian Thomson, The Evening Standard

“It is innocence that forms Ishiguro’s major subject, explored in novels at once familiar and strange, which only gradually display their true and devastating significance.”
—Jon Day, The Financial Times

“The novel is a masterpiece of great beauty, meticulous control and, as ever, clear, simple prose.”
—Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times

“A deft dystopian fable about the innocence of a robot that asks big questions about existence”
The Financial Times

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Klara and the Sun: A novel (Vintage International) By Kazuo Ishiguro Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780593311295
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Published: Vintage - March 1st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is “an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures ... a poignant meditation on love and loneliness” (The Associated Press).


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As with Ishiguro’s other works, the rich inner reflections of his protagonists offer big takeaways, and Klara’s quiet but astute observations of human nature land with profound gravity…This dazzling genre-bending work is a delight.” —Publishers Weekly

Kim Michele Richardson launches The Book Woman's Daughter

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 6:30pm
Virtual
Louisville, KY 40204

Kim Michele Richardson is back with THE BOOK WOMAN'S DAUGHTER. We are excited to host this VIRTUAL launch where Kim will be in conversation with the fab Bren McLain! Purchase of the new book gives you access to this event. The event link will be emailed prior to the event. To order, please click below.

We will have HAND SIGNED copies of the hardcover and paperback of THE BOOK WOMAN'S DAUGHTER.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Bestselling historical fiction author Kim Michele Richardson is back with the perfect book club read following Honey Lovett, the daughter of the beloved Troublesome book woman, who must fight for her own independence with the help of the women who guide her and the books that set her free.

In the ruggedness of the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned, Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from the law all her life. But when her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free, or risk being sent away for good.

Picking up her mother's old packhorse library route, Honey begins to deliver books to the remote hollers of Appalachia. Honey is looking to prove that she doesn't need anyone telling her how to survive. But the route can be treacherous, and some folks aren't as keen to let a woman pave her own way.

If Honey wants to bring the freedom books provide to the families who need it most, she's going to have to fight for her place, and along the way, learn that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world. 

The Book Woman's Daughter: A Novel By Kim Michele Richardson Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781728252995
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 3rd, 2022

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

"A powerful portrait of the courageous women who fought against ignorance, misogyny, and racial prejudice." —William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of This Tender Land and Lightning Strike


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Bestselling historical fiction author Kim Michele Richardson is back with the perfect book club read following Honey Lovett, the daughter of the beloved Troublesome book woman

Independent Bookstore Day

Event date: 

Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 9:00am to 8:00pm
Carmichael's Bookstores
Louisville, KY 40206

One Day. Fifty States. Hundreds Of Bookstores. Join The Celebration!

This national one-day party held the last Saturday in April celebrates independent bookstores across the country online and in-store.

Click here to see Independent Bookstore Day 2022 exclusive products.

 

...Plus: Join us from 6pm to 7pm for a poetry reading from Jeremy Paden and Nadiia Lypova. Interweaving poetry about the Spanish colonialism of the Americas alongside poetry from the current invasion of Ukraine, this reading is sure to evoke insightful conversation. Bridging language and hemispheres, poetry defies divides.

A prolific poet, Jeremy Paden published his first chapbook of poetry, Broken Tulips, in 2013. He has also published work in Now & Then: The Appalachian MagazineHinchas de Poesía!The Adirondack ReviewArtichoke HaircutAbuelas hispanas desde la memoria y el recuerdo (an anthology about Hispanic grandmothers), and So Spoke the Earth (an anthology about Haiti). He is a member of the Affrilachian Poets.

Ukrainian poetry scholar and translator Nadiia Lypova, PhD, is a Research Associate, Hematology and Oncology Department, School of Medicine, University of Louisville. Born in Sumy, Ukraine, she lived for 10 years in Kyiv, Ukraine, before moving to Louisville in 2014. She hosted the Celebration of Ukrainian Poetry earlier this month: suggested reading can be found HERE.

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One Day. Fifty States. Hundreds Of Bookstores. Join The Celebration!

Mike Pratt and Tom Leach talk Kentucky Basketball

Event date: 

Sunday, February 20, 2022 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Register to attend the event HERE

Masks are required for in-person events

 

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Since 2002, Mike Pratt and Tom Leach have been as much a part of Kentucky basketball as Rupp Arena itself, as longtime color analysts for the UK Radio Network. This collection of candid and intimate conversations between Pratt and Leach gifts fans and readers insights into every season from 2002 to 2021—observations that only they could share. Pratt and Leach cover it all here: the games, the players, the coaches, and the moments that stood out.

Mike Pratt is color analyst for the UK Radio Network, alongside Tom Leach. Pratt was a three-year letterwinner under legendary coach Adolph Rupp at the University of Kentucky from 1967 through 1970. Tom Leach began his work on the UK Radio Network in 1989 as host of the postgame scoreboard and call-in shows. Eight years later, he was named the play-by-play voice for Kentucky football, adding basketball to his responsibilities in 2001. Leach is an acclaimed sports journalist whose honors include two Eclipse Awards for Thoroughbred racing coverage and six Sportscaster of the Year awards for Kentucky from the National Sports Media Association.

 

 

Twenty years for Tom and Mike. Can you believe that? And more than half of that time working with me. It's been great fun and I know our fans are going to love reliving so many special moments that they have had a chance to witness from their courtside seat on the UK Sports Network. It's the perfect gift for any Wildcat fan.

-John Calipari, head coach of the University of Kentucky Men's Basketball team

Nobody has seen more Kentucky games than Tom Leach and Mike Pratt, with the insiders' information and expert knowledge of one of the most iconic programs in sports. I can't wait to read their insights and views from their two decades on the sidelines and in the locker room. What an amazing opportunity for hoops fans!

-Jay Bilas, ESPN

If you are a basketball lover like I am, and especially if you are an avid Kentucky basketball fan, you will absolutely love the book by Mike Pratt and Tom Leach. They share many magical moments from their days calling the games for the last 20 years and have a great feel for the Kentucky basketball program and what transpires on a daily basis. Read this book and learn so much about Kentucky basketball. In fact, I would simply say this book is Awesome Baby with a capital A!

-Dick Vitale, ESPN

Kentucky Basketball: Two Decades Behind the Scenes By Tom Leach, Mike Pratt, Ralph E. Hacker (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Tom Leach, Mike Pratt, Ralph E. Hacker (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780813187242
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Published: Mike Pratt and Tom Leach - November 23rd, 2021

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