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Kevin Gibson

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206


Keep Louisville Weird!

Think of this book as a scavenger hunt of sorts for Kentucky's largest city– covering the strange, the surprising, the silly locales, history, and facts. From the legendary birthplace of the cheeseburger (or so the story goes) to the home of the "Happy Bithday" song. Secret Louisville will serve as the hometown tour guide you didn't know you needed. You won't want to miss this free signing and presentation from the author that brought us 100 Things To Do in Louisville Before You Die, Kevin Gibson. 

Kevin Gibson is a Louisville-based freelance author of Secret LouisvilleHe writes about everything from food, beer, entertainment tourism. You've probably seen his work in LEO Weekly and on In his 25 years as a professional writer, he has won numerous journalism awards and is author of Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft (2014).

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Published: Reedy Press - March 30th, 2017

Where would you find a professional recording studio that doubles as a funeral parlor? That would be Louisville. Or a hidden set of steps that connects two key parts of an historic neighborhood? Also Louisville. Or even the last ruins of a once-elite neighborhood of mansions owned by New Orleans millionaires? That would be Louisville as well.

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ISBN: 9781681060316
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Published: Reedy Press - April 1st, 2016

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Glennon Doyle in conversation with Alexandra Elle

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Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 7:30pm
1295 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

Join us for an evening with our author ambassador Glennon Doyle to celebrate bookstores, readers, and the entire bookish ecosystem.

Pay-what-you-can tickets to benefit booksellers via the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

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"[Booksellers] are — always — people who believe in and deeply invest in communities and art and ideas. And during this pandemic, in which we have lost one local indie per week, we need to prioritize investing in these local businesses who invest so much in us." —Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, as well as the New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior. An activist, speaker, and thought leader, she is also the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization that has revolutionized grassroots philanthropy — raising over $25 million for women, families, and children in crisis, with a most frequent donation of just $25. Glennon was named among OWN Network’s SuperSoul100 inaugural group as one of 100 “awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.” She lives in Florida with her wife and three children.

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Bourbon Tasting with Susan Reigler

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Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 7:00pm

Saturday, April 24th @ 7pm - VIRTUAL EVENT

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Join Susan Reigler as she guides you in a tasting of Kentucky bourbons. Each registrant may stop by the store before the event to pick up paired snack packages with which to enhance their tasting experience! We will also have on-hand copies signed by Susan and Peggy Noe Stevens’ newest epicurean guidebook, Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon?, also available below.

Susan will be illuminating the experience of tasting both a traditional (Old Forrester) and a wheated bourbon (Maker’s Mark), which are available for purchase in mini bottles at The Wine Rack.  If you’re looking to enhance your appreciation of the nuances of Kentucky’s fine elixir, and especially if you enjoy spirit tasting as an aspect of local travel or entertaining guests, you won’t want to miss this! Invite a friend!


"Reading this book made me feel excited about all the parties and gatherings I will have once [the pandemic is] over. I have a renewed sense of the urgency to show friends and loved ones how much they mean to me, and what better way to do that than with a bourbon tasting party." -- Alcohol Professor


Among award-winning writer Susan Reigler’s books are Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide (3rd ed.), The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, The Bourbon Tasting Notebook (2nd ed.), and The American Whiskey Tasting Notebook.  Her latest, co-authored with Peggy Noe Stevens, is Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? – Setting the Table for Tastings, Food Pairings, Dinner, and Cocktail Parties, was released in 2020.

From 1992 to 2005, Reigler was restaurant critic and beverage columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Currently she is a contributing writer to Bourbon+, American Whiskey Magazine (for which she writes whiskey tasting notes and ratings), LEO Weekly, and is bourbon columnist for Food & Dining and Covey Rise magazines.

Reigler is past president of the Bourbon Women Association and has hosted tastings and been featured in whiskey festivals throughout the United States, including in Chicago, New Orleans, Savannah, Seattle, Louisville, and Smithfield, Virginia. From 2020 to 2021 she served as president of Kentucky chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, an organization of women culinary professionals. She is a Certified Executive Bourbon Steward, a member of the Order of the Writ, and a graduate of Indiana and Oxford Universities.



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ISBN: 9781949669091
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Published: South Limestone - May 2nd, 2020

A good bottle of bourbon should be enjoyed in good company. During their travels in bourbon country and beyond to conduct tastings and seminars, entertainment experts Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler often heard the question, "How do I do this in my home?" This book is their definitive answer.

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Join Susan Reigler as she guides you in the tasting of Kentucky's finest elixir.

Brooke Lauren Davis in conversation with Anne Bogel

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Monday, May 24, 2021 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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Join us for a live, in-person event at Carmichael's new events space for the launch of Brooke Lauren Davis' exciting debut novel! Attendance will be limited, masks are required. Any web or in person orders made before the end of the event will receive a signed copy of this promising author's first novel.


A gripping, twisty, thought-provoking YA debut about a girl caught in a web of betrayal and revenge, for fans of Sadie.

Phoenix and mom Nina have spent years on the road, using their charm and wits to swindle and steal to get by. Now they’ve made it to their ultimate destination, Mom’s hometown of Jasper Hollow. The plan: bring down Ellis Bowman, the man who ruined Nina’s life.
After Phoenix gets caught spying, she spins a convincing story that inadvertently gives her full access to the Bowman family. As she digs deeper into their secrets, she finds herself entrenched in the tale of a death and a disappearance that doesn’t entirely line up with what Mom has told her. Who, if anyone, is telling the whole truth?
Debut author Brooke Lauren Davis explores the murkiness of right and wrong, of choices and consequences and heroes and villains, in an eerily compelling and wholly satisfying small-town saga.


Brooke Lauren Davis grew up in a small town in Southern Ohio, graduated with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Franklin College, and now lives in Louisville, Kentucky. An indie bookseller, she’s long been drawn to stories about small towns with big secrets. This is her debut novel. @bdaviswriter •

Anne Bogel is an author, the creator of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy, and host of What Should I Read Next? podcast. Her newest book Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life came out on March 3, 2020.

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Published: Bloomsbury YA - May 25th, 2021

Sadie meets The Glass Castle in a smart, gripping, and twisty YA debut about a girl seeking to reveal the truth about her mother-and herself.

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Ouita Michel in conversation with Ed Lee

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 7:00pm

Ouita Michel in conversation with Ed Lee in a virtual event May 11th, 7pm.

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Beloved and nationally acclaimed Kentucky chef-restaurateurs go tete-a-tete about Ouita's delightful new cookbook, Just a Few Miles South: Timeless Recipes from our Favorite Places, featured recently in the Courier Journal

"Just a Few Miles South: Timeless Recipes from our Favorite Places" features 150 recipes for popular menu items at Windy Corner MarketWallace StationThe Midway Bakery & Cafe and other Michel restaurants.

In her long-awaited book, Michel shares stories of these recipes, the restaurants and staffs that cook and serve them, her love for the personalities who dine at her tables throughout the Bluegrass State and who often inspired dishes."

Ouita Michel is a six-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee, including nominations for Outstanding Restaurateur and Best Chef Southeast. Michel and her restaurants are regularly featured in local and national media, such as the New York Times, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Food Network, and the Cooking Channel. She was a guest judge on Bravo's Top Chef series. She lives in Midway, Kentucky.

Join us for this terrific event, sure to be loved by any foodie, entertainer, and lover of southern flavors. 

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By Ouita Michel, Sara Gibbs (Editor), Genie Graf (Editor)
ISBN: 9781950564095
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Published: Fireside Industries - April 27th, 2021

For twenty years, diners in the Bluegrass have been able to satisfy their cravings for Ouita Michel's sustainable, farm-to-table cuisine at her many acclaimed restaurants. Each restaurant -- from Wallace Station to Holly Hill Inn -- features dishes that combine Kentucky's bounty with Michel's celebrated vision.

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David Arnold and Silas House

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 7:00pm

Thurs. April 1 @ 7PM - VIRTUAL EVENT

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David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky,with his (lovely) wife and (creative) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland, Kids of Appetite,& The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, which has been optioned for film by Paramount.

Silas House is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including one for young adults (Eli the Good) and one for middle graders, Same Sun Here.  He has most recently been published in The Atlantic, Time, The New York Times, Ecotone, and many other publications. He teaches in the Spalding School of Writing and serves as the NEH Chair at Berea College. 

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ISBN: 9780593202227
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - February 9th, 2021

New York Times bestseller David Arnold's most ambitious novel to date; Station Eleven meets The 5th Wave in a genre-smashing story of survival, hope, and love amid a ravaged earth.

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ISBN: 9781949467246
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Published: Blair - July 7th, 2020

In his New York Times bestselling debut novel, Silas House introduced himself as an important voice for Appalachia, and indeed, for the entire rural South.

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JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 by Fredrik Logevall

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Louisville, KY

The Filson Historical Society's Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series Presents

Fredrik Logevall

JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century 1917-1956

Tuesday, April 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
Live, Virtual Lecture via Zoom 
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By the time of his assassination in 1963, John F. Kennedy stood at the helm of the greatest power the world had ever seen, a booming American nation that he had steered through some of the most perilous diplomatic standoffs of the Cold War. Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had become among Boston’s wealthiest, Kennedy knew political ambition from an early age, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president cemented his status as one of the most mythologized figures in American history. And while hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have come and gone in the decades since his untimely death, these accounts all fail to capture the full person. 
Beckoned by this gap in our historical knowledge, Fredrik Logevall has spent much of the last decade searching for the “real” JFK. The result of this prodigious effort is a sweeping two-volume biography that properly contextualizes Kennedy amidst the roiling American Century. This volume spans the first thirty-nine years of JFK’s life—from birth through his decision to run for president—to reveal his early relationships, his formative experiences during World War II, his ideas, his writings, his political aspirations. In examining these pre–White House years, Logevall shows us a more serious, independently minded Kennedy than we’ve previously known, whose distinct international sensibility would prepare him to enter national politics at a critical moment in modern U.S. history.  
Along the way, Logevall tells the parallel story of America’s midcentury rise. As Kennedy comes of age, we see the charged debate between isolationists and interventionists in the years before Pearl Harbor; the tumult of the Second World War, through which the United States emerged as a global colossus; the outbreak and spread of the Cold War; the domestic politics of anti-Communism and the attendant scourge of McCarthyism; the growth of television’s influence on politics; and more.  
JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917–1956 is a sweeping history of the United States in the middle decades of the twentieth century, as well as the clearest portrait we have of this enigmatic American icon. 

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ISBN: 9780812997132
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Published: Random House - September 8th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian takes us as close as we have ever been to the real John F. Kennedy in this revelatory biography of the iconic, yet still elusive, thirty-fifth president.

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Eleanor by David Michaelis

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Louisville, KY

The Filson Historical Society's Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series Presents David Michaelis discussing Eleanor

Thursday, February 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
Live, Virtual Lecture via Zoom 
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When David Michaelis met First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, he was four years old and couldn’t have known that he’d later devote 11 years to studying the great “white-haired lady.” Backstage at the WGBH-TV studio where his mother produced Eleanor’s show, Prospects of Mankind, he simply asked her for a stick of Juicy Fruit gum. Now with Eleanor, Prizewinning biographer David Michaelis pulls back the curtain and delves into Roosevelt’s inner life as never before with this revelatory, intimate, and bold new cradle-to-grave look at one of the 20th Century’s greatest figures. 


Eleanor Roosevelt spent most of her life in the spotlight, rising from a shy, self-conscious girl from a well-known wealthy family to an iconic First Lady and activist, yet few really knew her. Featuring new interviews and resources that no biographer has previously referenced, Michaelis recounts Eleanor’s troubled childhood with an alcoholic father and affectless mother, her complicated marriage and partnership with the great President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, her trailblazing 12 years as First Lady, and her humanitarian accomplishments.  


ELEANOR chronicles not only the timeline of her life and achievements, such as guiding the drafting of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but gives us a universally relatable story of a great woman’s lifelong search for love. Michaelis has a lively cinematic style and the lengthy odyssey flies by, as many of the best biographies do, and reaffirms her as an epic perennial figure of democracy whom the world treasures.  


This masterful depiction promises to be the definitive biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, in the vein of David W. Blight’s biography of Frederick Douglass and Ron Chernow’s of Ulysses S. Grant.

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ISBN: 9781439192016
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 6th, 2020

New York Times Bestseller

Prizewinning bestselling author David Michaelis presents a “stunning” (The Wall Street Journal) breakthrough portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt, America’s longest-serving First Lady, an avatar of democracy whose ever-expanding agency as diplomat, activist, and humanitarian made her one of the world’s most widely admired a

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Charles Dodd White and Jesse Graves

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Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 7:00pm

Jesse Graves is the author of the poetry collections TENNESSEE LANDSCAPE WITH BLIGHTED PINE, BASIN GHOSTS, and SPECTER MOUNTAIN. His work received the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and two Weatherford Awards from Berea College. Graves teaches at East Tennessee State University, where he is poet-in-residence and professor of English.

Charles Dodd White is the author of four novels, including two from Swallow Press: How Fire Runs and In the House of Wilderness. He has received the Appalachian Book of the Year Award and the Chaffin Award for his fiction. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is an associate professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College.


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ISBN: 9780804012287
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Published: Swallow Press - October 13th, 2020

A chilling, timely reminder of the moral and human costs of racial hatred.

What happens when a delusional white supremacist and his army of followers decide to create a racially pure “Little Europe” within a rural Tennessee community?

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Published: Mercer University Press - October 1st, 2020

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H. W. Brands - Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture

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Monday, December 14, 2020 - 6:00pm

The Filson Historical Society Presents:

Monday, December 14, 6:00 p.m. – REGISTER HERE

John Brown was a charismatic and deeply religious man who heard the God of the Old Testament speaking to him, telling him to destroy slavery by any means. When Congress opened Kansas territory to slavery in 1854, Brown raised a band of followers to wage war. His men tore pro-slavery settlers from their homes and hacked them to death with broadswords. Three years later, Brown and his men assaulted the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, hoping to arm slaves with weapons for a race war that would cleanse the nation of slavery.

Brown’s violence pointed ambitious Illinois lawyer and former officeholder Abraham Lincoln toward a different solution to slavery: politics. Lincoln spoke cautiously and dreamed big, plotting his path back to Washington and perhaps to the White House. Yet his caution could not protect him from the vortex of violence Brown had set in motion. After Brown’s arrest, his righteous dignity on the way to the gallows led many in the North to see him as a martyr to liberty. Southerners responded with anger and horror to a terrorist being made into a saint. Lincoln shrewdly threaded the needle between the opposing voices of the fractured nation and won election as president. But the time for moderation had passed, and Lincoln’s fervent belief that democracy could resolve its moral crises peacefully faced its ultimate test.

The Zealot and the Emancipator is acclaimed historian H. W. Brands’s thrilling and page-turning account of how two American giants shaped the war for freedom.

H. W. BRANDS holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography forThe First American and Traitor to His Class

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