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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 InsiderLouisville.com. 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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ISBN: 9781681060712
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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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Brian Leung

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Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40204

Brian Leung, also the author of World Famous Love Acts, Lost men, Take me Home, is a past recipient of the Lambda Literary outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize. Other honors include the Asian-American Literary Award, Willa Award, and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Brian’s fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Story, Ocean State Review, Numero Cinq, Crazyhorse, Grain, Gulf Coast, Kinesis, The Barcelona Review, Mid-American Review, Salt Hill, Gulf Stream, River City, Runes, The Bellingham Review, Hyphen, Velocity, The Connecticut Review, Blithe House Quarterly, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Crowd. He is the current Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University.


He will be reading from his new book Ivy vs. Dogg.

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ISBN: 9781936196630
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Published: C & R Press - May 1st, 2018

Teenage Ivy Simmons has a longstanding rivalry with Jimmy, “Dogg,” Doggins, high school tennis star, and hometown hero. Their sparring comes to a head when the town of Mudlick’s annual Jr. Mr. Mayor election is announced and Ivy becomes the first female ever to run. Mudlick’s busybody leaders, known as “the committee” do not approve, especially when Ivy reveals that she is pregnant.

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David Daley

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Friday, March 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

David Daley is the author of the national best-seller "Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count" and one of the country's leading authorities on gerrymandering. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Washington Post and many other major publications, and he is a regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Comedy Central, NPR and throughout the media.

David is the former editor in chief of Salon, and in his five years there led the pioneering online publication to its greatest journalistic heights and also tripled its readership.

His second book, "The Uprising," a chronicle of the Trump resistance, will be published by Norton in 2019.

He spent five years in Louisville as the lifestyles manager at the Courier-Journal, from 2006-2010.


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ISBN: 9781631493218
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 4th, 2017

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A Very Prickly Story Time

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Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

We will be celebrating all things prickly-porcupines, hedgehogs and cacti-with stories and crafts. (Plus, a special animal guest) We hope to see you there! This special prickly story time will be held at our Frankfort Ave. location.

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Ed Lee

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Edward Lee is the author of Smoke & Pickles; chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Kentucky; and culinary director of Succotash in National Harbor, Maryland, and Penn Quarter, Washington, DC. He appears frequently in print and on television, including earning an Emmy nomination for his role in the Emmy Award-winning series The Mind of a Chef. Most recently, he wrote and hosted the feature documentary Fermented. He lives in Louisville and Washington, DC.


Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579657383
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Published: Artisan Publishers - April 17th, 2018

"Thoughtful, well researched, and truly moving. Shines a light on what it means to cook and eat American food, in all its infinitely nuanced and ever-evolving glory."
--Anthony Bourdain

Named one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Food Books for Spring 2018

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One Blue Wall - Literary Magazine Event

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Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

Recently nominated for the NSPA Pacemaker Award, One Blue Wall is an innovative publication that produces and encourages creative media within the Louisville student population. They strive to foster an artistic community and provide opportunities to showcase the local youth while developing their own individual talents as a staff from duPont Manual High School. Please join us a for a reading and lit mag signing!


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Victoria Price

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

THE WAY OF BEING LOST tells not only a story of a transformation, but also includes actionable ideas for readers who are looking for their own way of being lost — and how to find, accept, and even love themselves for who they truly are. 

Victoria Price is the author of critically acclaimed "Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography". A popular inspirational speaker on topics ranging from art collecting and design to creativity and spirituality, as well as the life of her famous father, Price has appeared on Good Morning America, A&E’s Biography, and NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and “Morning Edition” and her work has been featured in USA Today, People, Travel & Leisure, Art & Auction, and the New York Times. Please join us for a reading and book signing of her new book “The Way of Being Lost”.

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ISBN: 9780486816050
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Published: Ixia Press - February 14th, 2018

After a tumultuous period of crisis, Victoria Price rebuilt her life by embracing a daily practice of joy, healing childhood wounds and reconnecting to the example set by her father Vincent, the famed actor.

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Robert Gipe

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Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206


Robert Gipe lives in Harlan, Kentucky, and grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. His fiction has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Still, Motif, and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. Please join us for a reading and book signing from his new novel, “Weedeater”.

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ISBN: 9780821423097
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Published: Ohio University Press - March 1st, 2018

Weedeater is a contemporary story of love and loss told by a pair of eastern Kentucky mountaineers. Gene is a lovelorn lawnman who bears witness to the misadventures of a family entangled in drugs, artmaking, and politics, a family beset by environmental and self-destruction. And a young mother, Dawn Jewell, is at the center of the family.

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Carmichael’s Kids Spring Book Club

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Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 4:00pm
1313 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

Author and Illustrator Peter Brown is coming to Louisville! We are hosting a special book club (best for ages 8-11) in advance of his visit to the Main Library. There will be special reserved seating for book club members and their families at the library event. Book club books are always 20% off for book club members!

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ISBN: 9780316381994
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

Wall-E meets Hatchet in this New York Times bestselling illustrated middle grade novel from Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown
Can a robot survive in the wilderness?

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One Book, One Louisville

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Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Rd
Louisville, KY 40206


Louisville Free Public Library’s One Book Louisville

presents George Orwell’s 1984


Louisville Free Public Library is proud to announce that George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 will be the focus of One Book Louisville program in February. One Book Louisville is a community reading program designed to bring people from all walks of life together around a book chosen for its ability to prompt lively conversation and debate.

The kickoff discussion will be held at the Main Library on February 1 (6:30-8 p.m.) with subsequent discussions at Carmichael’s Bookstore on Frankfort Avenue, at the Middletown Library, and one just for teens at the Highlands-Shelby Park Library.  The series will also include a faculty panel discussion on the political and cultural implications of Orwell’s vision, led by Dr. Roger Payne, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Louisville, and moderated by Kate Howard of WFPL’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.


Books are available for checkout at local branches, or for purchase from Carmichael’s Bookstore with a 20% discount.


One Book Louisville events: 


Kick-off Book Discussion  | Thursday, February 1
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Main Branch, 301 York Street 


Teen Book Discussion  | Saturday, February 10
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Highlands-Shelby Park, 1250 Bardstown Road

For teens aged 15-19.  Refreshments provided.  Space is limited, call 574-1672 to register. 


Film Discussion  | Tuesday, February 13
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Main Branch, 301 York Street

A screening of the film post-screening discussion led by Don Whitfield, formerly of the Great Books Foundation


Carmichael’s Book Discussion | Sunday, February 18
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Carmichael’s Books, 2720 Frankfort Ave.


1984 Panel Discussion | Thursday, February 22
6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Main Branch, 301 York Street 

A panel of distinguished faculty will discuss the influence of George Orwell’s masterpiece on today’s cultural and political landscape. The panel includes University of Louisville professors Rodger Payne and Matthew Biberman, and Indiana University Southeast professor Jeffrey Perry. The discussion will be moderated by Kate Howard, WFPL’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.


Middletown Book Discussion  | Tuesday, February 27

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Middletown Branch, 200 North Juneau Drive  

1984 (Signet Classics) Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet Book -

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...

"The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command."

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ISBN: 9781328869333
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 4th, 2017

With extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell's 1984 takes on new life in this hardcover edition.

"Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power."--The New Yorker

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