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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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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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Published: Reedy Press - April 1st, 2016

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Carmichael's Loves Poetry: Kristi Maxwell & Jeffrey Skinner

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Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Dr. Kristi Maxwell is the author of six books of poetry: Bright and Hurtless (Ahsahta Press), Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books), Re- (Ahsahta), That Our Eyes Be Rigged (Saturnalia), and PLAN/K (Horseless Press). Her scholarly publications include articles on experimental writing practices and the hybrid writing of Jenny Boully and Anne Carson, and her research interests involve theories of representation and difference, textual performance, and the body. A former Elliston Poetry Fellow, she received a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature, along with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, where she served as editor-in-chief of Sonora Review. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department.

Jeffrey Skinner is Professor Emeritus at the University of Louisville, where he began his teaching career 1988. A Guggenheim Fellow, Skinner's latest full collection of poems, Chance Divine, won the Field Prize. His chapbook, White Boys from Hell, appeared in 2018 from C&R Press. He fully expects to see all his former U of L students at the reading, though he hastens to add that there will NO TEST afterward.

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Joe Keith Bickett

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Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Joe Keith Bickett lives roughly sixty miles south of Louisville in Raywick, Kentucky near the small but beautiful Rolling Fork River. In 1989, he was one of many central Kentuckians who were convicted in federal court in Louisville for his role in infamous “The Cornbread Mafia.” He served over twenty years in federal prison for growing and selling marijuana.

Since his release from federal prison in 2011, Joe Keith has worked as a law clerk and paralegal in Lebanon, Kentucky and is an avid supporter of prison reform for nonviolent offenders and legalization of marijuana.

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Flora Schildknecht

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Friday, February 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Flora K. Schildknecht has published fiction in The Louisville Review, 2nd & Church, The Chaffin Journal, and Sisyphus. Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart prize. She earned an MFA from Spalding University, where she studied fiction and screenwriting. Her love of travel has taken her to
Japan, Tanzania, Argentina, Mexico, Great Britain, and to Scandinavia and much of Europe. She lives with her husband and their son in Louisville, Kentucky, and teaches at Bellarmine University.

She and her family often enjoy weekends at their condo in the Lakeview East neighborhood of Chicago.

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Brian Haara

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Brian Haara is a Louisville attorney who found a way to combine his passions for law, bourbon, and history. He is co-managing partner of the local business litigation law firm, Tachau Meek PLC, he writes about bourbon history and law on his blog Sipp’n Corn, and was featured in the documentary Straight Up: Kentucky Bourbon. For more information about the author visit brianhaara.com.

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James Higdon

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Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

James Higdon is a native of Lebanon, Kentucky, where he was educated by the Sisters of Loretto. He holds degrees from Centre College, Brown University, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of “The Cornbread Mafia,” and works as a freelance journalist with bylines in POLITICO Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Esquire Magazine, and The Washington Post. He lives in Louisville.

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Chris McGreal

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Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

In AMERICAN OVERDOSE: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts investigative journalist Chris McGreal scrutinizes these questions by calling to account the people Americans look to protect them yet who catastrophically failed to address the crisis as the bodies piled up year after year. In parallel with heartrending insights into the devastation of opioids on families and communities, McGreal homes in on the role of Big Pharma as it poured millions of dollars into discrediting the evidence that mass prescribing was creating an epidemic. Above all, AMERICAN OVERDOSE exposes how a greedy drug industry spent years coopting and corrupting Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the medical establishment into colluding in the tragedy.

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Mickey Hess

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Born in rural Kentucky, Mickey Hess grew up listening to the militant rap of Public Enemy while living in a place where the state song still included the word “darkies.” Listening to hip-hop made Hess think about what it meant to be white, while the environment in small-town Kentucky encouraged him to avoid or even mock such self-examination.

With America’s history of cultural appropriation, we’ve come to mistrust white people who participate deeply in black culture, but backing away from black culture is too easy a solution. As a white professor with a longstanding commitment to teaching hip-hop music and culture, Hess argues that white people have a responsibility to educate themselves by listening to black voices and then teach other whites to face the ways they benefit from racial injustices.

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Published: Ig Publishing - November 13th, 2018

Born in rural Kentucky, Mickey Hess grew up listening to the militant rap of Public Enemy while living in a place where the state song still included the word "darkies." Listening to hip-hop made Hess think about what it meant to be white, while the environment in small-town Kentucky encouraged him to avoid or even mock such self-examination.


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Jessica Hopper

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Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Written in taut, mesmerizing, often hilarious scenes drawn from 2004 through 2009, Night Moves captures the fierce friendships and small moments that form us all. Drawing on her personal journals from the aughts, Jessica Hopper chronicles her time as a DJ, living in decrepit punk houses, biking to bad loft parties with her friends, exploring Chicago deep into the night. And, along the way, she creates an homage to vibrant corners of the city that have been muted by sleek development. A book birthed in the amber glow of Chicago streetlamps, Night Moves is about a transformative moment of cultural history—and how a raw, rebellious writer found her voice.

 

Jessica Hopper, Chicago, Illinois, is a music critic and the author of The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic. In a career spanning more than twenty years, Hopper has earned acclaim as a provocative, fearless writer on topics ranging from the male myopia of emo music to the ways in which commercial success may have saved Indie Rock. She was formerly the Editorial Director at MTV News, and an editor at Pitchfork and Rookie. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011, and her writing appears in New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, and Bookforum among others. Her book The Girls's Guide to Rocking was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association.
 

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Published: University of Texas Press - September 18th, 2018

Written in taut, mesmerizing, often hilarious scenes, Night Moves captures the fierce friendships and small moments that form us all. Drawing on her personal journals from the aughts, Jessica Hopper chronicles her time as a DJ, living in decrepit punk houses, biking to bad loft parties with her friends, exploring Chicago deep into the night.


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Paul Alan Ruben

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

In his newly released short story collection, Terms of Engagement: Stories of The Father and Son, Paul Alan Ruben portrays father and son as intimate enemies, each yearning to be understood, acknowledged, and validated by the other. These nine stories take place in collision territory—where father and son engage one another in uncertain terms, both desperately trying to repair the emotional damage that has led to their alienation.

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Published: Alison Larkin Presents - October 20th, 2018

"A quiet lyricism emerges from these stories and it serves to underscore their emotional impact. Ruben can touch you deeply--and he can break your heart."

--T. C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author


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