Author Event

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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E. Lockhart In Conversation with Brooke Lauren Davis

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Friday, June 10, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Main Library
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

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LFPL and Carmichael’s Bookstore are excited to announce #1 New York Times bestseller E. Lockhart—author of We Were Liars and its new prequel, Family of Liars—will be in conversation with Brooke Lauren Davis (author of After Dark with Roxie Clark and The Hollow Inside) at the Main Library on Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m.

Book signings will follow the talk and books will be available for purchase from Carmichael’s Bookstore.

Free event, but registration is requested.

We Were Liars immediately captivated readers as a sophisticated summer thriller when published in 2014. Its mysterious tone, inventive storytelling, and evocative prose gripped readers’ imaginations and has not let go in the eight years since. FAMILY OF LIARS (Delacorte Press І May 3, 2022 І Ages 12+) will arrive in the midst of a TikTok phenomenon that has vaulted #wewereliars to over 85 million views, hooked an ever-growing fandom, and pushed it to the New York Times bestseller list for 18 months during 2020 to 2022.Returning to the Sinclair family’s private island compound off the coast of Massachusetts a generation earlier, in 1987, tragedy upends what was meant to be a summer of fun, laughter, and first love. When Carrie Sinclair, the fiery, prescription drug–addicted heiress to a storied New England family’s fortune, meets the irresistible, unpredictable Lor Pfefferman, her lackadaisical summer becomes a season of unforgivable betrayal, terrible mistakes, and shocking violence.Will she forever uphold the family’s rules of keeping secrets no matter the pain? Readers will again marvel at Lockhart’s talent for surprises and masterful writing. Intense summer friendships, fraught romance, and unspeakable truths are at the core of this atypical summer read.

“A haunting confession about family allegiances; the arbitrary rules of powerful, moneyed White families; and the strength required to bear witness to terrible truths. . . . Beautiful and devastating.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Get ready for another spellbinding, shocking summer with the Sinclairs. Family of Liars is simply fantastic.”—Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

 

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Published: Delacorte Press - May 3rd, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The thrilling prequel to the TikTok phenomenon and New York Times bestseller We Were Liars takes readers back to the story of another summer, another generation, and the secrets that will haunt them for decades to come.
 
A windswept private island off the coast of Massachusetts. 


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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Don't miss the eagerly anticipated prequel, Family of Liars.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.


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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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Published: Bloomsbury YA - October 4th, 2022

From the author of The Hollow Inside comes a twisty, thought-provoking YA thriller about grief, family, and what happens when true crime hits a little too close to home.


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E. Lockhart In Conversation with Brooke Lauren Davis

Farrah Alexander in conversation with Attica Scott

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Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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From the anti-segregation sit-ins of the 1960s to the 2020 protests in response to the killing of Breonna Taylor, the rest of the nation—and often the world—has watched as Kentuckians boldly fought against injustice. In Resistance in the Bluegrass, Farrah Alexander outlines how Kentucky’s activists have opposed racism, discrimination, economic inequality, and practices that accelerate climate change; advocated for better education, more humane immigration policies, and appropriate political representation; and supported LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, while also celebrating decades of Kentucky contributions to social justice movements and the people behind them.

Resistance in the Bluegrass gives engaged citizens—and those who aim to become more engaged—inspiration and guidance for how they too can make a difference across the commonwealth. With interviews and issue-by-issue action items, Alexander reminds her readers that everyday citizens who step up to make a difference are at the heart of all social change. Optimistic and accessible, Resistance in the Bluegrass is a people’s history and guide that calls Kentuckians of all backgrounds to action.

“In Resistance in the Bluegrass, readers are taken on a journey through what has always been
a part of what makes Kentucky home for many of us—resistance—whether occupying the railroad tracks in Harlan, Kentucky, and chanting, ‘No pay, we stay!’ or occupying Injustice Square Park in downtown Louisville and chanting, ‘No justice, no peace!’

We are Kentucky—the ones who marched
in Appalachia for Black lives, and the ones
who showed up in western Kentucky to end poverty. We are Kentucky—the ones who resist corporate control over our lives, and the ones who are creating the care communities across the commonwealth. We are Kentucky—the ones who are protecting our environment, and the ones who know that healthcare is a human right.”—From the foreword by Rep. Attica Scott

 

Farrah Alexander is a writer whose work focuses on feminism, parenting, social justice, politics, and current events. Her work has been featured in HuffPost, BUST, and Scary Mommy. She is the author of Raising the Resistance: A Mother’s Guide to Practical Activism.

Attica Scott is a mother and an activist, and in 2016 defeated a 34-year incumbent to become the first Black woman elected to the Kentucky General Assembly this century. She currently serves as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from the 41st district.

 

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Published: University Press of Kentucky - May 31st, 2022

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Readers are taken on a journey through what has always been a part of what makes Kentucky home for many of us—resistance

Dan Canon's Pleading Out

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Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 7:00pm
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

Louisville Public Library

Main Branch

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A blistering critique of America’s assembly-line approach to criminal justice and the shameful practice at its core: the plea bargain 

Most Americans believe that the jury trial is the backbone of our criminal justice system. But in fact, the vast majority of cases never make it to trial: almost all criminal convictions are the result of a plea bargain, a deal made entirely out of the public eye. 

Law professor and civil rights lawyer Dan Canon argues that plea bargaining may swiftly dispose of cases, but it also fuels an unjust system. This practice produces a massive underclass of people who are restricted from voting, working, and otherwise participating in society. And while innocent people plead guilty to crimes they did not commit in exchange for lesser sentences, the truly guilty can get away with murder. 

With heart-wrenching stories, fierce urgency, and an insider’s perspective, Pleading Out  exposes the ugly truth about what’s wrong with America’s criminal justice system today—and offers a prescription for meaningful change. 

  

About the Author


Dan Canon is a civil rights lawyer and a law professor at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. In his practice, he has served as counsel for plaintiffs in the US Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which brought marriage equality to all fifty states, and in a number of other high-profile cases. He lives in southern Indiana. 
 

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“[a] well-reasoned polemic…. Full of persuasive evidence of how the courts are used by those in power to enforce the status quo, this is a cogent call for change.”—Publishers Weekly

“A full-throated denunciation of a judicial system grown lazy, complacent, and overly given to forcing confessions for its own convenience….A compelling document of interest to anyone concerned with civil rights and an equitable system of justice.”—Kirkus

The reality of the American criminal justice system, as Dan Canon illustrates, is that most defendants never get a trial, and instead are coerced into ‘plea bargains’ that are, principally, good deals for the state. Pleading Out offers a compelling critique of the practice of plea bargaining and a vision for abandoning it in order to reclaim criminal justice.—David Cole, national legal director, ACLU

To understand the tragic failure of American criminal justice, you must understand the scourge of plea bargaining. To understand plea bargaining, read this book. With riveting storytelling and sharp analysis, Canon describes the everyday monstrosity, unchecked and ruinous, lurking behind the legal system’s closed doors.—Adam Benforado, New York Times–bestselling author of Unfair

Canon questions a core tenet of American justice with a keen mind and sharp pen. Plea bargaining is held up as a necessary norm but Pleading Out exposes a system that is coercive and inequitable—while also offering hope for the future. This accessible book should be read by anyone who believes our legal system should be just.—Andrew L. Seidel, author of The Founding Myth

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Published: Basic Books - March 8th, 2022

A blistering critique of America’s assembly-line approach to criminal justice and the shameful practice at its core: the plea bargain 

Most Americans believe that the jury trial is the backbone of our criminal justice system.


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Pleading Out  exposes the ugly truth about what’s wrong with America’s criminal justice system today—and offers a prescription for meaningful change. 

Lee Cole presents Groundskeeping

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 7:00pm
15 Bellevoir Circle
Louisville, KY 40223

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An indelible love story about two very different people navigating the entanglements of class and identity and coming of age in an America coming apart at the seams—this is "an extraordinary debut about the ties that bind families together and tear them apart across generations" (Ann Patchett, best-selling author of The Dutch House).

In the run-up to the 2016 election, Owen Callahan, an aspiring writer, moves back to Kentucky to live with his Trump-supporting uncle and grandfather. Eager to clean up his act after wasting time and potential in his early twenties, he takes a job as a groundskeeper at a small local college, in exchange for which he is permitted to take a writing course.
 
Here he meets Alma Hazdic, a writer in residence who seems to have everything that Owen lacks—a prestigious position, an Ivy League education, success as a writer. They begin a secret relationship, and as they grow closer, Alma—who comes from a liberal family of Bosnian immigrants—struggles to understand Owen’s fraught relationship with family and home. 
 
Exquisitely written; expertly crafted; dazzling in its precision, restraint, and depth of feeling, Groundskeeping is a novel of haunting power and grace from a prodigiously gifted young writer.


 

About the Author


LEE COLE was born and grew up in rural Kentucky. A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he now lives in New York.

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“Scrupulously perceptive . . . Groundskeeping is filled with close observation, detailed shading. It is an absorbing love story, but it is also an examination of class in America, and it captures with sharp insight a moment in recent history.”
—Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn

“An extraordinary debut about the ties that bind families together and tear them apart across generations--this is a fierce, tender, and wholly unforgettable work from a hugely gifted writer.”
—Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House
 

"A coming-of-age story inextricably bound with a love story, Groundskeeping gets at the hard work of finding your place in the world, the burden and exhilaration of fighting for who you might be . . . It's frankly preposterous this is a debut novel when Lee Cole's writing has such ease and authority and his storytelling rings so true."
—Maggie Shipstead, author of Great Circle

Groundskeeping is a smart, funny, exhilarating debut about that time in life when you are clawing your way to a future that feels murky and impossible to reach. Lee Cole takes a hard look at our fraught cultural moment, our divides large and small, with fresh insight and wisdom and tenderness. I truly loved it.”
—Lily King, author of Euphoria and Writers & Lovers
 

"It’s one thing for a writer to have a great eye and another for him to know what it’s for. Lee Cole’s constantly roving eye is sharp and unerring and it misses exactly nothing. In his debut novel, Groundskeeping, he witnesses with great sympathy the painful passage between youth and adulthood that leaves us all the worse for wear."
—Richard Russo, author of Straight Man

“With brilliant descriptions of the rural South, Cole’s slow burn of a debut novel achingly explores the definition of home, fate, and our shared humanity." —Poornima Apte, Booklist [starred review]

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Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2022

A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK • An indelible love story about two very different people navigating the entanglements of class and identity and coming of age in an America coming apart at the seams—this is "an extraordinary debut about the ties that bind families together and tear them apart across generations" (Ann Patchett, best-selling author of The D


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Lee Cole's stunning debut presented at the Northeast Regional Library - a Kentucky story "about the ties that bind families together and tear them apart across generations." - Ann Patchett

Alan Maimon presents Twilight In Hazard

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Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

In Person Event

In Conversation with Andrew Wolfson

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“This book is harrowing, angering, and, most importantly, true.” —Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home

From investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Alan Maimon comes the story of how a perfect storm of events has had a devastating impact on life in small town Appalachia, and on the soul of a shaken nation…

When Alan Maimon got the assignment in 2000 to report on life in rural Eastern Kentucky, his editor at the Louisville Courier-Journal told him to cover the region “like a foreign correspondent would.”

And indeed, when Maimon arrived in Hazard, Kentucky fresh off a reporting stint for the New York Times’s Berlin bureau, he felt every bit the outsider. He had landed in a place in the vice grip of ecological devastation and a corporate-made opioid epidemic—a place where vote-buying and drug-motivated political assassinations were the order of the day.

While reporting on the intense religious allegiances, the bitter, bareknuckled political rivalries, and the faltering attempts to emerge from a century-long coal-based economy, Maimon learns that everything—and nothing—you have heard about the region is true. And far from being a foreign place, it is a region whose generations-long struggles are driven by quintessentially American forces.

Resisting the easy cliches, Maimon’s Twilight in Hazard gives us a profound understanding of the region from his years of careful reporting. It is both a powerful chronicle of a young reporter’s immersion in a place, and of his return years later—this time as the husband of a Harlan County coal miner’s daughter—to find the area struggling with its identity and in the thrall of Trumpism as a political ideology.

Twilight in Hazard refuses to mythologize Central Appalachia. It is a plea to move past the fixation on coal, and a reminder of the true costs to democracy when the media retreats from places of rural distress. It is an intimate portrait of a people staring down some of the most pernicious forces at work in America today while simultaneously being asked: How could you let this happen to yourselves?

Twilight in Hazard instead tells the more riveting, noirish, and sometimes bitingly humorous story of how we all let this happen.

Alan Maimon is an award-winning journalist and the author of TWILIGHT IN HAZARD (June 2021), as well as several sports books. As a reporter with the Louisville Courier-Journal, he was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. He started his professional writing career as a news assistant and sportswriter in the Berlin bureau of The New York Times. He is currently a staff investigator for Centurion Ministries, a Princeton, NJ-based nonprofit that works to vindicate and free wrongfully convicted prisoners. Maimon is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Brown University.

Andrew Wolfson is an investigative reporter with the Courier-Journal focusing on Courts & Judicial System stories.

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Published: Melville House - June 8th, 2021

Twilight in Hazard paints a more nuanced portrait of Appalachia than Vance did...[Maimon] eviscerates Vance's bestseller with stiletto precision.” —Associated Press


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From investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Alan Maimon comes the story of how a perfect storm of events has had a devastating impact on life in small town Appalachia, and on the soul of a shaken nation…

Beth Gilstrap in conversation with Jim Warner

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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Irrevocably tied to the Carolinas, these stories tell tales of the woebegone, their obsessions with decay, and the haunting ache of the region itself—the land of the dwindling pines, the isolation inherent in the mountains and foothills, and the loneliness of boomtowns. Predominantly working-class women challenge the status quo by rejecting any lingering expectations or romantic notions of Southern femininity. Small businesses are failing. Factories are closing. Money is tight. The threat of violence lingers for women and girls. Through their collective grief, heartache, and unsettling circumstances, many of these characters become feral and hell-bent on survival. Gilstrap’s prose teems with wildness and lyricism, showing the Southern gothic tradition of storytelling is alive and feverishly unwell in the twenty-first century.

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ADVANCE PRAISE

“Beth Gilstrap doesn't write stories. She creates worlds. Living, breathing, meticulously crafted ecosystems we can walk and breathe in. Around every corner is someone familiar, some bleeding wound that hasn't quite healed, some inhabitant walking through their lives independent of our gaze. These are heartbreaking worlds, but nonetheless beautiful.”—Jared Yates Sexton, author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be

“These stories are little gardens—the words blooming, the rain too.”—Leesa Cross-Smith, author of The Close to Okay

“Beth Gilstrap is a grand storyteller, and her lush, endearing Deadheading and Other Stories is a marvel. Steeped in despair, Gilstrap’s characters are lonely, wistful folk—trapped, dripping with longing, saturated with anguish and melancholy—who carve out necessary spaces of personhood in the tiny corners of their lives: making coffee, digging hands in the dirt, frying eggs in gobs of butter, reminiscing about days gone by. These characters are terrae incarnate—of this earth, drudged from it, molded and shaped by its rivers and valleys and the winding roads that go on and on, who, yet, are ever seeking, never quite settled. In this enchanting collection—with language and plotting so beautifully crafted, it stings—Gilstrap delivers us through darkness toward a hanging promise of hope, a glinting bit of fortune that might, yet, be within reach.”—Robert James Russell, author of Mesilla and Sea of Trees
 

Beth Gilstrap is the author of I Am Barbarella (2015) from Twelve Winters Press. Her work has been selected as Longform.org’s “Fiction Pick of the Week” and chosen by Dan Chaon for inclusion in the Best Microfiction Anthology 2019. She holds an MFA from Chatham University. Her stories, essays, and hybrids have appeared in Ninth Letter, the Minnesota ReviewDenver Quarterly, Gulf Stream Lit, and Wigleaf, among others. Born and raised in the Charlotte area, she has recently relocated to Louisville.

Jim Warner’s poetry has appeared in various journals including The North American Review, RHINO, Hobart, No Tokens, New South, and is the author of two collections from PaperKite Press. His most recent collection, Actual Miles, was published in 2018 Sundress Publications. He currently lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Aubrie Cox.

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Published: Red Hen Press - October 5th, 2021

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Published: Sundress Publications - March 12th, 2018

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“These stories are little gardens—the words blooming, the rain too.”—Leesa Cross-Smith

Paul Griner presents The Book of Otto and Liam

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Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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Join Paul Griner interviewed by Ian Stansel, presenting "The Book of Otto and Liam"

Booklist, "Best New Books: Week of April 13, 2021"

Liam is the boy, lying in the hospital, in grave condition, a bullet lodged in his head. Otto is his father, a commercial artist whose marriage has collapsed in the wake of the disaster. Paul Griner’s brave novel taps directly into the vein of a uniquely American tragedy: the school shooting. We know these grotesque and sorrowful events too well. Thankfully, the characters in this drama are finely drawn human beings—those who gain our empathy, those who commit the unspeakable acts, and those conspiracy fanatics who launch a concerted campaign to convince the world that the shooting was a hoax. The Book of Otto and Liam is a suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat read and, at the same time, it is a meditation on the forms evil can take, from the irredeemable act of the shooter himself, to the anger and devastation it causes in the victims’ families. Griner has managed to make an amazing, incredibly powerful book, one that is like no other.

PAUL GRINER is the author of the acclaimed novels Collectors and The German Woman and the story collection Follow Me, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. He teaches creative writing at the University of Louisville.

IAN STANSEL is the author of the short story collections Glossary for the End of Days (Acre Books, 2020) and Everybody’s Irish (FiveChapters, 2013), a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the novel The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). He currently directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville. He lives in Kentucky with his wife, the writer Sarah Strickley, and their two daughters.

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Published: Sarabande Books - April 13th, 2021

Liam is the boy, lying in the hospital, in grave condition, a bullet lodged in his head. Otto is his father, a commercial artist whose marriage has collapsed in the wake of the disaster. Paul Griner's brave novel taps directly into the vein of a uniquely American tragedy: the school shooting. We know these grotesque and sorrowful events too well.


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Griner has managed to make an amazing, incredibly powerful book, one that is like no other.

Greg Bourke Launch Event

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Live in our beautiful Frankfort Avenue events space, join Greg Bourke interviewed by Terry Meiner in celebration of the release of Greg Bourke's memoir. We're starting the celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month four weeks early!

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Catholic Greg Bourke's profoundly moving memoir about growing up gay and overcoming discrimination in the battle for same-sex marriage in the US.

In this compelling and deeply affecting memoir, Greg Bourke recounts growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, and living as a gay Catholic. The book describes Bourke’s early struggles for acceptance as an out gay man living in the South during the 1980s and ’90s, his unplanned transformation into an outspoken gay rights activist after being dismissed as a troop leader from the Boy Scouts of America in 2012, and his historic role as one of the named defendants in the landmark United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell vs. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015. After being ousted by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), former Scoutmaster Bourke became a leader in the movement to amend antigay BSA membership policies. The Archdiocese of Louisville, because of its vigorous opposition to marriage equality, blocked Bourke’s return to leadership despite his impeccable long-term record as a distinguished boy scout leader. But while making their home in Louisville, Bourke and his husband, Michael De Leon, have been active members at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for more than three decades, and their family includes two adopted children who attended Lourdes school and were brought up in the faith. Over many years and challenges, this couple has managed to navigate the choppy waters of being openly gay while integrating into the fabric of their parish life community. Bourke is unapologetically Catholic, and his faith provides the framework for this inspiring story of how the Bourke De Leon family struggled to overcome antigay discrimination by both the BSA and the Catholic Church and fought to legalize same-sex marriage across the country.

Gay, Catholic, and American is an illuminating account that anyone, no matter their ideological orientation, can read for insight. It will appeal to those interested in civil rights, Catholic social justice, and LGBTQ inclusion.

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Catholic Greg Bourke's profoundly moving memoir about growing up gay and overcoming discrimination in the battle for same-sex marriage in the US.


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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter: with America Ferrera - Indie-only virtual event!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 8:00pm
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TONIGHT! 8pm EST

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IN THE HEIGHTS Virtual Book Launch

 

 

Lights up on Washington Heights! 

Before Hamilton became a global phenomenon, before Lin-Manuel Miranda became a household name, a little show called In the Heights shook up Broadway with its hip-hop and salsa soundtrack and big, bilingual heart. In the new book In the Heights: Finding Home, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter tell the story of the show’s humble beginnings, from rehearsals in a bookstore basement to the Broadway smash (and soon-to-be feature film!) that created an unbreakable community and a new kind of family for everyone involved. 

 

Join Miranda, Hudes, and McCarter and moderator America Ferrera for a very special In the Heights Virtual Book Launch on Tuesday, June 15 from 8:00 to 9:00pm ET on Zoom. Sure to be an unforgettable conversation on creativity, community, and finding home, this is your chance to hear directly from the creative team behind the timeless story of how one neighborhood—Washington Heights—can speak to the world. 

Your ticket includes admission to this exclusive event is a hardcover copy of In the Heights: Finding Home.  You will receive an email with the link to this event with purchase of the book (below).

Please contact Carmichael's with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

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$40.00
ISBN: 9780593229590
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Random House - June 15th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The eagerly awaited follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new book gives readers an extraordinary inside look at In the Heights, his breakout Broadway debut, written with Quiara Alegría Hudes, now a Hollywood blockbuster.


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Hosted by America Ferrera with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegria Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter.

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