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Kevin Smokler

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Like few other eras in movie history, the 80's teen movies has endured and gotten better with time. In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of the legendary movies from that time and why the places they happened are a tribute to their permanence.

Brat Pack America is a must for any fan of The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink, and Dead Poets Society. His exploration of highways and main streets of "Brat Pack America" remind us why we love the teen movies of the 1980's so much and, three decades later, still do. 

Kevin Smokler is the author of the essay collection Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread Books you Haven't Touched SInce High School. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, Buzzfeed, Vulture, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, and on NPR. 

 

 

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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - October 11th, 2016

From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of the "Goondocks" in Astoria and the "time of your life" dirty dancing resort still alive and well in Lake Lure, NC, '80s teen movies left their mark not just on movie screen and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself.


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Sarah Gorham and Jeffery Skinner

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

 Sarah Gorham is a poet, essayist, and publisher. Her essay collection Study in Perfect won the AMP Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2014. 

Please join us for a reading and booksigning from her new memoir, 

Alpine Apprentice.

 

 

" In tones stunningly crisp, rapturous, and sure,

Sarah Gorham has taken the book-length essay

to a place of high art. "

-Mary Cappello             

 

 

Chance Devine explores the broadest territory possible, from the orgins of the universe to the speculative, precarious future.

Jeffery Skinner's new collection is equally grounded in the contemporary science of photons, black holes, and climate change

and the uncanny mythology of celestial talk shows, shifting identities, angels, and politicians.

Visionary, wildly unprecictable and often unsettlingly funny, this is a book that matters.

Winner of the Field Poetry Prize - 2016

 

 

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Published: University of Georgia Press - March 1st, 2017

Sarah Gorham recounts her childhood education as a rebellious, insecure, angry girl shipped overseas to a tiny international school perched on a mountain shelf in Bernese-Oberland, Switzerland. There, boot camp style, she experienced deprivation, acute embarrassment, and keen educational guidance, all in the name of growing up.


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Published: Oberlin College Press - March 31st, 2017

Winner of the FIELD Poetry Prize (2016)

Winner of the 2016 FIELD Poetry Prize


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Natalie C. Anderson

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Natalie C. Anderson was selected as the 2014 – 2015 Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence, where she wrote her debut novel, "City of Saints & Thieves".

“‘City of Saints & Thieves’ is a gripping tale of revenge and redemption. The story tracks a murderer through the jungles of Congo and the far reaches of cyberspace . . . a perfect cocktail of suspense, action and heart.”
–Tara Sullivan

Natalie C. Anderson is an American writer and international development professional living in Geneva, Switzerland. She has spent the last decade working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)and the United Nations on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa. She was selected as the 2014–2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence, where she wrote her debut novel, City of Saints and Thieves.

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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 24th, 2017

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling murder mystery set in Kenya.


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Lara Elena Donnelly

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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Lara Elena Donnelly is a graduate of the Alpha and Clarion writing workshops.

Her fiction won the Dell Magazine Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Amberlough is her debut novel.

A fantasy/espionage thriller, Amberlough has been described as Le Carré meets Cabaret as a double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup.

Lara Elena Donnelly is based in Harlem, a place she reached by way of Yellow Springs, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky. Before reaching her current state of existence–working in finance from home, in her pajamas, and writing fiction in her off-time–she was variously a barista, a limousine coordinator, and legal assistant to a personal injury attorney. She has also belly danced and breathed fire for tips.

Please join us for a reading and book signing!

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Published: Tor Books - February 7th, 2017

A double-agent sacrifices all his ideals in order to save his smuggler lover before a government coup takes over their decadent city in Lara Elena Donnelly's glam spy thriller debut, now a Nebula finalist for Best Novel


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J.D. Daniels

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

J.D. Daniels is that rare thing, a writer completely in earnest whose wit never deserts him.

Inventive, intimate, restless, streetwise, and erudite, The Correspondence introduces a brave and original observer of the inner life under pressure.

The first collection from a Whiting Writers’ Award winner whose work has become a fixture of The Paris Review and n+1

Can civilization save us from ourselves? That is the question J. D. Daniels asks in his first book, a series of six letters written during dark nights of the soul. Working from his own highly varied experience—as a janitor, a night watchman, an adjunct professor, a drunk, an exterminator, a dutiful son—he considers how far books and learning and psychoanalysis can get us, and how much we’re stuck in the mud.


Please join us to welcome Daniels back to his hometown bookstore for a reading and book signing.

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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 3rd, 2017

The first collection from a Whiting Writers' Award winner whose work has become a fixture of The Paris Review and n+1


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The Midnight Cool Revue

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Please join us as we welcome Lydia Peelle and Ketch Secor to Carmichael’s for a Midnight Cool Revue. This event will be a joint reading and musical review featuring a reading of "The Midnight Cool" by Lydia Peelle and live music performed on guitjo and harmonica by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, along with a short slide show and music from an antique Edison cylinder machine.

Lydia Peelle is the author of the short story collection Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice book and received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. A recipient of a Whiting Award, a National Book Foundation '”5 under 35” honoree, and a recipient of the Anahid Literary Award for Armenian-American Writers, Peelle is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Virginia and has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Ucross Foundation. She lives in Tennessee.

Ketch Secor is a founding member of the two-time Grammy Award winning band Old Crow Medicine Show. His musical story traces back to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where he grew up exploring the region's deep heritage of southern roots music. He has penned dozens of original songs in this tradition, including the Platinum selling "Wagon Wheel.” Together with Old Crow Medicine Show he has spent the past 17 years performing on street corners and stages such as the Grand Ole Opry, Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Hollywood Bowl, across America and around the world.

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ISBN: 9780062475466
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Published: Harper - January 10th, 2017

The Whiting Award--winning author of the story collection Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing delivers her enchanting debut novel, set in 1916 Tennessee: a rich and rewarding tale of two flawed yet endearing grifters who pursue women, wealth, and a surprisingly valuable commodity for the troops in Europe--mules.


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Published: Harper Perennial - August 1st, 2009

"Lydia Peelle has given us a collection of stories so artfully constructed and deeply imagined they read like classics. It marks the beginning of what will surely be a long and beautiful career." --Ann Patchett


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Joe Keith Bickett

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Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
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.

For almost 40 years now, people have wondered how the term “The Cornbread Mafia” came about. In his first publication, “The Origins of the Cornbread Mafia: A Memoir of Sorts,” Joe Keith reveals, for the first time, in his first-hand, personal account, the untold and true story of how that term, “The Cornbread Mafia” was first coined many years ago.

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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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 24th, 2016

On a September night in 1978, Muhammad Ali would attempt to reclaim his title from Leon Spinks in one of the greatest heavyweight matches of all-time.


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Published: Createspace - June 4th, 2015

This second installment of "Raywickians" is full of stories from over 100 years rich Kentucky History.


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Frank X. Walker

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Please join us for a reading and book signing with former Kentucky Poet Laureate, Frank X Walker, a Cave Canem Fellow and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets. He is the author of eight collections of poetry including, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, winner of the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry; and Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award as well as two new collections, The Affrilachian Sonnets and About Flight.

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Published: Old Cove Press - September 17th, 2010

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ISBN: 9781936628360
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Published: Accents Publishing - September 1st, 2015

"Up until this point in American history, no poet has written an honest and believable lament about the crippling effects from the tornado swirl of a crack pipe, how a little rock being melted between thin mesh screen creates pallid smoke: a monster, a slave to the white lady that is cocaine.


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ISBN: 9780813190884
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - February 1st, 2004

" Winner of the 35th Annual Lillian Smith Book Award, 2004 A BookSense 76 Spring 2004 Top 10 Poetry Book Read an excerpt from the book Listen to Frank X Walker reading on NPR's ""This I Believe"" segment of Morning Edition. This collection of persona poems tells the story of the infamous Lewis & Clark expedition from the point of view of Clark's personal slave, York.


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Steve Wiser

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Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Please join us for a talk and signing with local Louisville author Steve Wiser, on his newest book Carriage Houses of Louisville

The intended purpose of the carriage house has long faded from everyday life.However, the way of life that inspired them is firmly established in the historical and architectural elements that capture our attention no matter how grand or slight. These once agrarian and stable buildings have been reeinvented in the modern era to meet a new demand for housing. Transformations have taken form as guest homes, mother in law suites, pool cabanas or gardening houses. These structures continue to change and adapt, preserving their heritage and their rich architectural backstory.  

Tucked away behind the large main houses are smaller cottage- like stuctures that also were occupied. Instead of single occupancy though, there were several different types of residents: humans normaly lived on the second level while animals, typically horses, existed on the ground level. Known as cairrage houses, these outbuildings were positioned on the rear alley. 

Carriage houses are reminders of a bygone era of Louisville transportation and culture. This book seeks to spotlight these hidden houses which help to contribute to making our city a great place in which to live.

Stever Wiser is a lifelong Louisvillian, he has written books on Louisville's most interesting architectural styles and their history. He is a nationally recognized architect of hospital design. 

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Carriage houses are reminders of a bygone era of Louisville transportation and culture. This book seeks to spotlight these hidden houses which help to contribute to making our city a great place in which to live. Along with photographer Dan Madryga, Steve describes these secret quarters tucked away behind the grand homes of Louisville, and takes us on a tour of some of Louisvilles greatest treasures as they have been transformed in the modern era. 

The intended purpose of the carriage house has long faded from everyday life. However, the way of life that inspired them is firmly established in the historical and architectural elements that capture our attention no matter how magnificent or slight. These once agrarian and stable buildings have been reeinvented in the modern era to meet a new demand for housing. Transformations have taken form as guest homes, mother in law suites, pool cabanas or gardening houses. These structures continue to change and adapt, preserving their heritage and their rich architectural backstory.  

Tucked away behind the large main houses are smaller cottage- like stuctures that also were occupied. Instead of single occupancy though, there were several different types of residents: humans normaly lived on the second level while animals, typically horses, existed on the ground level. Known as cairrage houses, these outbuildings were positioned on the rear alley. 

Stever Wiser is a lifelong Louisvillian, he has written books on Louisville's most interesting architectural styles and their history. He is a nationally recognized architect of hospital design.


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Jason Porath

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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Join us for a reading and signing!

Illustrated in a contemporary animation style, Rejected Princesses turns the ubiquitous "pretty pink princess" stereotype portrayed in movies, and on endless toys, books, and tutus on its head, paying homage instead to an awesome collection of strong, fierce, and yes, sometimes weird, women: warrior queens, soldiers, villains, spies, revolutionaries, and more who refused to behave and meekly accept their place.

An entertaining mix of biography, imagery, and humor written in a fresh, young, and riotous voice, this thoroughly researched exploration salutes these awesome women drawn from both historical and fantastical realms, including real life, literature, mythology, and folklore. Each profile features an eye-catching image of both heroic and villainous women in command from across history and around the world, from a princess-cum-pirate in fifth century Denmark, to a rebel preacher in 1630s Boston, to a bloodthirsty Hungarian countess, and a former prostitute who commanded a fleet of more than 70,000 men on China's seas.

Jason Porath has previously worked in the animation industry on films How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Croods, and Kung Fu Panda 2. Upon leaving the animation industry he started the Rejected Princesses blog. After going viral and has sense been adapted into the wildly popular book "celebrating women of history and myth who were too awesome, awful, or offbeat for the animated princess treatment." Becoming an instant Best Seller in Women and Gender Studies. He grew up in Kentucky with seven brothers and a mother he calls a saint. He now lives in Los Angeles.

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Published: Dey Street Books - October 25th, 2016

Blending the iconoclastic feminism of The Notorious RBG and the confident irreverence of Go the F**ck to Sleep, a brazen and empowering illustrated collection that celebrates inspirational badass women throughout history, based on the popular Tumblr blog.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. Good thing these women are far from well behaved . . .


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