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Randall Munroe

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
301 York St
Louisville, KY 40203

Please join us for a reading and discussion with Randall Munroe at the Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch!

 

This event is FREE and open to the public, but we are asking for RSVPs through this link: http://www.lfpl.org/upcomingevents.htm#munroe

 

You can also pre-order HOW TO with us! Just make sure to specify event-pick up in the comments. https://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com/book/9780525537090

 

HOW TO is the book Munroe’s huge fan base has been clamoring for and showcases Munroe at his best. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible and, similar to What If?, has the potential to “reinvigorate your sense of cosmic wonder” (Entertainment Weekly). With HOW TO, Munroe cements his place as one of the most brilliant minds working today.

 

Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer, the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full-time. He lives in Massachusetts.

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ISBN: 9780525537090
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2019

AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 


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John Larison

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

In the spring of 1885, seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family’s homestead. Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors, she cuts off her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw brother Noah and bring him home. A talented sharpshooter herself, Jess’s quest lands her in the employ of the territory’s violent, capricious Governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah—dead or alive.

Wrestling with her brother’s outlaw identity, and haunted by questions about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right.

 

 John Larison spent much of his childhood in remote regions of Australia, the Caribbean, Canada, the South Pacific, Alaska, and the American West before graduating from high school in Ithaca, New York. He studied philosophy and literature at the University of Oregon, and became a renowned fly-fishing guide ahead of earning an MFA from Oregon State University, where he stayed to teach while writing Whiskey When We're Dry. He lives with his family in rural Oregon.

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Published: Penguin Books - July 2nd, 2019

Named a Best Book by Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, Goodreads, Southern Living, Outside Magazine, Oprah.com, HelloGiggles, Parade, Fodor’s Travel, Sioux City Journal, Read it Forward, Medium.com, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
 


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Ross Gay & Richard Taylor

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

In The Book of Delights, one of today’s most original literary voices offers up a genre-defying volume of lyric essays written over one tumultuous year. The first nonfiction book from award-winning poet Ross Gay is a record of the small joys we often overlook in our busy lives. Among Gay’s funny, poetic, philosophical delights: a friend’s unabashed use of air quotes, cradling a tomato seedling aboard an airplane, the silent nod of acknowledgment between the only two black people in a room. But Gay never dismisses the complexities, even the terrors, of living in America as a black man or the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture or the loss of those he loves. More than anything other subject, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world--his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis.

The Book of Delights is about our shared bonds, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. These remarkable pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight.

In addition to The Book of Delights: Essays, Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. Gay has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

 

 

Richard Taylor is professor of English and Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University and former Poet Laureate of Kentucky. Taylor has written numerous books, including Sue Mundy: A Novel of the Civil War; Girty; and Earth Bones.

 

WLS (Wendy Lee Spacek) earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University Bloomington. Her first book, Psychogynecology, was published by Monster House Press in 2015. Her work can be found at poets.org, deLuge Journal, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. She has received two Vera Meyer Strube Academy of American Poets Awards and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship to the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference

 

Rosechard Wehrenberg is the author of the chapbooks Abracadabrachrysanthemum (2018), Hands (2015), and River (2014), co-written with Ross Gay. Their poems & writing have appeared or are forthcoming in The Ocean State ReviewThe Academy of American Poets Poem-A-DayMonster House PressPeach MagBad Nudes, & elsewhere. They live in Bloomington, Indiana where they are a freelance book & graphic designer.

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Published: Algonquin Books - February 12th, 2019

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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“Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us.” —Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S.


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Andrew Shaffer

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
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ISBN: 9781683691228
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Published: Quirk Books - July 9th, 2019

In the sequel to the New York Times best-selling novel Hope Never Dies, Obama and Biden reprise their roles as BFFs-turned-detectives as they chase Obama's stolen cell phone through the streets of Chicago--and right into a vast conspiracy.


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Tracy Banghart

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Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 2:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

About the book: When the new, brutal Superior banishes Nomi from Bellaqua, she finds herself powerless and headed towards her all-but-certain death. Her only hope is to find her sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi arrives, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina--polite, submissive Serina--is its leader.

Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they'll have to get rid of the new Superior, and only Nomi knows how.

Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, son, and several mischievous fur babies. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii.

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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2019

A fierce fantasy sequel full of sisterhood, heart-pounding action, betrayal, and royal intrigue, perfect for fans of The Belles and Caraval.


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Peach Truck Cookbook

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

About the book: A beautifully designed, lush Southern cookbook celebrating the peach as a key ingredient in everything from salads to sausages to sorbet, from the owners of a beloved and highly successful Nashville-based peach company -- featuring gorgeous photos and 100 delicious recipes.

Stephen and Jessica Rose are the co-founders of The Peach Truck, which has been featured in national media from The Today Show to Food and Wine to Southern Living, and was named to Facebook’s Small Business Council. They live in Nashville, Tennessee with their three children.

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ISBN: 9781501192678
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Published: Scribner - June 25th, 2019

THE INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A warm and stylish Southern cookbook, from the owners of the beloved Nashville-based The Peach Truck, celebrating all things peach in 100 fresh and flavorful recipes.

When Stephen and Jessica Rose settled in Nashville, they fell in love with their new city.


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Louisville Story Program

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

The Louisville Story Program strengthens the bonds of community by amplifying unheard voices and untold stories. Through rigorous writing and oral history workshops, and with professional editorial support, participating LSP authors from historically underrepresented communities document the richness of lived experience in Louisville communities from the inside out, and in their own words. Their work is published in professionally designed books, exhibits, and radio programs that promote dialogue across the community and increase awareness of overlooked aspects of Louisville's culture and history. Our authors are paid for their work, and we leverage their achievements into as many additional professional, educational, cultural, and social opportunities for them as possible.

Please join us for a reading from LSP's latest collection of stories, No Single Sparrow Makes a Summer.

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Published: Louisville Story Program - October 2nd, 2018

In narratives rooted in six countries, nine young women document cultural and geographic communities of South Louisville from the inside, exploring topics such as the refugee experience, juvenile detention, motherhood, misperceptions of their neighborhoods, and more.


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Deb Spera

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Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

About the book: It’s 1924 South Carolina and the region is still recovering from the infamous boll weevil infestation that devastated the land and the economy. Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters from starvation or die at the hands of an abusive husband. Retta is navigating a harsh world as a first-generation freed slave, still employed by the Coles, influential plantation proprietors who once owned her family. Annie is the matriarch of the Coles family and owner of the Branchville Sewing Circle, a business left to her by her father when he passed.

Told in the pitch-perfect voices of Gertrude, Retta, and Annie, Call Your Daughter Home is an audacious, timeless story about the power of family, deep-buried secrets, and the ferocity of motherhood.

Deb Spera was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two of her three children. She owns her own television company, One-Two Punch Productions, and has executive produced such shows as Criminal Minds, Army Wives, Reaper, and Finding Carter. She is a finalist for The Montana Prize in fiction and a two-time finalist for the Kirkwood literary prize. Her work has been published in Sixfold, Garden and Gun, The Wascana Review, and L.A. Yoga Journal. She’s the co-writer of the play, On The Road To Kitty Hawk, produced by Actors Theater Of Louisville. Call Your Daughter Home is her first novel.

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Published: Park Row - June 11th, 2019

Featured on Oprah's Summer Reading List


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Louis Bayard

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Monday, May 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed young-adult title Lucky Strikes. He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches at George Washington University.

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Published: Algonquin Books - April 23rd, 2019

A page-turning novel about the brilliant, melancholic future president and the two people who knew him best: his handsome and charming confidant (and roommate), Joshua Speed, and the spirited young debutante Mary Todd.
 
A Washington Post Bestseller
A May Indie Next Pick
An Apple Books Best of the Month for April
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Charles Frazier

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Cold Mountain (1997), his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller, won the National Book Award in 1997, and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film by Anthony Minghella in 2003. Charles's second novel, Thirteen Moons (2006), was a New York Times bestseller and named a best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His third novel, Nightwoods (2011), also a New York Times bestseller, is a critically acclaimed literary thriller set in a fictional Western North Carolina town in the early 1960s. Charles's latest novel, Varina, an instant New York Times bestseller released in April of 2018, is a fictional reimagining of the life of Varina Howell Davis before, during, and after the American Civil War.

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Published: Ecco - April 16th, 2019

Sooner or later, history asks, which side were you on?

In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War


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