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Grace Talusan

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Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Born in the Philippines, young Grace Talusan moves with her family to a New England suburb in the 1970s. At school, she confronts racism as one of the few kids with a brown face. At home, the confusion is worse: her grandfather's nightly visits to her room leave her hurt and terrified, and she learns to build a protective wall of silence that maps onto the larger silence practiced by her Catholic Filipino family. The abuse and trauma Talusan suffers as a child affects all her relationships, her mental health, and her relationship with her own body. Later, she learns that her family history is threaded with violence and abuse. And she discovers another devastating family thread: cancer. In her thirties, Talusan must decide whether to undergo preventive surgeries to remove her breasts and ovaries. Despite all this, she finds love, and success as a teacher. On a fellowship, Talusan and her husband return to the Philippines, where she revisits her family's ancestral home and tries to reclaim a lost piece of herself. Not every family legacy is destructive. From her parents, Talusan has learned to tell stories in order to continue. The generosity of spirit and literary acuity of this debut memoir are a testament to her determination and resilience. In excavating and documenting such abuse and trauma, Talusan gives voice to unspeakable experience, and shines a light of hope into the darkness.

 

Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. She graduated from Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Talusan teaches at Grub Street and Tufts.

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ISBN: 9781632061836
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Published: Restless Books - April 9th, 2019

Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan’s critically acclaimed memoir The Body Papers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, powerfully explores the fraught contours of her own life as a Filipino immigrant and survivor of cancer and childhood abuse.

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Diane McPhail

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Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
Louisville, KY 40206

Diane C. McPhail is an artist, writer, and minister. A graduate of Ole Miss, Duke Writers, University of Iowa Distance, and the Yale Writers' Conference, she is a member of NC Writers Network and the Historical Novel Society. The Abolitionist’s Daughter is McPhail’s major debut novel. She lives in Highlands, North Carolina with her husband and dog.

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Published: A John Scognamiglio Book - April 30th, 2019

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Greg Gitschier

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Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Greg Gitschier, a Louisville native, has been a police officer, US Secret Service agent, and senior special agent, and is now a bodyguard and security consultant (Greg Gitschier Consulting LLC). Gitschier was a police officer in Louisville for 11 years and a Secret Service agent for more than 21 years. In the Secret Service, he worked as a bodyguard, criminal investigator, firearms instructor, fitness coordinator, and police task force supervisor. He was assigned full-time to protect President Ronald Reagan’s family and has protected other heads of state and dignitaries, including the Queen of England, the Emperor of Japan, and Pope John Paul II.

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Published: Butler Books - December 1st, 2018

Cop, Secret Service agent, private consultant, and bodyguard … Greg Gitschier has led an exciting life. He's protected presidents and royalty, tracked down international criminals, and cracked tough cases.


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Sadie Dupuis

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Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 3:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Sadie Dupuis is the guitarist, vocalist & songwriter of rock band Speedy Ortiz. She's also the producer & multi-instrumentalist behind pop project Sad13. Sadie heads the record label Wax Nine, has written for outlets including Spin, Nylon, and Playboy, and holds an MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst. Mouthguard is her first book.

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Published: Gramma Poetry - November 1st, 2018

Poetry. "'Magic isn't real, ' Sadie Dupuis explains early on in MOUTHGUARD, and although we are apt to believe anything she says, it's hard to believe such a statement after reading these poems.


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Michael Croley

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 6:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

MICHAEL CROLEY was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature in 2016, his stories and essays have appeared in Narrative, Catapult, Blackbird, Kenyon Review Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Denison University. 

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Published: Blair - April 23rd, 2019

"There is not a wasted word in these thirteen taut and thrilling stories of grief, exile, and devotion." --Silas House, author of Southernmost

A Korean woman in rural Kentucky clings to the love found in her new marriage as the mountain above her washes away.


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Alix E. Harrow

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.
In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.
Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

 
Alix E. Harrow is a part-time historian with a full-time desk job, a lot of opinions, and excessive library fines. Her short fiction has appeared in Shimmer, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Apex, and other venues. She and her husband live in Kentucky under the cheerful tyranny of their kids and pets. Find her at @AlixEHarrow on Twitter.
 
 
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Published: Redhook - September 10th, 2019

"A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting."--Christina Henry, bestselling author of Alice and Lost Boys

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER!
Finalist for the 2020 Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards


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Katy Yocom & Savannah Sipple

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Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

In her powerful debut novel about sisters, secrets, and endangered species, author Katy Yocom takes us from Louisville, Kentucky, to rural India in an unforgettable story about those who must risk everything to save what is precious.

Katy Yocom's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Salon, The Louisville Review, decomP magazinE, Midlife at the Oasis, and elsewhere. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her poetry has been translated into Bulgarian. Her novel, Three Ways to Disappear, won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature and was a finalist for the Dzanc Books Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize and the UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize. She lives with her husband and animal companions in Louisville, where she is associate director of Spalding's low-residency MFA in Writing program.

Savannah Sipple is the author of WWJD & Other Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019), which explores what it is to be a queer woman in Appalachia and is rooted in its culture and in her body. A writer from east Kentucky, her writing has recently been published in Southern Cultures, Split This Rock, Salon, Appalachian Heritage, Waxwing, and other places. She is also the recipient of grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. A professor, editor, and writing mentor, Savannah currently resides in Lexington with her partner, Ashley.

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Published: Ashland Creek Press - July 16th, 2019

Leaving behind a nomadic and dangerous career as a journalist, Sarah DeVaughan returns to India, the country of her childhood and a place of unspeakable family tragedy, to help preserve the endangered Bengal tigers.


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Published: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC - March 7th, 2019

"Savannah Sipple's debut is proof of a woman rising--up from the strung-out, Christ-haunted carcinogens and violences of a land stripped of its coal; up from
nine-hours on her feet followed by the extra work back home of picking gravel out of pinto beans; up from a return visit to the honey-suckle sweetness of good


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John James

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Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

“We lived overlooking the walls overlooking the cemetery.” So begins the title poem of this collection, whose recursive temporality is filled with living, grieving things, punctuated by an unseen world of roots, bodies, and concealed histories. Like a cemetery, too, The Milk Hours sets unlikely neighbors alongside each other: Hegel and Murakami, Melville and the Persian astronomer al-Sufi, enacting a transhistorical poetics even as it brims with intimacy. These are poems of frequent swerves and transformations, which never stray far from an engagement with science, geography, art, and aesthetics, nor from the dream logic that motivates their incessant investigations.
 
 
 
John James is the author of Chthonic, winner of the 2014 CutBank Chapbook Award. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, Best American Poetry 2017, and elsewhere. Also a digital collagist, his visual art is forthcoming in the Adroit Journal, Quarterly West, and LIT. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 4th, 2019

Winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, The Milk Hours is an elegant debut that searches widely to ask what it means to exist in a state of loss.


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Lara Prior-Palmer

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Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Lara Prior Palmer was born in London in 1994. She studied conceptual history and Persian at Stanford University. In 2013, she competed in the 1,000-kilometer Mongol Derby in Mongolia, sometimes described as the world’s toughest and longest horse race, and became the first woman to win the race, and the youngest person ever to finish. Rough Magic is her first book.

Joining Lara in conversation for this event is Caton Brader. Granddaughter of Hall of Fame jockey Ted Atkinson, Caton is an award-winning journalist with nearly 30 years experience in print, radio and television. A native of the Chicago area, she grew up in Palatine and graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL where she majored in English Writing. She is currently an on air personality for TVG, the Horse Racing network.

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Published: Catapult - May 7th, 2019

Taking off on a horse into the Mongolian Steppe sounds like the bracing inverse to an overpopulated, busy urban life, but having the skills and grit to pull it off is another thing entirely. . . . Lara Prior-Palmer attempted the Mongol Derby not really knowing what she was getting into; she ended it knowing much more about herself, and a race champion besides.


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Melanie Finn

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

Melanie Finn lived and worked in six different countries as a freelance journalist and screenwriter for 20 years. In 2004, her first novel, Away From You, was published to international acclaim. The following year, she and her husband, the wildlife filmmaker, Matt Aeberhard, moved to a remote region of Tanzania to make DisneyNature’s haunting flamingo epic, Crimson Wing. During the filming, Melanie became the medic to the local Masai community and established the Natron Healthcare Project. Her second novel, The Gloaming, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Vermont Book Award. The Underneath is set in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where she now lives with Matt and their twin daughters.

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Published: Two Dollar Radio - May 15th, 2018

"A musk of sex and menace soaks three narrative strands, expertly braided... Finn writes with a phrasing flare on par with Lauren Goff's." --Kirkus Reviews, starred


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