Emily Bingham with Crystal Wilkinson: My Old Kentucky Home

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7:00pm
TBA
Louisville, KY 40204

Library Author Series hosts two award-winning Kentucky authors, in conversation

Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. at the Main Library

301 York St, Louisville, KY 40203

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The long journey of an American song, from its enormous success in the early 1850s, written by a white man, considered the father of American music, about a Black man being sold downriver, performed for decades by white men in blackface, and the song, an anthem of longing and pain, turned upside down and, over time, becoming a celebration of happy plantation life.

 

LOUISVILLE (April 8, 2022) — The Louisville Free Public Library’s Craig Buthod Author Series welcomes to the stage Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson (Perfect Black) and historian Emily Bingham (My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song) in conversation at the Main Library (301 York Street) on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. These two award-winning Kentucky authors will discuss their latest works, which offer fresh new perspectives on the Bluegrass state, both past and present.

 

The event is free, but registration is requested: LFPL.org/Registration or call (502) 574-1644. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Carmichael’s Bookstore.

 

About the Authors

Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson is the award-winning author of Perfect Black, a memoir in verse, which explores rural black girlhood, religion, sexual abuse, and growing up in Southern Appalachia. An Associate Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Kentucky, Wilkinson is the recipient of a 2022 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry, a 2021 O. Henry Prize, a 2020 USA Artists Fellowship, and a 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

 

Writer and historian Emily Bingham was born into a journalism family. A Louisville native, her writings and reviews have appeared in VogueOhio Valley HistoryNewsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. Bingham’s latest book, My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song, examines the history of Stephen Foster’s iconic song. From its enormous success in the 1850s through its twenty-first-century reassessment, Bingham explores the song’s history and permutations, bridging a nation’s fraught disconnect between history and warped illusion, revealing the country’s ever evolving self.

 

 

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My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525520795
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Knopf - May 3rd, 2022

The long journey of an American song, passed down from generation to generation, bridging a nation’s fraught disconnect between history and warped illusion, revealing the country's ever evolving self.


Perfect Black Cover Image
By Crystal Wilkinson, Nikky Finney (Foreword by), Ronald W. Davis (Illustrator)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780813151151
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: University Press of Kentucky - August 3rd, 2021

Crystal Wilkinson combines a deep love for her rural roots with a passion for language and storytelling in this compelling collection of poetry and prose about girlhood, racism, and political awakening, imbued with vivid imagery of growing up in Southern Appalachia.


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The long journey of an American song, initially an anthem of longing and pain, turned upside down