Ross Gay: Inciting Joy

Event date: 

Monday, November 28, 2022 - 7:00pm
2800 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE! Due to very popular demand, Mr Gay will be joining us a half a block from our Frankfort Avenue store at the Crescent Hill Baptist Church. Bring your family and friends to this very special evening in a truly beautiful room. Our heartfelt thanks to CHBC! 

Elevator access and mobility assistance will be via the Birchwood Avenue entrance.

Masks are strongly encouraged to help actively include immuno-vulnerable friends and those around them. Thanks!

Register HERE

Pre-registering helps us order enough books for our guests and helps us set up the room for safety and comfort. We will allow pre-registrants to be seated first.  Please note that seating is limited. Please contact the store ahead of time if you need assistance with mobility or other concerns - we are happy to help!

 

“BRILLIANT.” —Ada Limón, U.S. poet laureate

An intimate and electrifying collection of essays from the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Delights.

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2022  

 
In these gorgeously written and timely pieces, prizewinning poet and author Ross Gay considers the joy we incite when we care for each other, especially during life’s inevitable hardships. Throughout Inciting Joy, he explores how we can practice recognizing that connection, and also, crucially, how we can expand it.
 
In “We Kin,” Gay thinks about the garden (es­pecially around August, when the zucchini and tomatoes come in) as a laboratory of mutual aid; in “Share Your Bucket,” he explores skateboard­ing’s reclamation of public spaces; he considers the costs of masculinity in “Grief Suite”; and in “Through My Tears I Saw,” he recognizes what was healed in caring for his father as he was dying.
 
In an era when divisive voices take up so much airspace, Inciting Joy offers a vital alternative: What might be possible if we turn our attention to what brings us together, to what we love?
 
Taking a clear-eyed look at injustice, political polarization, and the destruction of the natural world, Gay shows us how we might resist, how the study of joy might lead us to a wild, unpredictable, transgressive, and unboundaried solidarity. In fact, it just might help us survive.

 

 

Ross Gay is the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Delights: Essays and four books of poetry. His Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award; and Be Holding won the 2021 PEN America Jean Stein Book 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.

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You can get the book on the registration page, but it’s cheaper if you link below because we don’t pay extra service fees. Whatever is more convenient for you, we love to sell you books!

 

Mobility device access info:

While our store has ramp access to the right of the main entrance, the event space is more easily accessed by entering at Bayly Avenue. Please call the store when you arrive and we will be happy to welcome you via this entrance. This door is next to a loading zone for easy car access, and our parking lot reserved ADA spots are also close to this entrance.

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Inciting Joy: Essays By Ross Gay Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781643753041
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Algonquin Books - October 25th, 2022

“BRILLIANT.” —Ada Limón, U.S.


The Book of Delights: Essays By Ross Gay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781643753287
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Algonquin Books - August 16th, 2022

The New York Times bestselling book of essays celebrating ordinary delights in the world around us by one of America's most original and observant writers, award-winning poet Ross Gay.

As Heard on NPR's This American Life


“Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small mir


Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Pitt Poetry Series) By Ross Gay Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780822963318
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 7th, 2015

Winner, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, poetry category
Winner, 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize

Finalist, 2015 National Book Award, poetry category
Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards, poetry category


Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away—loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it—


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LOCATION CHANGE! Now at Crescent Hill Baptist Church 2800 Frankfort Ave. Gay shows us how we might resist, how the study of joy might lead us to a wild, unpredictable, transgressive, and unboundaried solidarity