Books http://wfpl.org en Free Books and Free Will: Shakespeare and World Book Night Celebrated at Carmichael's http://wfpl.org/post/free-books-and-free-will-shakespeare-and-world-book-night-celebrated-carmichaels <p>William Shakespeare turns 450 years old on Wednesday, April 23. That's also World Book Night, a national program that sends volunteer book evangelists out into their communities with copies of bestsellers and classics to give away for free. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Louisville,&nbsp;Carmichael's Bookstore on Frankfort Avenue is a designated spot for local volunteers to pick up the books they will give away (</span><a href="https://www.espatial.com/maps01/public/pages/embed.jsp?TENANT_ID=108028&amp;MAP_NAME=M108028_1396646235640" style="line-height: 1.5;">more than 100 volunteers have signed up in Jefferson County</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">).</span></p><p>“The purpose of World Book Night is to recruit reluctant readers, people who don’t traditionally read, and give them a free book and encourage them to do so," says Carmichael's bookseller John Beechem. "Hopefully, we’ll get some of them into our store someday.”</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:51:33 +0000 Erin Keane 9170 at http://wfpl.org Free Books and Free Will: Shakespeare and World Book Night Celebrated at Carmichael's What The Courier-Journal Book Pages, Now Passing, Meant For Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/what-courier-journal-book-pages-now-passing-meant-louisville <p>On April 26, The Courier-Journal will publish its final book review page, ending a tradition that has been part of the newspaper’s DNA since at least the Roaring Twenties. I know. I was a major part of it.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:44:02 +0000 Keith Runyon 9158 at http://wfpl.org What The Courier-Journal Book Pages, Now Passing, Meant For Louisville Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker Wins NAACP Image Award http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-poet-laureate-frank-x-walker-wins-naacp-image-award <p>Frank X Walker, Kentucky's first African American poet laureate, won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry for "Turn Me Loose: the Unghosting of Medgar&nbsp;Evers," a collection of persona poems that explores <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago last summer</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:30:33 +0000 Erin Keane 8680 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker Wins NAACP Image Award Listen | Kyle Coma-Thompson Reads 'From Anna' http://wfpl.org/post/listen-kyle-coma-thompson-reads-anna <p>Louisville writer Kyle Coma-Thompson’s first book is out. His collection of short stories, “The Lucky Body,” was published in December by Seattle’s <a href="http://dockstreetpress.com/books/">Dock Street Press</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Coma-Thompson is a former Axton Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Louisville. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in writing at the University of Virginia, and began his creative writing studies as an undergraduate studying with Nikky Finney at the University of Kentucky.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Erin Keane 8251 at http://wfpl.org Listen | Kyle Coma-Thompson Reads 'From Anna' Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Expands Programming with Exhibits, Book Club http://wfpl.org/post/conrad-caldwell-house-museum-expands-programming-exhibits-book-club <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Old Louisville’s Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is expanding its programming, hoping to attract a wider visitor base with a series of free community events.</p><p>“Some ideas are still in development,” says executive director Ally Wroblewski&nbsp;. “We are always open to new partnerships and new ideas.”</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 8117 at http://wfpl.org Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Expands Programming with Exhibits, Book Club New Biography Examines Richard Pryor's Singular Brand of 'Furious Cool' http://wfpl.org/post/new-biography-examines-richard-pryors-singular-brand-furious-cool <p>He’s considered one of the best – and one of the most controversial – stand-up comedians of all time. But Richard Pryor’s influence went beyond the stand-up scene. Through his groundbreaking comedy albums, television specials, film and TV roles, he changed how Americans thought and talked about race, sex, class and addiction.</p><p>There’s a &nbsp;new book about Pryor’s life and career. &nbsp;“Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World that Made Him” is written by Louisville screenwriter David Henry and his brother Joe Henry, the songwriter and Grammy Award-winning producer.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:07:24 +0000 Erin Keane 7541 at http://wfpl.org New Biography Examines Richard Pryor's Singular Brand of 'Furious Cool' Flame Run Gallery's Glass Sculptures Attract Young Readers http://wfpl.org/post/flame-run-gallerys-glass-sculptures-attract-young-readers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A fine art glass studio might sound like an unlikely venue for a kid-friendly exhibit, but Flame Run Gallery's "Bookworms," a show of glass art inspired by children's literature, is definitely an all-ages show.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I get that a lot," gallery manager and exhibit curator Tiffany Ackerman says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">with a laugh. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"But this isn't the first child-friendly show we've had here."</span></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:39:46 +0000 Erin Keane 7364 at http://wfpl.org Flame Run Gallery's Glass Sculptures Attract Young Readers Southern Novelist Tim Gautreaux Headlines Writer's Block Festival http://wfpl.org/post/southern-novelist-tim-gautreaux-headlines-writers-block-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A reading by award-winning Louisiana novelist Tim </span>Gautreaux<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">headline the annual Writer&#39;s Block Festival this weekend. The festival &nbsp;returns for the third year with a full&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">schedule of (mostly free) literary events for writers and readers.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:43:21 +0000 Erin Keane 7143 at http://wfpl.org Southern Novelist Tim Gautreaux Headlines Writer's Block Festival Listen | Tom C. Hunley Reads a Poem for Simpsons Bus Driver Otto http://wfpl.org/post/listen-tom-c-hunley-reads-poem-simpsons-bus-driver-otto <p><a href="http://louisvilleliteraryarts.org/inky-reading-series/upcoming-readings/">The InKY Reading Series</a> returns to The Bard's Town tonight at 7 p.m. with readings by Kentucky poet Tom C. Hunley and Spalding University MFA in Writing alum Marci Rae Johnson, with a special emerging writer reading by Louisville poet John James.&nbsp;</p><p>The monthly reading series is free and features an open mic.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:00:25 +0000 Erin Keane 6831 at http://wfpl.org Listen | Tom C. Hunley Reads a Poem for Simpsons Bus Driver Otto 'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers http://wfpl.org/post/turn-me-loose-ky-poet-laureate-frank-x-walkers-new-book-medgar-evers <p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:46:36 +0000 Erin Keane 6585 at http://wfpl.org 'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers