Books http://wfpl.org en Louisville Poet Explores Red River Gorge in New Guide http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-poet-explores-red-river-gorge-new-guide <p>Louisville travel writer and poet Sean Patrick Hill explores and expounds upon the beauty of Kentucky’s trails in his latest book, “Hiking Kentucky’s Red River Gorge: Your Definitive Guide to the Jewel of the Southeast” which is available now from Menasha Ridge Press. WFPL’s Ashlie Stevens discussed writing process, trails and Kentucky’s natural beauty with the author.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:57:06 +0000 Ashlie Stevens 9780 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Poet Explores Red River Gorge in New Guide Kentucky Arts Council Honors Three Louisville Writers with Al Smith Fellowships http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-arts-council-honors-three-louisville-writers-al-smith-fellowships <p>Three of the six recipients of the 2014 Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council live in Louisville. This year's $7,500 fellowship awards recognize literary excellence in mid-career professionals. <a href="http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Grants/ASF.htm">Applications for the next fellowship cycle</a> will be considered in musical composition and visual art.&nbsp;</p><p>This year's Al Smith Fellows in the literary arts:</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:27:29 +0000 Erin Keane 9820 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Arts Council Honors Three Louisville Writers with Al Smith Fellowships Roxane Gay: 'Bad Feminist,' Real Person http://wfpl.org/post/roxane-gay-bad-feminist-real-person Roxane Gay's new collection of essays, <em>Bad Feminist</em>, is littered with defiant, regal <em>I</em>'s. "I do not care for epigraphs." "I was not impressed."<p>Gay — novelist, essayist and relentless documenter of her own life — proclaims her <em>I-</em>ness everywhere she goes: On her blog, she describes what she ate for dinner, what made her mad on an airplane, what she's afraid of, what she's ashamed of, what makes her lonely.<p>Everything is about her — and that's how it should be. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:59:53 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 9732 at http://wfpl.org Roxane Gay: 'Bad Feminist,' Real Person Book News In 5 Minutes: Carmichael's Jacen Brown Talks 'Our Shawnee' and More http://wfpl.org/post/book-news-5-minutes-carmichaels-jacen-brown-talks-our-shawnee-and-more <p>This week, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jacen Brown of Carmichael's Bookstore stopped by to discuss book news and offer some recommendations.</span></p><p>Here's a rundown of what we talked about:</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:01:27 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 9641 at http://wfpl.org Book News In 5 Minutes: Carmichael's Jacen Brown Talks 'Our Shawnee' and More What You Need to Know About Charles Wright, the New U.S. Poet Laureate http://wfpl.org/post/what-you-need-know-about-charles-wright-new-us-poet-laureate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Library of Congress announced Thursday that the next U.S. Poet Laureate would be 78-year-old Charles Wright. Wright, who is retired from the University of Virginia, is the author of more than 20 collections of poems. His work has won nearly every major award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Ruth Lilly Prize.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Wright is a Tennessee native, and succeeds Natasha Trethewey, an Atlanta-based poet with <a href="http://poetry.newgreyhair.com/post/44085400476/early-evening-frankfort-kentucky-natasha-trethewey">roots in Kentucky</a>. His appointment is for one year, though the Library of Congress may extend it for two. The duties of the position are left largely to the individual laureates to define. Wright, for his part, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/13/321586882/charles-wright-the-contemplative-poet-laureate">tells NPR that he'll "probably stay here at home and think about things."</a></p><p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 9563 at http://wfpl.org What You Need to Know About Charles Wright, the New U.S. Poet Laureate Carmichael's Is Opening a Dedicated Children's Bookstore This Summer http://wfpl.org/post/carmichaels-opening-dedicated-childrens-bookstore-summer <p><a href="http://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com/">Carmichael’s Bookstore</a> is expecting.</p><p>It’s been almost 15 years since the Louisville store's last growth spurt, when co-owners Carol Besse and Michael Boggs, who had been selling books in the Highlands since 1979, opened their second location on Frankfort Avenue. Now, the independent, locally-owned operation that has so far weathered the storms that have rocked the book industry is opening a dedicated, stand-alone children’s bookstore on Bardstown Road.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:23:43 +0000 Erin Keane 9456 at http://wfpl.org Carmichael's Is Opening a Dedicated Children's Bookstore This Summer Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker to Speak Tomorrow in Spalding University Festival http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-poet-laureate-frank-x-walker-speak-tomorrow-spalding-university-festival <p>Frank X Walker, who made Kentucky history last year when he became <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate">the first African American writer to be named poet laureate</a> of the Bluegrass state, will speak and read from his newest collection of poems, "Turn Me Loose: the Unghosting of Medgar Evers," <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-poet-laureate-frank-x-walker-wins-naacp-image-award">which won the NAACP Image Award earlier this year</a>, Thursday in Louisville.&nbsp;<a href="http://spalding.edu/frank-x-walker-speak-diana-m-raab-distinguished-writer-r Wed, 28 May 2014 15:24:21 +0000 Erin Keane 9432 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker to Speak Tomorrow in Spalding University Festival Six Things Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Taught Us at the Festival of Faiths http://wfpl.org/post/six-things-wendell-berry-and-gary-snyder-taught-us-festival-faiths <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Venerable poets Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder enjoyed a spirited discussion Wednesday evening on faith, land, ecology, justice and work, moderated by their publisher and long-time mutual friend Jack Shoemaker of Counterpoint Press. The discussion,a program of the annual Festival of Faiths, gave some rich context to the new book that Counterpoint is publishing, "Distant Neighbors," a collection of letters the writers have exchanged since 1973.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:50:54 +0000 Erin Keane 9349 at http://wfpl.org Six Things Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Taught Us at the Festival of Faiths The Gary Snyder Interview: Buddhism, Beat Poetry and Environmentalism http://wfpl.org/post/gary-snyder-interview-buddhism-beat-poetry-and-environmentalism <p>Born in 1930, Gary Snyder is one of the last surviving writers of the Beat Generation — a generation that included Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.</p><p>Snyder is a naturalist, an essayist and devout Buddhist. At the age of 26, he said goodbye to the Beats in San Francisco, and lived for seven years in Japan, studying at a Zen monastery. He won the Pulitzer prize in poetry in 1974.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:03:38 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 9344 at http://wfpl.org The Gary Snyder Interview: Buddhism, Beat Poetry and Environmentalism Bobbie Ann Mason, Holly Goddard Jones Coming to U of L's Kentucky Women's Book Festival http://wfpl.org/post/bobbie-ann-mason-holly-goddard-jones-coming-u-ls-kentucky-womens-book-festival <p>They call it "the ultimate book club meeting." The annual <a href="http://louisville.edu/womenscenter/programs-events/community/kwbf">Kentucky Women's Book Festival</a> is Saturday at the University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library, and features readings and discussions with Bluegrass literary luminaries Bobbie Ann Mason, Holly Goddard Jones,&nbsp;Sena Jeter Naslund, George Ella Lyon and more.</p><p>All events are held in the Ekstrom Library building, and everything but the boxed lunch for the lunchtime session is free.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:05:45 +0000 Erin Keane 9339 at http://wfpl.org Bobbie Ann Mason, Holly Goddard Jones Coming to U of L's Kentucky Women's Book Festival