literature http://wfpl.org en 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 Ann Patchett: A Novelist Writes Her Own Life http://wfpl.org/post/ann-patchett-novelist-writes-her-own-life <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann&nbsp;</span>Patchett<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has become one of America’s great novelists through her inexhaustible ability to create compelling characters.&nbsp; Her books include "</span>Bel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Canto," where a famous opera singer is held hostage in Peru. Or more recently, "State of Wonder," about a woman who journeys to </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil" style="line-height: 1.5;">Brazil</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, to bring back information about a seemingly miraculous drug.</span></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:06:43 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 7511 at http://wfpl.org Ann Patchett: A Novelist Writes Her Own Life 23 Books Later, Louisville's Sue Grafton is Going Strong http://wfpl.org/post/23-books-later-louisvilles-sue-grafton-going-strong <p>Sue Grafton, now 73-years-old, claims she's slowing down.</p><p>But a quick skim of her biography would make you think otherwise. Grafton has published five books in the last 10 years. She's currently on letter "W" in her alphabet series with "W is for Wasted," out this month. It means she's written a total of 23 books, with three in the series remaining—for "X," "Y" and "Z."</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:26:32 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 6731 at http://wfpl.org 23 Books Later, Louisville's Sue Grafton is Going Strong How-To Festival Preview: A Life By The Books http://wfpl.org/post/how-festival-preview-life-books <p>For more than 40 &nbsp;years, I’ve been reading books professionally, as a frequent critic and later as book editor of the state’s largest newspaper. In those roles, I have had a ringside seat to observe some of the best books to be published in the last half of the 20th&nbsp;century—as well as a lot of the less-than-great books during that period. When you comb through thousands of books every year, you have a challenge. What, if any, of these shall I read? How will I find the time?</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Keith Runyon 5311 at http://wfpl.org How-To Festival Preview: A Life By The Books New Fiction Show Launching on WFPL http://wfpl.org/post/new-fiction-show-launching-wfpl <p>We're launching a new show this summer:&nbsp;Unbound is a literary journal for the ears, where we hope you'll discover your next favorite author. In each half-hour episode, two authors will each read a short story on a theme. Our authors are memorable voices writing excellent, engaging, thrilling and heartbreaking stories and novels -- exciting writers creating a buzz on the literary scene.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:13:09 +0000 Erin Keane 4426 at http://wfpl.org New Fiction Show Launching on WFPL Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate <p>Gov. Steve Beshear appointed poet <a href="http://frankxwalker.com/">Frank X Walker</a> the 2013-14 &nbsp;Kentucky Poet Laureate today.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:35:27 +0000 Erin Keane 3997 at http://wfpl.org Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate Barbara Kingsolver Interview | When a Novelist Tackles Climate Change http://wfpl.org/post/barbara-kingsolver-interview-when-novelist-tackles-climate-change <p>Barbara Kingsolver's love and knowledge of Appalachia is on display in her latest novel, "Flight Behavior." So is her passion for investigating climate change:</p><p>"It's the biggest un-talked about issue of our times," she said. "What I wanted to write about was the culture war — the difficulty of this conversation and why it is that we can all look at the same set of facts and walk away believing different things."</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:23:21 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 2576 at http://wfpl.org Barbara Kingsolver Interview | When a Novelist Tackles Climate Change Axton Reading Series Opens with Poet Laureate http://wfpl.org/post/axton-reading-series-opens-poet-laureate <p>Kentucky’s poet laureate will read from her new book in the Axton Reading Series at the University of Louisville tomorrow.</p><p>Morehead will read from her new collection of poems, “Late August Blues: the Daylily Poems,” in U of L’s Ekstrom Library, in the Chao Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>Morehead is also the author of "In a Yellow Room," "Our Brothers’ War," "A Sense of Time Left" and "The Melancholy Teacher." She teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Spalding University.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 1798 at http://wfpl.org Axton Reading Series Opens with Poet Laureate