Books

Arts and Humanities
2:45 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Poets Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Share their Letters at Festival of Faiths Live Event

Literary giants Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder will discuss their new book Wednesday at Louisville's annual Festival of Faiths, which takes place this year at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The poets are avid letter-writers, and their shared correspondence has been collected and published as "Distant Neighbors: the Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder," out next month by Counterpoint Press. Publisher Jack Shoemaker will moderate. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:58 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Unbound Author Jacinda Townsend in Louisville to Read from Debut Novel

Unbound authors have been busy. The latest Season One alumnus to launch a book is Kentucky native Jacinda Townsend, who read an excerpt from "Saint Monkey," her debut novel, on the show last year. "Saint Monkey," which follows the friendship between two African American girls growing up in Eastern Kentucky after the Korean War to their futures in Harlem and at home, was published by W.W.

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Arts and Humanities
12:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

MacArthur 'Genius' Cartoonist Ben Katchor Coming to KMAC

Hotwaters, 2008 [from Metropolis magazine]
Credit Ben Katchor / Metropolis Magazine

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft continues its exploration of the relationship between the printing press and the artist (PRESS: Artist & Machine, through June 1) with a lecture and workshop by MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist Ben Katchor on Sunday, April 27.

Tune in to Byline on Friday at 1 p.m. to hear WFPL's Erin Keane speak with Katchor about comics, print, and the contemporary American city.

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Arts and Humanities
2:51 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Free Books and Free Will: Shakespeare and World Book Night Celebrated at Carmichael's

Maria Semple's comedy "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" skewers the Seattle tech industry, contemporary architecture, West Coast boho affluence and the peculiar burdens of being a genius. It's a World Book Night pick for 2014.

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.  

In Louisville, Carmichael's Bookstore on Frankfort Avenue is a designated spot for local volunteers to pick up the books they will give away (more than 100 volunteers have signed up in Jefferson County).

“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.”

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Commentary
12:44 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

What The Courier-Journal Book Pages, Now Passing, Meant For Louisville

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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.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Louisville Native Danica Novgorodoff Chases Ghost Brides in Her New Graphic Novel

From "The Undertaking of Lily Chen."
Credit Danica Novgorodoff

Danica Novgorodoff's new graphic novel, "The Undertaking of Lily Chen," is set in the mountains of northern China, where the ancient custom of ghost brides — the practice of burying a female corpse with an unmarried deceased man so they can be mates in the afterlife — is still practiced by some. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker Wins NAACP Image Award

Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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 Evers," a collection of persona poems that explores the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago last summer. "Turn Me Loose" was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2013.

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Arts and Humanities
1:45 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Listen | Kyle Coma-Thompson Reads 'From Anna'

Kyle Coma-Thompson
Credit Dock Street Press

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 Dock Street Press

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. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Expands Programming with Exhibits, Book Club

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
Credit Timothy Miller

  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.

“Some ideas are still in development,” says executive director Ally Wroblewski . “We are always open to new partnerships and new ideas.”

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Harry Pickens Sets Wendell Berry Poems to Song for Louisville's Voces Novae

Voces Novae rehearses Harry Pickens' new compositions of Wendell Berry poems
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Inside a rehearsal room at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Voces Novae conductor Frank Heller leads his singers through a song based on a Wendell Berry poem while composer Harry Pickens accompanies them on piano. Pickens has adapted ten Berry poems for choral performance for the ensemble’s season opener, “I Go Among Trees.”

“If you focus on the text, then the music will illumine the text. The music is never more important than the text,” Heller tells his singers.

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