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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Unbound: Justin Torres and Holly Goddard Jones on 'Nightclub Jitters'

In each episode of Unbound, we hear stories from two different authors on a theme. Today’s episode is about nightlife—the soft glow of the jukebox, the clink of ice in a glass, the promise of romance and the threat of loneliness around every corner.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Unbound: Frank Bill and Jamieson Ridenhour on 'Car Trouble'

In each episode of Unbound, we hear stories from two different authors on a theme. Today’s episode is about car trouble. Americans love their cars—the romance of the open road and the freedom to go any direction we can point our wheels. Unfortunately, they don’t always take us where we want to go.

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Arts and Humanities
11:48 am
Wed June 12, 2013

New Fiction Show Unbound Begins Monday on WFPL

WFPL's new fiction radio show, Unbound, will debut Monday, June 17 at 7  p.m. Each 30-minute episode will feature two authors reading their own short fiction on a common theme. The first season features ten episodes, and WFPL will air one each weeknight June 17-28. Stories will be posted on the website the day after they air. 

Unbound is made possible in part by the Bachelors and Masters Writing Programs at Spalding University. WFPL says thank you to all of our Unbound backers and supporters.

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Arts and Humanities
2:15 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Memory Lives On in Jill McCorkle's 'Life After Life'

Jill McCorkle, author of "Life After Life."

Acclaimed fiction writer Jill McCorkle introduces her readers to the staff and residents of Pine Haven Estates retirement home in her new novel, “Life After Life.” Her many characters’ lives and deaths explore the power of memory and the human capacity for self-discovery at any age. There's Rachel, a widow from Boston who chose to retire in the hometown of a long-lost love, and Stanley, who's faking dementia to avoid dealing with a strained relationship with his son.

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Spalding's Week-long Literary Festival Begins Saturday

A series of readings by authors affiliated with Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program begins Saturday. The university’s bi-annual Festival of Contemporary Writing is the state’s largest reading series and is an integral part of Spalding’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program residency, which the university hosts every spring and fall. This year’s festival runs through May 25.

(Disclosure: I am a 2004 graduate of Spalding's MFA program.)

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Arts and Humanities
4:35 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Kentucky Inducts First African American Poet Laureate

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker speaks at Kentucky Writers' Day in the Capitol.
Kentucky Arts Council

In the annual Kentucky Writers' Day program at the Capitol, Governor Steve Beshear inducted poet Frank X Walker as the state's new poet laureate. Walker is the first African American to hold the post, and at 53 years old, the University of Kentucky professor is also the youngest. The Kentucky Arts Council announced Walker's appointment in February.

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Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Unbound Meets Its Funding Goal

Our new fiction show Unbound met its Kickstarter funding goal. WFPL launched a campaign on the popular creative project crowdfunding platform last month to raise funds for production costs associated with the new show. On Kickstarter, a project only receives pledged funds if the campaign meets its goal; otherwise, no money is collected from backers. 

Arts and Humanities
10:49 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Writers Gone Wild: New Book Examines Literary Rogues

Lord Byron
Wikimedia Commons

Nothing secures a literary legacy like an over-sized personality to match the work. On some level, we want our artists to behave badly, feuding with critics and wearing, perhaps, less clothing than appropriate in public. We want to believe that being a talented, successful writer isn’t just another job, like being a plumber or an accountant—it's a lifestyle, or maybe even a curse. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:13 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

New Fiction Show Launching on WFPL

We're launching a new show this summer: 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. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Frank Bill Follows Acclaimed Debut With a 'Donnybrook' of a Novel

Jarhead Earl is the best fighter in southeastern Kentucky. He’s also broke with two babies to feed. His ticket out of poverty is winning an annual high-stakes underground bare-knuckle fight tournament held in the wilds of Southern Indiana. But he’s not the only one headed for the ring in Frank Bill's first novel, "Donnybrook," which continues the exploration he began in his acclaimed story debut, "Crimes in Southern Indiana," of a violent Midwestern Gothic people and landscape.

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