Carmichael's Bookstore

Arts and Humanities
12:23 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Carmichael's Is Opening a Dedicated Children's Bookstore This Summer

Kelly Estep, manager of the Bardstown Road outpost of Carmichael's Bookstore, will also manage the new Carmichael's Kids on the adjacent block.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Carmichael’s Bookstore is expecting.

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.

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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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Strange Fruit
1:09 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

'Book of Matt' Author Stephen Jimenez Speaks Tonight at Carmichael's

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Author Stephen Jimenez will speak with Jaison Gardner, co-host of WFPL's Strange Fruit, tonight at Carmichael's bookstore. 

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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
4:00 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Strange and Beautiful Ghosts: Tania James’ ‘Aerogrammes’


Two Indian wrestling champions become business and political pawns in “Lion and Panther in London.” A young man looks for hints about his father’s death in handwriting samples in “The Scriptological Review: A Last Letter from the Editor.” A woman applies to be matched with a dead man in “Girl Marries Ghost.”

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Author Re-imagines Poe Story as Steampunk Thriller

In Louisville author Bethany Griffin’s young adult novel “Masque of the Red Death,” a plague has ravished Araby Worth’s city. Her brother is dead, and she seeks escape from her grief in the seductive diversions of the Debauchery Club.

“She’s pretty suicidal because her twin brother died of the plague, and she’s trying to forget everything, and she meets people who are trying to change the world and finds a reason to live,” says Griffin.

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