literature

Local News
12:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Ann Patchett: A Novelist Writes Her Own Life

Ann Patchett
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Ann Patchett has become one of America’s great novelists through her inexhaustible ability to create compelling characters.  Her books include "Bel Canto," where a famous opera singer is held hostage in Peru. Or more recently, "State of Wonder," about a woman who journeys to Brazil, to bring back information about a seemingly miraculous drug.

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Arts and Humanities
5:26 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

23 Books Later, Louisville's Sue Grafton is Going Strong

Sue Grafton
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Sue Grafton, now 73-years-old, claims she's slowing down.

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."

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Commentary
7:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

How-To Festival Preview: A Life By The Books

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For more than 40  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 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?

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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
11:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed poet Frank X Walker the 2013-14  Kentucky Poet Laureate today.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Barbara Kingsolver Interview | When a Novelist Tackles Climate Change

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:

"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."

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Axton Reading Series Opens with Poet Laureate

Kentucky poet laureate Maureen Morehead, author of "Late August Blues: the Daylily Poems"
Barry Westerman Kentucky Arts Council

Kentucky’s poet laureate will read from her new book in the Axton Reading Series at the University of Louisville tomorrow.

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.

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.

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