March 4, 7–8pm. Joseph Beth Booksellers presents Anne Lamott, bestselling author of such books as Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, discussing her new book Dusk Night Dawn: Notes on Courage. Tickets include a hardcover copy of the book; the first 150 people to sign up will have their copies signed by the author. Event will be prerecorded and livestreamed.
March 16, 6–7pm. Carmichael’s Bookstore hosts the Filson Historical Society’s Gertrude Polk Brown lecture series. This month’s presenter is Mary Beth Norton, author of the new book 1774: The Long Year of Revolution, which covers what happened among colonial Loyalists during the buildup to the American Revolution. Free online event.
March 23, 7–8:30pm. The Carnegie Center’s Kentucky Great Writers Series will highlight Leatha Kendrick’s And Luckier, Bobbie Ann Mason’s Dear Ann, and Ed McClanahan’s Not Even Immortality Lasts Forever. Free online event.
March 24, 7–8pm. Joseph Beth Booksellers will host Colleen Oakley and Jessica Strawser as they discuss Strawser’s new book A Million Reasons Why, the story of two strangers who, through mail-in DNA testing, discover they are half-sisters. Free online event.
March 25, 6–7pm. Terry L. Birdwhistell, senior oral historian and founding director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, and Deirdre A. Scaggs, associate dean of the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center, will discuss their new book Our Rightful Place: A History of Women at the University of Kentucky, 1880–1945. The book highlights the contributions of three trailblazing women—Sarah Blanding, Frances Jewell McVey, and Sarah Bennett Holmes—who paved the way for thousands to come. Free online event.
March 30, 6–7pm. Due to academic rivalries and sexist assumptions, Dr. Katherine Jackson French’s groundbreaking early-twentieth-century research on Appalachian ballads was never published. Author Elizabeth DiSavino, assistant professor of music at Berea College, tells French’s story and reveals some of her findings in Katherine Jackson French: Kentucky’s Forgotten Ballad Collector. Join the author for discussion of the book through the Filson Historical Society. Free online event.