September 9, 7pm. Louisville native Bernard Clay, a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective, is debuting his first poetry collection, English Lit. 2021-22 Kentucky poet laureate Crystal Wilkinson says, "There is no other poet living or dead that I can say this about, but I’ve been waiting on a book from Bernard Clay for more than twenty years. . . . He’s always had the ability to slice truth down to the bone and hold it up to the light. He’s grown more wise and his skills are sharp. I’m thankful these words are in the world and I’m certain that every reader who reads them will feel the same way." In-person event at Carmichael's Bookstore.
September 16, 7pm. Emmy Award-winning television and film writer Lenny Shulman also spent twenty years as a journalist covering the horse racing industry, including a stint as features editor at The Blood-Horse. He'll be appearing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington to discuss his new book Head to Head: Conversations with a Generation of Horse Racing Legends. Shulman's interviews with the true legends of Thoroughbred racing bring his era of the sport's history vividly to life.
September 21, 7pm. Louisville's Anne Bogel, creator of the delightful "Modern Mrs. Darcy" blog, now has a podcast called "What Should I Read Next?" Both blog and podcast highlight Bogel's book picks, and she'll be appearing at Carmichael's Bookstore to introduce a companion book, My Reading Life: A Book Journal. The book includes customized reading lists and plenty of blank pages for making notes on the books you love, both old and new. In-person event at Carmichael's Bookstore.
September 22, 7pm. Kevin Gibson's books 100 Things to Do in Louisville Before You Die and Secret Louisville have introduced natives and visitors alike to the magic of the River City. Now he's debuting his new book This Used to Be Louisville, which details the history of . . . well . . . what things used to be. For instance, did you know that the NuLu building that now houses Royal's Hot Chicken used to be a penny theatre back in the Roaring 20s, showing films like Rudy Vallée's debut picture Vagabond Lover? The author will discuss more from his latest treasure trove of Louisville history at this in-person Carmichael's Bookstore event.
September 30, 7pm. Twenty years ago, Silas House published his first novel, Clay's Quilt, to wide acclaim. Since then, he's become one of Kentucky's best-known writers as well as a voice for social justice in the state and beyond. To celebrate the publication of a 20th-anniversary edition of Clay's Quilt, House will appear in person at a discussion and signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.