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Novelist Creates Own Drinking Game at Readings

by Erin Keane on May 30, 2012

Louisville author Patrick Wensink has discovered one simple strategy to help people pay attention during book tour readings. He’s made a drinking game out of his.

“I’ve always felt like the worst part of a book reading is the book reading,” says Wensink. “I’m as guilty as anybody. I’ve sort of zoned out in the past and haven’t paid attention to every word.”

Wensink hands out a list of six words before he reads an excerpt from his new novel. Every time he reads one of the key words, everyone (author included) takes a sip.

“I did a reading last month in Portland and I finished two and a half beers in, what, ten minutes? Fifteen minutes, maybe, depending on how fast I read? I suffer for my art, I guess,” he says.

It might be a gimmick, but at least it’s thematically sound. Wensink’s new book, “Broken Piano for President,” is a dark comedy about a loser who tends to black out after a couple of beers. [click to continue…]

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‘Hush’ Author Woodson Headlines Spalding Festival of Writing

by Erin Keane May 21, 2012

Acclaimed children’s book author Jacqueline Woodson will speak this week at Spalding University. Woodson is the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, which have been honored by the Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King awards. As the Diane M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence, Woodson headlines Spalding’s Festival of […]

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Author Re-imagines Poe Story as Steampunk Thriller

by Erin Keane April 25, 2012

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 […]

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‘Hillbilly Noir’: New Books Explore Kentucky’s Drug Trade

by Erin Keane April 19, 2012

There is the Kentucky we often see in literature: a reverence for the pastoral landscape and for folksy wisdom, for majestic horses and for the quiet secrets buried deep in the bluegrass and in the mountains. But new books by Kirby Gann and James Higdon dig deep inside the state’s drug trade to turn that […]

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Google e-Books Decision Affects Local Bookseller

by Erin Keane April 10, 2012

Internet giant Google’s announcement that it will stop allowing bookstores to sell e-books on the company’s platform will have local implications. Right now, Louisville bookseller Carmichael’s sells Google e-books on its website, but that will end early next year. Carmichael’s Bookstore co-owner Carol Besse says Google’s decision is unfortunate for small booksellers, and the service […]

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GOP Still Divided After Super Tuesday; Amazon Takes On Publishing World; Are Republicans Afraid Of Rush Limbaugh?: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis March 7, 2012

1:06pm: Mitt Romney emerged with the most delegates after yesterday’s Super Tuesday races in 10 states. Eric Cantor, House majority leader, says Romney has a clear path of Tampa, where Republicans will gather for their nominating convention this summer. Rick Santorum‘s supporters tried to elbow Newt Gingrich out of the race in a bid to […]

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Louisville Public Library Expands E-Book Selection

by Devin Katayama March 5, 2012

The Louisville Free Public Library has increased its e-book selection since launching the program in December, but the electronic literature industry continues to struggle with an identity crisis. Library director Craig Buthod said Random House recently tripled the price of its e-books and Harper Collins limits libraries to checking out a title 26 times before […]

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Remaining Two Louisville Borders Stores Expected to Close as Company Liquidates

by Gabe Bullard July 18, 2011

After 40-years in business, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based bookseller Borders plans to liquidate. The company once operated four bookstores in Louisville, but the branches on 4th Street and South Hurstbourne were closed weeks after the company filed for Chapter 11 in February. The stores at Shelbyville Road Plaza and on Bardstown Road were to remain […]

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Carmichael’s Partners with American Booksellers Association to Sell Google E-books.

by Cason Reily June 20, 2011

Carmichael’s Bookstore, one of the leading independent booksellers in Louisville, has recently begun selling e-books through their website through a partnership with Google and the American Booksellers Association. More than 250 booksellers nationwide are using the system, which allows independent bookstores to make money from e-books, a market previously reserved for giants like Amazon and […]

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Shelbyville Road Borders to Stay Open

by Gabe Bullard March 18, 2011

Nothing has changed with the two stores previously set to close–on Hustrborne and in 4th Street Live. There is one other Borders in Louisville, in the Gardiner Lane Shopping Center.

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