Books That Changed Our Lives

STATE OF AFFAIRS 02/23/11: We all have our favorite reads – the mysteries, romances, and thrillers we reach for on a rainy day. But what about the book that became a part of us? The story and characters that climbed into our hearts and never left, changing our perspective forever? This hour our guests share with us the works that influenced them, and we want to hear from you about the book, or books, that changed your life. Join in with your best-loved titles!  Listen to the Show

Borders Gift Cards Can Be Spent Elsewhere In Louisville

Two of the four Borders stores in Louisville are closing. WFPL checked in with local independent bookseller Carmichael’s for a reaction to the news earlier this week. Manager Kelly Estep says the closures are a blow to book industry as a whole, and while sales at Carmichael’s have been steady, it’s not clear what effect Borders’s bankruptcy may have on smaller shops.

One possible effect, though, is an increase in Borders gift cards being redeemed at Carmichael’s.

The Future of the Book

Do you love the smells and sounds that go along with cracking open a new (or old) book? Or do you just love reading? As technologies change and e-readers become more affordable, will paper books become obsolete? Or will there always be a demand for something you can throw in your beach bag? Join us this Tuesday as we ponder the future of the book.  Listen to the Show

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Books into Movies

We’ve all been there, you’ve just finished a great book, it’s still fresh in your mind, what the main characters look like, the setting for the plot, how the romantic restaurant is decorated when the lovers first kiss, and then the movie is released. The process of adapting a book (or short story) for the big screen is a tricky one. Decisions have to be made as to what to keep, what to leave out and what to change. In the end, it seems impossible to please everyone. But some adaptations do work, some are disastrous and some stand on their own away from their books. Listen to the Show

Louisville Library Celebrates Centennial

Louisville’s Free Public Library opened its doors 100 years ago today.  WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports on how our expectations of the library have changed. “Where are baby’s eyes? Look, they’re open wide. Can you see those peepers peek, peering side to side,” says librarian Catherine Braganza reading to a group of toddlers during “story time’ […]

Are People Voting More and More Like Their Neighbors?

When Americans move, they usually look for neighborhoods with specific characteristics, whether they are close to the countryside or downtown or a place dotted with big box stores or boutiques. Some say they also move according to political views and it’s tearing the country apart. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. As Americans move house more frequently, […]