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Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky - Craig Buthod Author Series - Admission is FREE


          March 24, 2020:  Erica Armstrong Dunbar "She Came to Slay" The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman
                                     Alarm: Do to travel restrictions this event is postponed to a later date (TBA).

          April 20, 2020:     Ingrid Newkirk "Animalkind" Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them                                      Compassion Alarm: Do to travel restrictions this event is postponed to a later date (TBA).          


          Main Library, 301 York Street, 7:00PM


October, 2019:Bruce Gibney "The Nonsense Factory" the making and breaking of the American legal system
October, 2019: J.R. Ward - international bestselling author
June, 2019: Dorothea Benton Frank "Queen Bee" a novel
May, 2019: Susan Crawford "The Coming Tech Reveolution" And Why America Might Miss It
November, 2018 : Tim Denevi "Freak Kingdom: Hunter Thompson"
October 2018 : Susan Orlean "The Library"
July, 2018 : Beatritz Williams "The Summer Wives"
June, 2018 : Louis Sell "From Washington to Moscow".
      With 27 years as a veteran Foreign Service officer at the State Department, author and professor, an expert on Russian and Balkan affairs, Louis Sell is coming to LFPL. The evening will focus on his latest book and the development of Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, including the rise of Vladimir Putin and how we arrived at our present US-Russian relations. Sell's firsthand knowledge based on his distinguished career at DOS, from chief of US-Soviet Bilateral Relations at the US-Moscow Embassy, to special US advisor to the European Union's Special Envoy, Prime Minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt during the Yugoslavia wars, all provide him insights in American-Russian affairs that only few experts or former colleagues have.Mr. Sell is also the author of "Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia"


May, 2018 : James Fallows & Deborah Fallows "Our Towns" A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

March, 2018 : Mark Weinberg "Movie Nights with the Reagans"

February, 2018 : Guy Winch "How to Fix a Broken Heart"

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December, 2017 : Nate Blakeslee "American Wolf: A true story of survival and obsession in the West"

November, 2017 : Blaine Harden "King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America's Spymaseter in Korea"

October, 2017 : Jonathan Eig "Ali: A Life"

September, 2017 - Richard McGregor "Asia's Reckoning" China, Japan, and the fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

June, 2017 - Sidney Blumenthal "Wrestling with his Angel": The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1856

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May, 2017 - Maureen Chiquet "Beyond the Label": Women, Leadership and Success on our own Terms

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April, 2017 - Chris Whipple "The Gatekeepers" How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
March, 2017 - Scott Sonenshein "STRETCH" Unlock the Power of Less and Achieve More than You Ever Imagined

February, 2017,
Elliot Ackerman "Dark at the Crossing" - Alfred A. Knopf, NYC, USA
Elliot Ackerman, author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue , is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. He is both a former White House Fellow and a Marine, and has served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart.

2016 December 13, - Brian Jay Jones "George Lucas" A Life
2016 November 2, - Greg Mitchell "The Tunnels" Escapes Under the Berlin Wall
2016, September 27, - Clara Bingham "Witness to the Revolution"
2016, August 31, - Mark Cirino " Hidden Hemingway"
2016, June - Joshua Kendall "FIRST DADS"
2016, May - Geoff Dyer "WHITE SANDS"
2016 - Darrin Lunde "THE NATURALIST"
2016 - Jacquelyn Mitchard "TWO if by SEA"
2016 - Ethan Michaeli "THE DEFENDER"

2015 Joby Warrick "Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS "
2015 Craig Johnson "Wait for Signs"
2015 Betty Caroli "Lady Bird and Lyndon"

September, 2015, 7:00PM at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Emily Bingham "Irreprressible" The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham - Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NYC

Irrepressible is the absorbing, deeply moving, and brilliantly researched story of an intoxicating woman whose personal life was as turbulent as the times she lived in: Henrietta Bingham dazzles the reader as she dazzled the artists, writers, and musicians around her in the Jazz Age and beyond.

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July 23, 2015 David Hoffman "The Billion Dollar Spy"
June 15, 2015 H.W.Brands "Reagan: A Life"
May 18, 2015 David K. Shipler "Freedom of Speech"
May 11, 2015 Cokie Roberts "Capital Dames"
April 9, 2015 Alexander McCall Smith "Emma"
November 11, 2014 Jonathan Eig "The Birth of the Pill"
November 4, 2014 Azar Nafisi "The Republic of Imagination"
October 27, 2014 Dan Jones "The War of the Roses"

September 10, 2014, 7:00PM at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Chris Tomlinson "Tomlinson Hill" NYT bestselling author

April 17, 2014, 7:00PM at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Matt Taibbi "The Divide" NYT bestselling author AMERICAN INJUSTICE in the AGE of the WEALTH GAP - Spiegel and Grau, USA.

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March 19, 2014, 7:00PM at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Dave Barry
"You Can Date Boys When You're Forty"
- Penguin Group LLC, USA.

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February 11, 2014, 7:00PM at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Michele Stephenson "Promises Kept" Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life - Spiegel and Grau, USA.

From the directors of the award-winning documentary American Promise. Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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January 23, 2014, 7:00PM at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Chang-rae Lee "On Such A Full Sea" - Riverhead Books a member of Penguin Group, USA.
The highly anticipated new novel set in a dystopic future America from award-winning & NEW YORK Times bestselling author.

The Los AngelsTimes ask: "Who is a greater novelist than Chang-rae Lee today?"
"An astonishing feat of encapsulated genius from the inimitable Lee...Brilliant... A heart-thumping adventure" Library Journal, Starred Rieview

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  December 5, 2013, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Sister Helen Prejean "Dead Man Walking" The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparks a National Debate - Vintage Books a division of Random House, Inc., New York -- #1 National Bestseller.

Dead Man Walking was nominated for Academy Awards in four different categories: Susan Sarandon won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role, Sean Penn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, Tim Robbins was nominated for Best Director and its main track "Dead Man Walking'" by Bruce Springsteen was nominated for Best Song. At the Golden Globes, Sarandon and Penn received nominations for their acting while Robbins received one for best screenplay. At the 46th Berlin International Film Festival, Penn won the Silver Bear for Best Actor.

Sister Helen Prejean spends her time giving talks across the United States and around the world working tirelessly and effectively to abolish the Death Penalty.

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 November 21, 2013, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

James Tobin "The Man He Became" - Simon & Schuster, New York, NY

" It's impossible even to begin to unravel the mystery of FDR without understanding how polio deepened and strengthened him, and brought out the character that was there all along. Tobin's compelling narrative pulls us into the greatest drama of his astonishing life."
Jonathan Alter, author of The Defining Moment

James Tobin won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Ernie Pyl's War abd the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight. Educated at the University of Michigan, where he earned a Ph.D. in history, he teaches narrative nonfiction in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Miami of Ohio.

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 November 6, 2013, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Allan Gurganus"Local Souls" - Liveright Publishing Corporation a division of W.W. Norton, New York, NY

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October 30, 2013, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Scott Turow "IDENTICAL" - Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY

 October 14, 2013, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

James McBride "The Good Lord Bird " - Riverhead Books, New York

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  April 25, 2012, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Jonathan Sarna "When General Grant Expelled the Jews" Random House, New York

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 April 23, 2012, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Michael Duffy "The Presidents Club"
Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity - Simon and Schuster, New York

 March 12, 2012, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

George Dyson "Turing's Cathedral" The Origins of the Digital Universe - Pantheon Books, New York

 January 28, 2012, 14:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Gabrielle Hamilton "Blood, Bones and Butter" - Random House, New York

The excellently written "Blood, Bones & Butter" found plenty of admirers of it in Louisville and 400 of them came out on a sunny Saturday afternoon to listen to its author, Gabrielle Hamilton, one of America's highly celebrated chefs.Through her book and the always highly anticipated Q & A session at LFPL, Ms Hamilton opened the door for her audience to glimpse at the reality of daily restaurant and commercial cooking. She gave a healthy dose of realism for many in the room and a better understanding of the never-ending challenge in the real restaurant world (versus the shiny/bubbly TV chef) with balancing between staff, payroll, taxes, food cost, the impatient guest... and her maintaining creativity and culinary excellence throughout many years. Gabrielle Hamilton seems to have found a mise en place that works for her and Prune, her revered restaurant on the Lower East Side in NYC.

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 November 29, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Bestseller author Kim Edwards "The Lake of Dreams" - Penguin Group, New York

Even the first wintry day this season in Louisville would not stop about two hundred of Kim Edwards's fans to hear in person the inside scoop about her new novel "The Lake of Dreams" Many in the audience knew much about Edwards's book /characters and locations reflected in their questioning, which made the evening great fun for author and audience. Of course, an evening with Kim Edwards would not fulfill the audience's curiosity without a conversation between her and her fans talking about Edward's other bestselling novel "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" on the NYT Best Seller list for 122 weeks and 22 of those at No 1, additionally viewed by Millions of movie viewers here and abroad.

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 October 18, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Stacy Schiff "CLEOPATRA" - Pulizer Prize Author - Little, Brown & Company, New York

"With her signature blend of wit, intelligence, and superb prose, Schiff strips away two thousand years of prejudices and propaganda in her elegant reimagining of the Egyptian queen" - Ten Best Books of 2010, New York Times Book Review

The new auditorium at LFPL was filled to the last seat when the audience was presented an intelligent and informative conversation by author Stacy Schiff and interviewer Dr. John R. Hale (U of L), director of the liberal studies program and prominent field archaeologist. The long book signing line that evening attests to the popularity of both, author Stacy Schiff and the legendary ancient queen.

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 September 30, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Lee Child "The AFFAIR" - # 1 New York Times Bestselling Author - Delacorte Press, New York
"Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of american crime fiction" Los Angeles Times

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 September 26, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Ingrid Betancourt "Even Silence has an End" My six years of captivity in the Colombian jungle - Penguin Books, New York

The large crowd at the Louisville Free Public Library experienced a memorable evening, when Interviewer Craig Buthod (LFPL Director) unleashed a moving presentation that was informative, as it was emotional, when former presidential candidate of Colombia, Ingrid Betancourt described her ordeal as a prisoner for six and one-half years in the Colombian jungle. When Ms. Betancourt talked about her and her fellow prisoner's years in captivity, it brought home and made close and personal the still vivid headlines from just a few short years ago reporting on Ms. Betancourt's capture by the Colombian rebel army, FARC. Memories of headline news and interference by world leaders on her and other unfortunate jungle prisoner's behalf sharing the jungle prison camp with her were no longer abstract and distant memories. They became real and felt genuinely by so many in the audience. Particularly, observing the expressions by Colombian and South American compatriots' of Ingrid in the audience raised the question, what have their experiences been in the past in their homeland that makes them now live in the U.S.A.? When Ms. Betancourt ended her talk, it took a while for the audience to return to their actual surrounding before ending the evening with a reverberating standing ovation for Ingrid Betancourt, who seemed to have a similar transformation returning in a time-travel from the jungle to Louisville 2011.

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 September 13, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Marc Freedman "The Big Shift" Navigating The New Stage Beyond Midlife" - Public Affairs, New York

Marc Freedman is founder and CEO of Civic Ventures. The autor of Encore, Prime Time, and The Kindness of Strangers, Freedman spearheaded creation of The Purpose Prize and Experince Corps. He has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the nation's leading social entrepreneurs, is a winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and has been selected as one of the fifty most influential individuals in the nonprofit sector.

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 September 12, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Dr. Laura Carstensen "A LONG BRIGHT FUTURE" Happieness, Health,and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity - Public Affairs, New York
Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology, and the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Her research has been supported for more than twenty years be the National Institute on Aging. A Guggenheim Fellow, an NIH Merit Award winner and a member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on an Aging Society. Dr. Carstensen:" What was once a sprint will now be a marathon. We'll need to pace ourselves accordingly." We need to completely transform our lifetime work cycle to incorporate our bonus years throughout our lives." Adaptations like sabbaticals, shorter work weeks, more flexible working hours, or longer vacations that employees would actually be encouraged to take could make employment less of a brain drain," she writes. "These would be substantial changes to the American business culture, but they make sense in the context of the much longer employment arc occasioned by greater life expectancy."

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  July 19, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

David Eagleman "INCOGNITO" - New York
This evening with author and neuroscientist David Eagleman at LFPL, and over 600 visitors brought home the author's fascinating subject matter of his new book "Incognito" and the human brain. With a powerful and widely understandable talk, followed by a Q&A session, a very engaged audience was able to follow Eagleman into a little better understanding of the complexities and secrets of the brain, as well as, his exciting studies and laboratory tests at Baylor College of Medicine. Mesmerized by his speech, Eagleman provided many of the library visitors with a memorable evening and insights that, we were told, sparked prolonged conversations in the days following his appearance in Louisville.

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 June 30, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Bobbie Ann Mason "THE GIRL IN THE BLUE BERET" - Random House

 June 21, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Janny Scott "A Singular Woman The Untold Strory of Barack Obama's Mother" - Riverhead Books

Stanley Ann Dunham, President Obama's mother, is the subject of a deeply reported and researched biography, A Singular Woman, by award-winning, New York Times reporter Janny Scott. Little is known about this fiercely independent, spirited woman who raised the current president of the United States. Through her exhaustive research, Janny Scott has uncovered a full breadth of Stanley Ann Dunham's life. More than 600 people attended and listened to Ms. Scott's captivating talk packed with facts mostly unknown to the audience. At the end of the evening, the listeners thanked Janny Scoot for her work with lasting applause and a long book signing line.

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 May 19, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Kenneth Slawenski "J.D.Salinger:A Life" - Random House
One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, J.D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. Now comes a new biography that Peter Achroyed in The Times of London calls " energetic and magnificently researched" - a book from which "a true picture of Salinger emerges." Filled with new information and revelation- generated from countless interviews, letters, and public records- J.D. Salinger presents an extraordinary life that spanned nearly the entire twentieth century.
" A welcome trove of information...Slawenski enthrallingly illuminates what turned Salinger into an extraordinary literary phenomenon" -The Sunday Times
"Slawenski sets about his task with such unblushing love and zest that his book is as irresistible to me as Salinger himself... I think you get from him a rather better idea of what Salinger was really like and why he lived his life as he did than you might from a biography which is licensed to discribe itself as 'scholarly' or 'authorized.' If you can imagine Salinger having a soft spot for any book about him... then Slawenski's might be the one." -The Spectator

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 April 26, 2011, 19:00hr at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

Bestselling author Steven Levy at the Louisville Free Public Library In The Plex, the fascinating story of Google

The Internet has changed most every aspect of how we live our lives, and Google is changing how the Internet works and is shaping the lives of the people who use it. Google has even entered the vernacular; "Google it" is as common as any phrase we can imagine. Journalist for Wired and author Steven Levy discussed his latest book, In The Plex , (Simon & Schuster, April, 2011), in Louisville. In the Plex is a fascinating look at how Google was founded, how it has evolved and grown, and the way it continues to influence how people use the Internet.

Levy is no stranger to Google's co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. "I first met them at a Halloween party. Both were in full costume as they explained to me how Google works," said Levy, "and still I was impressed." When he decided to write the book, Levy was given a rare opportunity to go deep inside both the corporate and technical world of Google to find out just how this massive search engine works, and what makes it so popular with so many people. Levy traveled with Google folks around the world."They think like the Internet works," said Levy, adding that he was given a front row seat to new and innovative Google products as they were developed.

Levy says that Google's success is not just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Levy says the company's founders came armed with a screwed business sense and a sly sense of humor, a business plan that has allowed Google to become an astonishing success and still be true to its moral principles."They defend and embrace their failures," said Levy.
And what is next for Google? "Improving and perfecting ways to move large amounts of data, and a self-driving car," Levy said. "Google it" and see for yourself.

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 March 15, 2011 at Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky

# 1 New York Times BESTSELLING Author Suze Orman "The Money Class" by Spiegel & Grau. TWICE Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Suze was also named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world today.

It may seem that Suze Orman would get tired of answering questions about money. After all, she is the Emmy Award-winning host of one of the top rated programs on CNBC, she's the author of 10 best-selling books, and she is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the world today. "I never get tired or frustrated answering questions," said Orman. "Everyone is important and everyone's needs and concerns are important," she said. Orman proved that point at the Louisville Free Public Library speaking to a large audience at the expansive North Lobby.
Orman's latest book, The Money Class, is a master class in personal finance. The book takes a close look at the "American Dream" that for generations of Americans seemed to work just fine. Not anymore, according to Orman, who says that most every aspect of that dream is under threat and that most people just don't know where to turn for help. "We did it to ourselves and now we must create a new American Dream," says Orman. Her advice is to make decisions based solely in the truth, especially concerning money. She advises to think long and hard before spending even one dollar of your hard-earned cash. "Stand in your truth," says Orman, "and the new American Dream can become a reality and work for you."

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 February 10, 2011

Author Parag Khanna, in a fascinating and extensive talk at the Louisville Free Public Library, presented his newest book How to Run the World published by Random House, to a closely listening audience. Laying out the key elements of his thought provoking book captured the attending audience - among them, many of the most active citizens in Louisville, that appear to prescribe to the phrase "act locally, think globally."
Esquire Magazine names Khanna one of the "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century," while Eric Schmidt of Google says, " By exhorting leaders to make use of new, open technologies that encourage more diverse and dynamic marketplaces, Parag Khanna makes a powerful argument: the world can become smarter than the sum of its parts. We need to pay attention to his ideas."
Today's crises - from financial instability to natural disaster - require solutions that are bold but also pragmatic. In How to Run the World , Parag Khanna delivers both. G-20 leaders and corporate executives need to urgently read this book and learn how to really move beyond business as usual." - Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World economic Forum

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 January 24, 2011, Free Public Library Louisville, Kentucky

Bestselling author Karen Abbott "American Rose" The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee has been called the most famous stripper since Salome. While that might be true, her story is about far more than a woman her clothes off in public. It's about a woman who was an inspiration to others during a deep, dark depression. At one point she was even more popular than Eleanor Roosevelt. From Vaudeville to Burlesque to legend, Gypsy's story is one that could only be made in America. Author Karen Abbott's book American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee (Random House 2010) is a carefully crafted biography of a woman who herself was a carefully crafted "brand" before such brands really existed. Abbott's book tells the vivid story of a complicated, conflicted life. "Gypsy's greatest secret is that she really didn't like her creation," said Abbott. "The character was very limiting, and Gypsy never admitted that in public."

 December 1, 2010, 19:00hr, Louisville Free Public Library

NPR host Michele Norris inspiring memoir "The Grace of Silence"

Public radio and library fans enjoyed a rare treat on December 1 at the Louisville Free Public Library when National Public Radio's Michele Norris discussed her new book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, published by Random House. Norris is an award-winning radio journalist with one of the most recognizable voices on public radio. As co-host of the popular "All Things Considered" radio program, Norris tells the stories of people from all walks of life in America and around the world. However, it took writing a book for her to truly learn about the history of her own family.
It was first thought that the book would be a look at the history and current state of race relations in America. Instead, Norris found "hidden places, hidden voices" within her own family that led her in an entirely different direction. Norris found that the most recent presidential election started her family talking, and through interviews with older family members she heard stories about her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles that she had never heard before.
She learned that her grandmother worked for a flour company dressed as "Aunt Gemima" hawking pancake flour, always dressed in her Sunday-best and setting a high example for anyone who attended one of her "pancake sessions." Norris learned about the importance of the civil rights struggle to her own family, and why preserving dignity in the face of adversity and alienation was always of paramount importance. One story led to another and each one was more animated than the one before. "The more I learned the more I had to know; the more I knew the more I had to learn," said Norris.
The book took its cues from her father and other men of his generation. "They gave their children all of their ambitions, not all of their rage," said Norris. Now with two small children of her own, Norris says that knowing about family history has become all important. "Don't lose your history," she said, "because there is power in knowing where you came from."

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 November 2, 2010, Louisville Free Public Library

Humanitarian and bestselling author Greg Mortenson at LFPL

Greg Mortenson is widely known as the author of the book Three Cups of Tea, now on the New York Times bestseller list for 195 weeks, and the follow-up bestseller Stones into Schools. Nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, Mortensen's story is one of explorer, educator, and most importantly humanitarian. He talked about his remarkably interesting life before some 900 people at the Louisville Free Public Library on November 2.
One of Mortenson's earliest attempts at success ended rather abruptly. "I totaled the family car during my first attempt at passing my driver's test." Since then his success rate has improved dramatically. He was born in Minnesota in 1957 and spent most of his childhood growing up in Tanzania on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. He was heavily influenced by the humanitarian efforts of his parents: His father was a co-founder of Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center; his mother founded the International School Moshi to serve the needs of the expatriate and local communities in Tanzania.
Mortenson's own humanitarian work began after he climbed Pakistan's K2 Mountain to honor the memory of his sister. While recovering from the climb he met a group of children writing in the dirt with sticks. He made a pledge to help them build a school. Out of that pledge grew a humanitarian campaign that continues to meet the growing needs of children and young people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is the co-founder of the Central Asia Institute which promotes education and literacy, especially for girls; and is the founder of Pennies for Peace designed to educate children about the world beyond their own experience. To date, Mortenson's work has helped make some 161 schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan a reality. These schools educate more than 58,000 children, including 44,000 girls. Without education, he says things will never change, and he views education as the biggest challenge in this region in this century. Seeing impoverished kids has made an enormous impact on him. "The only way to solve poverty is to touch it, to feel it, to think it," he said. "It can't be solved around a table behind closed doors." Mortenson's philosophy is simple but profound. "It's about community service and it's about education," he said, adding that he tries to apply something his grandmother said to his everyday life: "Do one good deed a day - it becomes a habit."

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 Oktober 21, 2010, Louisville Free Public Library

Sena Jeter Naslund New York Times Bestselling Author of AHAB'S WIFE presenting her new novel "ADAM & EVE"

 Bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund presented her new book to an LFPL audience in a near capacity filled house, in conversation with PBS affiliated KET host, Bill Goodman. One could feel appreciation in the audience for Naslund's novels and her remarkably creative writing. A delightful evening, excellently hosted by Bill Goodman in ways that allowed Naslund to answer his and later the audience's questions extensively and fully satisfying her reader' s curiosity. The somewhat unusual atmosphere for an LFPL Authors Series - multiple TV cameras with the necessary techniques for live to tape (airs Nov. 14. at KET 1) quickly dissolved, as the audience immersed itself in a pleasant intellectual conversation between Naslund and Goodman.

 September 14, 2010, Louisville Free Public Library

Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor "Traveling with Pomegranates"

New York Times Bestselling novel, The Secret Life of Bees, which has sold over 6 million copies to  date. Since then, Fox Searchlight Pictures released a box-office hit movie based on the novel, featuring a star-studded cast.
  Traveling with Pomegranates is Sue Monk Kidd's first book since her last blockbuster novel, The Mermaid Chair. Part travel story, part spiritual quest,  and part induction into feminine passages, it is a truly distinct book, featuring alternating chapters from both authors, set against the age old grandeur of  these inspiring and deeply symbolic places, from Athens and Eleusis to Paris and Rocomador.

At the event at LFPL a nearly packed auditorium with a  capacity above 400 seats, was filled with women, mothers and daughters that were very attached to the subject and grateful for the opportunity to listen to  Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor.
Traveling with Pomegranates is published by the Penguin Group (USA)

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 August 4, 2010, Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York Street

Lighting Their Fire by Rafe Esquith

 What makes a teacher so special? It's hard to put into words, and it is a question perhaps better answered by students.Rafe Esquith has taught many kids  over the past 28 years, and most of them would sum up their time spent with him something like  this: "He makes it hard, but he makes it fun."
 Rafe discussed that statement and the rest of his extraordinary teaching career at a program at the  Louisville Free Public Library. Esquith teaches 5th grade at Hobart Elementary School in Los  Angeles. He is the only teacher to have been awarded the president's National Medal of the Arts,  and his many other honors and awards include the American Teacher Award, Parents magazine As  You Grow Award, Oprah Winfrey's Use Your Life Award TM, and People magazine's Heroes Among  Us Award. The author of a number of books about educating young people, perhaps his greatest  accomplishment is his ability to give students - many from impoverished backgrounds - the skills to  succeed over a lifetime. "I try to give them a different way to look at the world," said Esquith. "It  leads to valuable skills, the kind that help people survive the world." Although his students generally  do achieve high marks, Esquith says there is really no secret to such success. "Read, talk,  engage... give children different ways to learn; give them the skills to make good life decisions... it's what really counts in the end."
  Published by PENGUINE BOOKS, released June 2010.

J.Collings - MIM/MEETT Associates, producers.

 July 7, 2010, Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York Street

Facebook at the Louisville Free Public Library

  If technology is at the center of human experience, then Facebook must be the heart. It may not be everywhere just yet, but this social networking site is making every effort to get there soon and it's changing the way people live their lives, one user at a time. Author David Kirkpatrick thinks the site will lead to a more transparent world and, for now, the site is unshakable. Kirkpatrick led a lively discussion about Facebook at a program at the Louisville Free Public Library on July 7. About 400 tech-savvy people (most of them Facebook users) listened as Kirkpatrick discussed his book The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World. Kirkpatrick talked about Facebook's rapid growth over the past four years to now about 500 million users. "Facebook makes every user a broadcaster." said Kirkpatrick. He equates the site's popularity to three unique features: people use their real names and identity; the site offers a chance to connect or reconnect with real friends (those met in the real world); and the site creates a platform of extraordinary viral speed, one which delivers messages very quickly and efficiently.
As for the Facebook's future, Kirkpatrick sees the social network becoming a part of the fabric and infrastructure of the Internet. It's already spawning a movie due out this fall. "It won't go away soon, it's just too popular with too many people," said Kirkpatrick adding another reason for the site's enduring status, "There is no one way that people use Facebook. It's totally up to the individual."
Published by Simon & Schuster, released June 2010.

J.Collings - MIM/MEETT Associates, producers.

 June 3, 2010, Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York Street

  New York Times bestselling autor Jonathan Alter "The PROMISE - President Obama, Year One"

 Jonathan Alter, expected at the Louisville Free Public Library with great anticipation did not disappoint his audience in its  fully packed auditorium. He offered insights into the Obama White House, which the captivated audience was eager to  hear. His broad approach offered valuable comparisons to former Presidents and their handlings of major crisis  situations, such as the Great Depression during Franklin D. Roosevelt's tenure. Long book sales and signing lines affirmed the interest in Mr. Alter's  "The Promise", which concluded the evening with a very satisfied audience. The great interest  in Mr. Alter's event ended with an additional media interview for later airing. For everyone that could not attend the evening at the library, an equally insightful radio hour with Jonathan Alter was aired and is repeated on WFPL's "State of Affairs".

Produced by MIM/MEETT Associates for LFPL.

June 2, 2010

  Dank an die Vertreter der deutschen Equine-Presse für ihren Besuch in USA !

>>> Ja, das war schon einmalig. Wir haben zwar nur ein "kleines" Stück USA kennengelernt, das jedoch so viele Facetten aufweist, dass ich diese vielen Facetten erst noch verarbeiten muss. Dazu kommen die vielen Menschen, die uns begegnet sind, offen, interessiert, gastfreundlich. Das ist schon allein eine Reise wert gewesen. Dass Du selbst alle Wege bereitet und Türen geöffnet hast, ist nicht allein auf Deine engagierte und kompetente Arbeitsweise zurückzuführen, sondern auch auf Deine große Erfahrung in vielen Jahren USA. Einen Reiseführer wie Dich zu haben, ist ein Erlebnis. >>>

M. Stellberger, Berittführer (FN), Pressedienst Pferdesportverband Baden-Württemberg, June 2010

>>> Well, this was unparalleled ! Even if we only experienced a "small" piece of the USA, which however, had so many facets that now I have to first digest all these components. Additionally the many people we met; open, interested and welcoming. This alone was worth the trip. That you yourself laid out the path and opened the doors is not only verification of your committed and competent work method rather, but also of your great know-how in many years in the USA. To have had a guide like you is an experience. >>>   -translation-

 May 18, 2010 - 7:00PM, Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York Street

  New York Times bestselling autor Elizabeth Berg "The Last Time I Saw You"

In her new novel, Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and emotionally resonant story about women and men reconnecting with one another -and themselves- at their fortieth high school class reunion. >>

 The sparkling new auditorium at the Louisville Free Public Library was filled with 300 plus, mostly women, of all ages in devoted anticipation to listen and  see in person their favorite  novelist. At least it appeared this  way that Elizabeth Berg was  their foremost favorite and as  one fan stated during the Q&A  session: she had read every  book of Ms. Berg and many of  them multiple times. Ms. Berg  did not disappoint her audience  and provided just enough  charming insight into "The Last Time I saw You" for her fans to eagerly join Barnes & Noble book sale after the program. The long waiting line for sales and  book signing in Louisville was also affirmation why Elizabeth Berg is a New York Times Bestseller list author, who has more than 20 books out with a  number of them translated into many other languages.

Produced by MIM/MEETT Associates for LFPL/photos MIM, Inc.

 May 12, 2010 - 7:00PM, Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York Street

T.J. Stiles - Pulitzer Price winner and national bestseller -- " The first Tycoon"
"Stiles, a superb researcher, has unearthed quantities of new material and crafted them into the illuminating, authoritative portrait  of Vanderbilt that has been missing for too long." -- The Washington Post
 "Superbly written and researched..... Worthy of its subject." -- The Economist

 Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, by far the wealthiest man of his  time, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt is an American icon. In this definitive life of the great capitalist we see Vanderbilt help  to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation. In fact, as  T. J. Stiles elegantly argues, Vanderbilt did more than perhaps any other individual to create the economic world we live in  today.
 "A mighty-and mighty confident--work... This is state-of-the-art biography, crisper and more piquant than a 600-page book has  any right to be." -- The New York Times

Produced by MIM/MEETT Associates for LFPL.

 March 17, 2010

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot - It was a fascinating evening last Wednesday when author Professor. Dr Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot spoke to an audience of nearly 400, of all ages about the "THIRD CHAPTER -- Passion, Risk and Adventure in the 25 Years after 50" at LFPL. Professorial and engaging, she laid out the findings of some of her individual case studies for this book of people who have made drastic changes in their live's after the age of 50. One could feel the eager tension of many in the audience being in search of their own desires to change directions and looking for encouragement from the author to give life in its third chapter a new and fulfilling meaning. While an evening  like this at LFPL cannot totally fulfill such a desire, the reaction by the audience to Lawrence-Lightfoot's  program was explicit satisfaction - it ended with a lasting standing ovation for  Lawrence-Lightfoot and among  many in the audience having inspired conversation.
 Professor Dr. Lawrence-Lightfoot is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University. Educator,  researcher, aurhor, and public  intellectual, Lawrence-Lighfoot has written nine books including Respect: An Exploration and  The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers  Can Learn from Each Other. Her book Balm in Gilead: Journey of a  Healer won the 1988 Christopher Award, given for "literary merit and humanitarian  achievement."

Event produced by MIM/MEETT Associates for LFPL.

February 16, 2010

B.R. Masuhr MIM/MEETT Associates, Thomas E. Ricks

Despite freezing temperatures and a good amount of snow on the ground Thomas E. Ricks brought nearly 250 People on Tuesday night to the Louisville Free Public Library. The enthralled and prepared audience was ready to ask Ricks questions which he was answering extensively and to everyone's satisfaction. In spite of the heavy subject matter the audience enjoyed the evening and went home understanding that the Iraq dilemma is far from over.
Celebrated journalist Thomas E. Ricks delivered the last inside story of the Iraq war since late 2005 with his bestselling and critically acclaimed book THE GAMBLE: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventures in Iraq. Petraeus gave military expert Ricks extraordinary privileged access to himself and his team for two years, and the result is a chronicle of astonishing vividness and analytic depth.

Powerful and illuminating ... This volume leaves the reader with an understanding of the hard-won military dynamics of the surge... The New York Times

Gripping and brilliantly reported... This is a contemporary history of a vivid and urgent sort. The Los Angeles Times

  In his absorbing, impressively researched new book 'The Gamble,' Ricks examines how the US goals  in Iraq changed in late 2006. Through his impressive access to military and political leaders, Ricks  demonstrated that what fueled this change was a lack of any recognizable progress in Iraq.
  The Boston Globe
 Thomas E. Ricks is The Washington Post's special military correspondent and a member of two  Pulitzer Prize-winning teams for national reporting. In addition, he is a senior fellow at the Center for a  new American Security and a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine. He is the author of
  Fiasco, Making the Corps, and A Soldier's Duty.

Event produced by MIM/MEETT Associates for LFPL.

January 13, 2010

Kay L. Masuhr MIM/MEETT Associates, Julie Kredens NPR contributing Radio Host, Jane Bryant Quinn

On a cold, wintery day, the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) received a warm reception nationally and at home January 11, 2010, when its Library Director Craig Buthod was honored for his visionary and persistent work at LFPL, as Librarian of the Year, by the prestigious national Library Journal . The same day, acclaimed columnist, author and personal financial expert Jane Bryant Quinn visited LFPL, drawing nearly 600 people out of their warm homes into a winter night to listen to her excellent prepared lecture/talk. A very attentive and similarly well prepared audience was ready to test Ms. Quinn's financial advice and analysis -which she passed with ease.
As the Library Journal points out, despite major setbacks, it is Buthod's vision and persistence, as well as his ability to turn setbacks into opportunities for the city's library system and at the end have everyone to come out ahead is what singled him out from strong competition and awarding him the prestigious title Librarian of the Year 2010. Among the many avenues Buthod pursues is his vision for broad appeal and a progressive 21st Century library system for Louisville citizens. He implemented a superb series of Programs for the Public, ranging from exhibits to an excellent authors and lecture series. Kicking off this series a decade ago was the nation-wide recognized Gutenberg exhibit which was visited by well over 100,000 people.
We at MIM/MEETT Associates, the concept developer and producer of the Gutenberg exhibit and most of the following exhibits and authors programs are proud to be contributors during these years that made Louisville and its Library System stronger and brought additional national and international recognition to both. Congratulations Craig and LFPL -we're looking forward to a continuing productive relationship.

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