Thursday, August 29, 2013

Local Literary Events

Sat Oct 19 – Lexington — 4:00 pm: The Morris Book Shop: Veteran Kentucky poet Jeff Worley will read and sign his latest collection, A Little Luck, winner of the X. J. Kennedy Prize from Texas Review Press. “In A Little Luck, Jeff Worley presents that rarest of commodities—a voice encyclopedic in its attentions, clever, self-aware, and deeply likeable.”—Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox: Poems 882 E. High Street; 859-276-0494.

Monday, Oct 21 - 7:00 pm W.T. Young Library @ University of Kentucky

Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-8:30 pm. Carnegie Center:   
International Eating & Reading Night. Readers, writers and eaters from all over the world come together to taste food and sample poetry from around the globe. Emceed by Katerina Klemer. Free. Participants asked to bring a dish from their country of origin. Open mic for non-English speakers who want to read poetry in their home language.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7-10 pm. Carnegie Center:  
Carnegie Classics: The Great Gatsby. A Gatsby-immersion evening of music, dance, fashion design, and artistic surprises inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic. $10/$15 at door. 

Past Events:

September 7, 2013 - Roots and Heritage Festival at the Lyric Theatre
4:00pm “Coal Black Voices” documentary
Coal Black Voices is an intimate mosaic of images, poetry, and storytelling by the Affrilachian Poets as they give glimpses of life in the American Black South and Appalachian region.

5:00pm “Affrilachian Poets Showcase”
As experienced in The Roots & Heritage Festival’s initial years, The Lyric Theatre is bringing back the Affrilachian Poets- this time to The Lyric stage.

Sat Sep 7 – Lexington — 4:00 pm: The Morris Book Shop: EKU English and theatre professor Christina Lovin will read and sign her poetry collection, A Stirring in the Dark. “Christina Lovin is unafraid of the muck and the rot of ditches and cellars in this fearless collection. She is an enduring witness. She keeps the faith for us.”—Bruce Smith, author of Devotions. 882 E. High Street; 859-276-0494.

September 9, 8:00 pm at Transylvania University 
Malian artist will be performing at Transylvania University. The concert is free and it's at 8pm.  More details on the event can be found in the link below.

Thursday Sept. 12 at 10 PM
Free screening of THE GREAT GATSBY, co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and the Night Night Film Series. Get there early, at 9:30 or so, to get a good seat, free popcorn, and a chance to win our drawing or our trivia contest.  Prizes include copies of THIS SIDE OF PARADISE (F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel, set at Princeton University),  the soundtrack to GATSBY, Starbucks giftcards, and more.

September 13, 2013
 Holler in the Park  
Carnegie Center's 21st Birthday Celebration benefit for the Carnegie Center
Readings, Music, Local Food, Local Beverages

Gwenda Bond signs "The Woken Gods" at the Morris Book Shop
Start: 09/14/2013 6:00 pm
End: 09/14/2013 7:00 pm
Our friend Gwenda Bond will sign her second novel for young adults, The Woken Gods.

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4-5:30 pm. Carnegie Center:  Masters of Cartooning, a panel discussion and demonstration with Joel Pett and four other nationally known political cartoonists. $35. The Masters of Cartooning session is SOLD OUT but tickets are available for the 5:30-7:30 pm exhibit opening of Joel Pett: A 30-Year Retrospective, which includes 60 cartoons drawn over 30 years. $10/$15 at door.
Wednesday, September 18 - Worsham Theater 3pm Lecture, 5-6:30 Film Screening
Alex Rivera presents Sleep Dealer is set in a near-future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences where three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology.

Friday, September 20, 2013
Time: 5-8pm
Grand Opening: The Science of Sound Discovery Exhibit Grand
Embark on a sensational sonic journey through the physics and biology of sound as you step into our latest Discovery Exhibit. Visitors will have the opportunity to: Explore sound as energy and experiment with moving sound through solids, liquids, and gases! Create music and art with instruments, sound, and motion! Explore the natural world while discovering amazing sounds that occur in nature! Become a sound sleuth while learning about the anatomy of ears and species survival! And more!

Fri Sep 20 – Lexington – The Morris Book Shop
Gloria Nixon-John, Author of The Killing Jar.

Fri-Sat Sep 20-21 – Lexington – Author and book coach Peggy DeKay will be making two presentations at the Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference in Lexington, KY. For more information and to register, visit

Sat Sep 20-21 — Lexington – 35th annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference with workshops, craft talks, and readings by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Kia Corthron, Claire Dederer, Peggy DeKay, Jennifer Haigh, Ada Limón, Molly Peacock, Kiki Petrosino, Paisley Rekdal, and Sonya Renee Taylor. $175 adults before Aug. 1, $30 undergraduates. Postgraduate scholarships available. For more information and to register visit

Sun Sep 22 — Lexington Carnegie Center — Stars with Accents readings by Ada Limón, George Ella Lyon, and Sara Freligh, hosted by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Carnegie Center, 7 p.m.

Sep. 25th, 7:30 PM at the MLK Center. Gustavo Arrellano, author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America and the syndicated Ask a Mexican column, will be giving a talk for the UK's Year of Mexico. 

Friday, September 27th, 12:00PM, Noon - Law Building Room 110
Poetry will be slammed tonight from 8 - 10 pm in the Cats Den! Brownies and cookies will be served. The winners will get gift cards and certificates to local restaurants, so come on out and read your poetry! Not only is it great to practice reading your own work aloud, but this is an opportunity to share it with others. 

Dr. Kaila Story will be giving a lecture to a large group of students on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Noon. The lecture will be given in the Law Building Room 110.  Her research explores the intersections of race, class, and sexuality in identity performance, mass media, body politics, and the like. She is assessing how reality television posits Black and Female identity and reinforces past controlling images of Black women. Her other research interests are Gender Socialization, Transnational Sexualities, Black feminisms, and Transnational Feminisms. 

October 8, Graphite Creative Writers  8-10pm at the Cats Den!
Poetry will be slammed tonight from 8 - 10 pm in the Cats Den! Brownies and cookies will be served. The winners will get gift cards and certificates to local restaurants, so come on out and read your poetry! Not only is it great to practice reading your own work aloud, but this is an opportunity to share it with others.

Oct 8 Carnegie Center - Kentucky Great Writers series reading event. 
The fun starts at 7:00 with an open mic, and we hope GCWA members will come out and read their works! There is a 3 minute limit per reader. Then at 7:30, we’ll have readings by thriller writer David Bell (Never Come Back), Affrilachian Poet Kelly Norman Ellis (Offerings of Desire), and Kentucky Literary Award Winner James C. Nicholson (Never Say Die). Admission is free.

Oct 10 2:00 – 3:30 pm Mark Mattmiller signs "Neighboring"
Morris Book Shop
The Morris Book Shop welcomes Cynthiana's Mark Mattmiller as he signs his story collection, Neighboring: Stories from the Heart of Kentucky.
Location: 882 E High St  Lexington, Kentucky   40502.

Sat Oct 11 at 5:30 - Angela Correll signs "Grounded" at the Morris Book Shop
The Morris Book Shop will host the release of Grounded, the debut novel from Kentucky's Angela Correll, who owns the Bluebird restaurant in Stanford with her husband.

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