Upcoming Events

New York Times bestselling author and journalist Jonathan Eig

Award-winning journalist and former Beijing and Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times
Richard McGregor

Main Library, Monday, September 25, 7 p.m.

The confrontational course on which China and Japan are set is no simple spat between neighbors and the fallout could cause an economic tsunami affecting manufacturing centers, trade routes, and political capitals on every continent. Richard McGregor’s latest book, Asia's Reckoning, takes us behind the headlines to show how American power will stand or fall on its ability to hold its ground in Asia.

The program is free, but tickets are required - click here.

New York Times bestselling author and journalist Jonathan Eig

New York Times bestselling author and journalist Jonathan Eig

Main Library, Tuesday, October 10, 7 p.m.

LFPL is pleased to welcome back Jonathan Eig as part of the Craig Buthod Author Series. His latest book, Ali: A Life, has been lauded as the most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published.

Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig "a master storyteller" and Eig's books have been listed among the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Sports Illustrated. Join him for a discussion about the extraordinary life of Louisville's native son.

The program is free, but tickets are required - click here.

Jerry Abramson at the Main Library, October 12, 6:30 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa of Kentuckiana presents
Louisville to the White House

Main Library, October 12, 6:30 p.m.

Join Jerry Abramson for his story of how a Seneca High School grad who grew up working at his family’s three-aisle grocery store in the Smoketown neighborhood committed his life to public service. He will share experiences from serving for over two decades as Mayor of the “old” City of Louisville and the first Mayor of the “Newly Expanded” City of Louisville; as Lt. Governor of Kentucky with Governor Steve Beshear; and as a member of President Obama’s Senior Staff in the West Wing of the White House.

The program is free, but tickets are required - click here.

Kentucky Opera Lecture Series: Dead Man Walking with Sister Helen Prejean and and Jake Heggie

Kentucky Opera Lecture Series: Dead Man Walking with author Sister Helen Prejean and composer Jake Heggie

Main Library, Thursday, October 26, 6:30 p.m.

Faith. Justice. Redemption. These may be familiar operatic themes, but Dead Man Walking is no ordinary opera: the story revolves around a nun and her journey to advise a condemned prisoner on death row. Set in contemporary Louisiana, the opera is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean and composed by Jake Heggie.

Join special guests Sister Prejean and Heggie for a discussion about opera, redemption, and the criminal justice system. Ian Derrer, General Director of Kentucky Opera, serves as moderator. Their thoughtful dialogue will offer a unique background to Dead Man Walking, performed by Kentucky Opera on October 27 and 29 at the Brown Theatre.

This lecture is the second of a three-part series with the Kentucky Opera. The program is free, but tickets are required - click here.

Suki Kim - "Undercover in North Korea"

The UofL Center for Asian Democracy and the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana and the Louisville Free Public Library present

"Undercover in North Korea" with Suki Kim
2017 Annual Lecture in Asian Democracy

Main Library, Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.

Suki Kim is the New York Times bestselling author of Without You, There Is No Us. The book chronicles the six months Kim spent teaching English to the 19-year-old sons of North Korea's ruling class at a brand-new university staffed only by foreigners. She is the only writer to go undercover in North Korea to investigate and write a book from the inside. In this talk, Kim offers an unprecedented and surprisingly moving look into the day-to-day machinations of North Korea’s totalitarian regime through the lens of her own remarkable experiences. 

Moderated by Mark Hebert. This is a free program, but registration is requested. Click here to reserve your seat.

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The Craig Buthod Author Series - named in honor of former library director Craig Buthod - is an endowed library program that brings award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors to Louisville. Previously called Authors at the Library, the series was endowed in 2015 by donors to the Library Foundation.  To make a gift to the Craig Buthod Author Series endowment, click here.

Last Updated: 9/21/17