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Kentucky Opera Lecture Series: Dead Man Walking with Jake Heggie

Kentucky Opera Lecture Series: Dead Man Walking with 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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, special guest Sister Helen Prejean will no longer be able to attend this special panel discussion. In her stead, Principal Conductor Joseph Mechavich and Ellen Douglas Schlaefer, Director of Opera Studies for the University of South Carolina, will join composer Jake 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.


New York Times bestselling author and journalist Blaine Harden at the Main Library, November 13

New York Times bestselling author and journalist Blaine Harden

Main Library, Monday, November 13, 7 p.m.

From the bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14 comes the gripping account of the most powerful American spy you’ve never heard of, whose role at the center of the Korean War—which gave rise to the North Korean regime—is essential to understanding one of the most intractable foreign policy conflicts of our time.

Blaine Harden has served as The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Northeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. He was a national correspondent for The New York Times and has contributed to The Economist, PBS Frontline, Time, and Foreign Policy.

Join him for a discussion of his latest book, King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea. The program is free, but tickets are required - click here.


Award-winning author Nate Blakeslee at the Main Library, December 12

Award-winning author Nate Blakeslee

Main Library, Tuesday, December 12, 7 p.m.

From award-winning author Nate Blakeslee comes the gripping true story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved and feared her. American Wolf is a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing culture clash in the West—between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country’s most iconic landscapes.

Author Nate Blakeslee is a writer-at-large for Texas Weekly. Join him for a discussion of his book American Wolf: A True Story Of Survival And Obsession In The West.

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

   

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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: 10/19/17