Upcoming Events

Award-winning novelist Elliot Ackerman

Writer and author Elliot Ackerman

Main Library, Thursday, February 23, 7 PM

From the author of the acclaimed book Green on Blue comes a timely new novel, Dark at the Crossing: a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border with Syria.

American writer and author Elliot Ackerman is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

This program is free, but tickets are required; call (502) 574-1644 to order.

Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective Courage

LFPL and the University of Louisville Brandeis Law School present economist and author Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Main Library, Sunday, March 5, 2 PM

Jessica Gordon Nembhard's groundbreaking book Collective Courage chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality. Through her research, Gordon Nembhard finds that African Americans, as well as other people of color and low-income people, have benefitted greatly from cooperative ownership and democratic economic participation throughout the nation’s history.

Jessica Gordon Nembhard is Associate Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York. Join her for a discussion of the history of African American cooperative economics and what role the cooperative model can play today.

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

Special thanks to these program sponsors: UofL Office of the Vice Provost of Diversity & International Affairs, The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Louisville Food Co-op, Sowers of Justice Network, The Louisville Urban League, Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, New Roots, Inc. and Fresh Stop Markets

Award-winning professor Scott Sonenshein

Professor of Management at Rice University Scott Sonenshein

Main Library, Wednesday, March 22, 7 PM

Drawing from examples in business, education, sports, medicine, and history, Rice University professor Scott Sonenshein's latest book Stretch provides a groundbreaking approach to succeeding in business and life, using the science of resourcefulness.

Through his research in psychology and management, Sonenshein examines why some people and organizations succeed with so little, while others fail with so much.His award winning research, teaching, and consulting has helped Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals in industries such as technology, healthcare, retail, education, banking, manufacturing, and non-profits.

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

Jill Jonnes author of Urban Forests

Trees Louisville presents Jill Jonnes author of Urban Forests

Main Library, Friday, April 14, 6 PM

As nature’s largest and longest-lived creations, trees play an extraordinarily important role in our cities. Today, four-fifths of Americans live in or near urban areas, surrounded by millions of trees of hundreds of different species. Despite their ubiquity and familiarity, most of us take trees for granted and know little of their fascinating natural history or remarkable civic virtues.

Jill Jonnes’s Urban Forests tells the captivating stories of the founding mothers and fathers of urban forestry, and discusses the value of trees to public health and to our urban infrastructure.

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

Lauren Tarshis, bestselling children's author of the I Survived series

Carmichael's Kids presents Lauren Tarshis

Main Library, Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 PM

Chilren's author Lauren Tarshis is the New York Times Bestselling author of the I Survived series. These fast-paced historical fiction books for kids in grades 3–5, focus on a historical disaster from the perspective of a boy or girl who lived to tell the tale. Join her for a discussion of the latest book in the series Tornado Terror: True Tornado Survival Stories and Amazing Facts from History and Today.

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

Writer, journalist, and Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Chris Whipple

Writer, journalist, and Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Chris Whipple

Main Library, Monday, April 24, 7 PM

Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, Chris Whipple's latest book, The Gatekeepers, offers an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions—and inactions—have defined the course of our country.

The chiefs of staff, often referred to as “the gatekeepers,” wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president and enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks.

Chris Whipple is an acclaimed writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and a multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning producer at CBS’s 60 Minutes and ABC’s Primetime.

This 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: 2/23/17