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Kentucky Live! presents Fenton Johnson and “The Man Who Loved Birds: A Novel”

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Fenton Johnson, Assoc. Prof. of Creative Writing, Univ. of AZ in Tucson & Spalding Univ., Louisville, KY

One of Kentucky’s most celebrated writers, Fenton Johnson, will be the featured speaker in our next Kentucky Live Series on Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  He’ll be talking about his newest novel The Man Who Loved Birds which is set in Nelson county Kentucky.  Johnson was born the youngest of nine children into a Kentucky whiskey-making family of storytellers. He moved to San Francisco at the of seventeen just in time to experience the Cultural Revolution and anti-war protests which were occurring in California in the early 1970s.  He received a scholarship to attend Stanford University and later an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop.  He’s taught in the creative writing programs at San Francisco State University, Columbia University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and UC Davis and is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.

Crossing the River by Fenton Johnson

Crossing the River by Fenton Johnson

His first novel Crossing the River, published in 1989 to quote one reviewer “describes a head strong Southern woman with a rebellious spirit.” Another commented it’s “one woman’s reawakening and her son’s coming of age in the heartland of America.”

Scissors, Paper, Rock by Fenton Johnson

Scissors, Paper, Rock by Fenton Johnson

In his second novel Scissors, Paper, Rock: A Novel published in 1993, a son with an AIDS diagnosis returns to his rural Kentucky home to care for his dying father. The reviewer for the New York Times wrote “memory, love grief, death and desire are the stuff of Johnson’s powerfully moving novel.” Widely praised it won a number of literary awards.

Geography of the Heart by Fenton Johnson

Geography of the Heart by Fenton Johnson

His autobiographical memoir Geography of the Heart about the death of his lover from AIDS published in 1996 won the Lambda Literary Award for Biography/Autobiography while his Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey Among Christian and Buddhist Monks, a meditation on what it means for a skeptic to have and keep faith won both a Lambda Literary Award and a Kentucky Literary Award for creative non-fiction.

Keeping Faith: A Skeptic's Journey Among Christian and Buddhist Monks by Fenton Johnson

Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey Among Christian and Buddhist Monks by Fenton Johnson

Shorter works have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, the Sewanee Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and Harper’s.

Hassie Breeding Helton being interviewed

Hassie Breeding Helton being interviewed in Stranger With a Camera, screenplay by Fenton Johnson

He’s also written narrations for award-winning documentaries shown on PBS’s Frontline and at the Sundance Film Festival, most notably Stranger with A Camera produced though Appalshop, the Southern Appalachian Cultural Center, which won a Columbia/Dupont Journalism Award.

The Man Who Loved Birds by Fenton Johnson

The Man Who Loved Birds by Fenton Johnson

Most recently his third novel The Man Who Loved Birds was published in 2016 by the University Press of Kentucky which also released new editions of his earlier novels and a collection of essays Notes of an Emigrant Son: New and Selected Essays is due out next month from Sarabande Books.  Going It Alone: On the Dignity and Challenge of Solitude based on a cover story he wrote for Harper’s Magazine will be published in 2018.

Fenton Johnson

Fenton Johnson

Fenton’s writing has been supported by Wallace Stegner, James Michener and Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships and the National Endowment for the Arts and he was recently interviewed on Terry Gross’s Fresh Air. He conducts creative writing workshops across the country and lectures on the issues of faith and spirituality as well as on the role of the arts and humanities in medicine and caregiving.

SOKY Bookfest 2017 Poster

SOKY Bookfest 2017 Poster

He’ll also be in residence at this year’s Southern Kentucky Bookfest on Saturday, April 22 at the Knicely Convention Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Join us to hear Fenton Johnson talk about his new novel, The Man Who Loved Birds. The event is free and open to the public, as well as ‘swipeable’ for WKU students. Door prizes and a book signing will follow!

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Far Away Places presents Ronald Fritze and “Egyptomania: A History of Fascination, Obsession, and Fantasy”

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Ronald H. Fritze, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Athens State University, Athens, AL

 

Historian Ron Fritze will be the featured speaker in our April Far Away Places series on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (1680 Campbell Lane).

Fritze is the Dean of Arts & Sciences at Athens States University.  He’ll be talking about his newest book (his eleventh) which has been drawing international attention Egyptomania: A History of Fascination, Obsession and Fantasy published this winter by Reaktion Books and the University of Chicago Press.

Egyptomania: A History of Fascination, Obsession, and Fantasy

Egyptomania: A History of Fascination, Obsession, and Fantasy by Ronald H. Fritze

Fritze received his MA and MLS from LSU and a D Phil from Cambridge and has taught history at LSU, Lamar and Central Arkansas.  His early research focused on the Tudor-Stuart period of English history. He’s since expanded his interests to include the history of the great discoveries and historical legends.  He’s the author of 11 books.  Among the most popular include Legends and Lore of the Americas Before 1492 published in 1993, Travel Legend and Lore published in 1998,  and New Worlds: The Great Voyages of Discovery, 1400-1600 published in 2002.  While all of these drew plaudits from the critics and several won awards, his 2009 book Invented Knowledge: False History, Fake Science and Pseudo-Religions has been the most widely discussed in the U.S. and the U.K.,  translated into several different languages and even recommended by the Times Educational Supplement.

Travel, Legend, and Lore: An Encyclopedia by Ronald Fritze

Travel, Legend, and Lore: An Encyclopedia by Ronald H. Frtize

Invented Knowledge, by Ronald Fritze

Invented Knowledge: False History, Fake Science and Pseudo-religions by Ronald H. Fritze

In his newest book he describes how Ancient Egypt has been the focus of awe and fascination from its beginnings in the Age of Pyramids to the present day.  In Egyptomania  Fritze takes us on a historical journey to unearth the Egypt of the past, a place inhabited by strange gods, powerful magic, spell-binding hieroglyphs, and the uncanny, mummified remains of ancient people. To quote the reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly “the book delves into how the realities of Egyptology have been reimagined or misinterpreted as sources of hermeticism, portals to another reality, or tokens to confer knowledge and respectability.”   He covers the pyramids, archaeology, film, popular fiction and a wide range of concerns and forms.

We hope you’ll join us for a fascinating evening.  A book signing will follow.

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Far Away Places presents “The Dominican Republic: The Land Columbus Loved, or the Land that Loathes Columbus”

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Bellarmine historian Eric Roorda was the featured speaker in WKU Libraries’ Far Away Places series on the evening of March 23, 2017 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Bowling Green, KY, on the topic The Dominican Republic: The Land Columbus Loved, or the Land that Loathes Columbus. His talk concluded with him signing his eponymous book.

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Kentucky Live! presents David J. Bettez with “Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front”

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David Bettez, the retired Director of the Office of International Programs at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, spoke in this year’s Kentucky Live! series on March 9, 2017 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (1680 Campbell Lane). He talked about his newest book Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front . The publication of his book and his talk coincide with the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

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Kentucky Live! presents “Wine-ing Your Way Across Kentucky” with Becky Kelley & Kathy Woodhouse

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WKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live!” speaker series opened up its spring season with “Wineing Your Way Across Kentucky: Recipes, History, and Scenery” on the evening of February 16, 2017 in Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Bowling Green, KY. While Kentucky is known for its bourbon industry, wine has been a growing industry in recent years with new wineries applying for licenses every year. Childhood friends Becky Kelley and Kathy Woodhouse traveled across Kentucky visiting over seventy wineries. The book includes Kelley’s description of each winery, with its location, hours, and events information, along with Woodhouse’s amazing photography and favorite recipes using the wines.

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2016 Margie Helm Awards

WKU Libraries celebrated the end of Fall 2016 with a holiday gathering at 440 Main.

Congratulations to the following Margie Helm Award winners:

2016 Faculty Award to: Nancy Richey

2016 Staff Award to: Kenneth Foushee

Student Awards to: Brendan Bird, Kelsea Perkins, Kole Feinauer, and Lein Vu

Team Award: The Alma Implementation Team: Project Manager Deana Groves, Eric Fisher, Uma Doraiswamy, Laura DeLancey, Dan Forrest, Jack Montgomery, Terry Perkins, and Nelda Sims

Team Award: The Helm-Cravens Display Committee: Katie King, Paula Bowles, Ryan Dowell, Debbie LaMastus, Jessica Simpson and Allison Sircy

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Southern Kentucky Book Fest celebrated its 18th year

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest celebrated its 18th year this past April, welcoming over 140 authors and illustrators to the Knicely Center in Bowling Green for two full days of celebrating reading and the love of books. With dozens of panels and presentations on Saturday, book fans were able to learn from and interact with best-selling authors representing all literary genres. On Friday, aspiring teen and adult writers attended writing conferences with authors, focusing on everything from writing with the 5 senses to character development and more.

SOKY Book Fest events are free and open to the public, and we’ve got plenty of exciting programs to celebrate literacy throughout the year. Visit our website sokybookfest.org, or find us on facebook, twitter, and Instagram for updates and announcements. If you have any questions, send an email to Book Fest coordinator and Literary Outreach Coordinator Sara Volpi at sara.volpi@wku.edu.

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Southern Kentucky Book Fest 2016

2016.04.22_ bookfest _lewis-0032The Southern Kentucky Book Fest celebrated its 18th year this past April, welcoming over 140 authors and illustrators to the Knicely Center in Bowling Green for two full days of celebrating readingMTA-pubedit and the love of books. With dozens of panels and presentations on Saturday, book fans were able to learn from and interact with best-selling authors representing all literary genres. On Friday, aspiring teen and adult writers attended writing conferences with authors, focusing on everything from writing with the 5 senses to character development and more.

DSC00476SOKY Book Fest events are free and open to the public, and we’ve got plenty of exciting programs to celebrate literacy throughout the year. Visit our website sokybookfest.org, or find us on facebook, twitter, and Instagram for updates and announcements. If you have any questions, send an email to Book Fest coordinator and Literary Outreach Coordinator Sara Volpi at sara.volpi@wku.edu.

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Tracing the Unexplored: Carlos de la Torre’s “Assessing Left Wing Populism in Latin America”

lat_20160330111015507On Monday, April 11 WKU Libraries, in collaboration with the Depts. of Modern Languages, Political Science, Sociology, the School of Journalism and Broadcasting, and the Office of International Programs, hosted Carlos de la Torre, Professor at the University of Kentucky, as part of the Tracing the Unexplored speaker series. A native of Quito, Ecuador, de la Torre moved to the United States in 1979, earned his BA in Sociology in 1983 from the University of Florida, and ultimately earned his PhD in 1993 from the New School for Social Research in New York for his study of Ecuadorean Populism in the 1930s and 40s, focusing on the early career of Jose Maria Velasco.

Before coming to UK in 2011 he previously taught at Drew University and Northeastern University, was a professor in the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede (FLASCO) in Ecuador, was a Fulbright Scholar, a Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He now serves as International Studies Program Director and Professor of Sociology at UK and teaches courses on topics like Global Racism, Global Populism, and Media and Politics in Latin America. He has authored twelve books, most recently Latin American Populism of the Twenty-First Century in 2013 and Promises and Perils of Populism: Global Perspectives in 2015, as well as contributing occasionally to Spain’s leading newspaper El Pais and maintaining a weekly column in Dario Hoy, Quito’s leading newspaper.

De la Torre’s talk focused on “Assessing Left Wing Populism in Latin America: The Examples of Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador”, examing why Hugo chavez Evo Morales and Rafael Correa were elected, the similarities and differences among their regimes, and the challenges to their populismand was held at 4:30 p.m. at the Faculty House.

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Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century

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The final speaker for the WKU Libraries’ 2015-2016 season of “Far Away Places” was Peter Lorge, who is an Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN specializing in the history of 10th and 11th century China, war history and military thought, guns and gunpowder, Chinese martial arts, and Chinese film. Lorge spoke about his book Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century on the evening of April 22, 2016 at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bowling Green, Ky, a co-sponsor of the event.

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