Some of Katie’s favorite local books are about pro wrestling in Louisville. | Photo by LOUtoday
What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor (or former neighbor). Brew up a batch of your favorite cup of teaorcoffee and get ready to meet your next read, because we’re talking about locally-written books in Louisville.
“The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo” by Ian Stansel | Release date: July 2017 | This contemporary Western drama follows the story of two brothers locked in a deadly feud.
“Sister” by Sarah Anne Strickley | Release date: January 2021 | A woman named Sister attempts to make a family out of the wreckage of her youthful indiscretions in rural Southeastern Ohio.
For the family
“L is for Louisville” by Gill Holland Jr. | Release date: January 2010 | Louisville artists created kid-friendly artworks to accompany 26 pieces of Louisville trivia in this abecedary.
“Little Grump Truck” by Amanda Driscoll | Release date: August 2021 | Ride along with a cute, but moody dump truck learning mindful tools to handle emotions.
“Horsepower” by Joy Priest | Release date: 2020 | In this breakout collection of poems about the backside of Churchill Downs is part of the Pitt Poetry Series.
“A is for Alibi” by Sue Grafton | Release date: April 1982 | This is the first book in a 25 part series that follows the investigations of fictional character Kinsey Millhone.
“Little Brother: A Memoir” by Sallie Bingham | Release date: May 2022 | This memoir tells the story of Sallie’s brother Jonathan and his all-too brief life and trouble relating to his large, prominent Louisville family.
“A Dark Room in Glitter Ball City” by David Dominé | Release date: October 2021 | This true crime saga of the 2010 Old Louisville murder of James Carroll is told through David’s perspective as he sits in on trials + more.
Japanese Garden Groundbreaking | Thurs., Sept. 29 | 10-11 a.m. | Waterfront Botanical Gardens | Free | Celebrate the start of the Japanese Garden with the designer, Shiro Nakane, visiting from Japan + enjoy green tea and cookies. 🌸
Kentucky Author Forum | Thurs., Sept. 29 | 5-9 p.m. | The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater | $35+ | Hear a live interview featuring The Wall Street Journal’s China Deputy Bureau Chief Josh Chin — author of “Surveillance State.”
Dr. Creepers Spookshow Spectacular| Fri., Sept. 30 | 8-11 p.m. | Pope Lick Park, 4002 S. Pope Lick Rd. | $5 | Hear local lore brought to life during a theatrical performance. 👻
Louisville Taco Festival | Sat., Oct. 1-Sun., Oct. 2 | 2-7 p.m. | Fourth Street Live | $10+ | Dig into all things tacos at this two-day fest with 15+ food vendors, margaritas, a chili pepper eating contest, and giant beer pong. 🌮
Loving Highsmith | Sat., Oct. 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Speed Art Museum |$12 | Watch this film about the life of American author Patricia Highsmith based on her diaries, notebooks + the intimate reflections of her lovers, friends, and family. 📽️
Portland Museum Art and Heritage Fair | Sat., Oct. 1 | 12-5 p.m. | The Portland Museum, 2308 Portland Ave. | Free | Shop local makers, see live puppetry, try your hand at printmaking + more.
First Sunday Nature Hike | Sun., Oct. 2 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest | $10+ | Hit the trails at Bernheim with a naturalist on this adults-only hike. 🥾
Nikki Lane | Tue., Oct. 4 | 8 p.m. | Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. | $20 | See this American country music singer-songwriter on her Denim and Diamonds Tour.
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Soy wax candle company Commonwealth Candle is opening a brick-and-mortar inside the Mellwood Art Center in studio 155. The shop + candle bar will carry its bestselling scents — like Apple Bourbon — and have an option for patrons to create their own. Sniff its fall scent collection. 🕯️
Kentucky Shakespeare is presenting a new, immersive experience at its headquarters in Old Louisville for the Halloween season. “Enter Ghost” is an interactive, hour-long performance inspired by Shakespeare’s longest play “Hamlet” — which is 29,551 words long. The show will run Wed., Oct. 5-Sun., Oct. 30 + tickets are available now. 💀
Against the Grain’s cocktail bar and venue, The Whirling Tiger, has closed its doors in Butchertown. The iconic venue — known for its mid-century furniture and decor — was open less than a year. The closure comes almost exactly a month after Gold Bar, also in Butchertown, announced its closing.
On Monday, former WAVE meteorologist John Belski was inducted into the Kentucky Broadcasters Hall of Fame. John worked at the station from 1987 to 2010. A few highlights of his tenure include meeting with former President Bill Clinton to discuss global warming + being the first person to present a daily 14-day forecast. (WAVE)
Pinch your nose, Louisvillians. Complaints of a stinky odor have been traveling through the air almost as fast as the stench itself. Some say it smells like rotten eggs, others are getting a whiff of sulfur. Officials say it’s a common sewer gas(hydrogen sulfide)caused by the warm, dry weather. 👃 (WFPL)
The annual Fairdale Fair, which can be traced back to 1930, begins today. Festivities which include a parade, car show, vendor booths, carnival rides + a performance by American Idol contestant Jackson Snelling will take place through Sat., Oct. 1 at the Fairdale Playtorium at 10104 Mitchell Hill Rd. 🎡
Millions of photos taken during the 154 years of the Courier-Journalare being preserved thanks to a partnership with the University of Louisville. The collections range from the mid-1930s to the early 2000s — when digital photography replaced film — and cover events like the Great Flood of 1937, World War II + more. (WAVE)
Did you know that several Louisville Free Public Library locations have public electric car charging stations? Crescent Hill, Jeffersontown, Northeast + Middletown all have outlets to recharge your wheels — just in time for Drive Electric Week. 🔌
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Kentucky’s rival spirit is nothing to, well, rival with —it’s something to celebrate and besides, who doesn’t love a little friendly competition?
On Sat., Nov. 5, the Frazier History Museum downtown will open its latest temporary exhibit, “Kentucky Rivalries.” The experimental exhibit will feature some of Kentucky’s most iconic competitive clashes from the Hatfields and McCoys to local high school face-offs (you know which ones) and the longstanding Cards vs. Cats feud.
And it doesn’t matter whose side you’re on, you’ll meet all the villains, heroes, players, and companies responsible for these great rivalries.
One conflict we’re especially excited to see revived is the 19th and 20th-century cave wars between landowners in Mammoth Cave who fought to monopolize tourist dollars — both in the courtroom and along area roads. Too interested to wait? Check out this podcast episode of “Southern Mysteries.”
DYK: The famous Hatfield and McCoy conflict inspired the TV show “Family Feud.”
Today’s issue was written by Senior City Editor Katie.
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