New Fiction by Ed Hamilton @ Carmichael’s + INKY + Writer’s BLock = consider your week booked

“In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on this clash of cultures between the old and the new, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the face of a rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut. Ranging over the whole panorama of New York neighborhoods—from the East Village to Hell’s Kitchen, and from the Bowery to Washington Heights—Hamilton weaves a spellbinding web of urban mythology. Punks, hippies, beatniks, squatters, junkies, derelicts, and anarchists—the entire pantheon of urban demigods— gambol through a grungy subterranean Elysium of dive bars, cheap diners, flophouses, and shooting galleries, searching for meaning and a place to make their stand.”

“Greg had started his shop, the aptly named Fat Hippie Books, in the mid-eighties on a burned-out block of New York’s East Village. The shop was around the corner from the famous punk venue CBGB and the former office of the Yipster Times. When he moved in, the store was right across the street from a rubble-strewn lot where junkies shot up. Now, in 2004, there was a brand new condo building there. The neighborhood had gentrified, but the bookstore remained the same: aged tomes spilling off the sagging wooden shelves onto unstable piles rising up from the creaking floor. And when the door popped open with a clatter of bells, plate glass, old boards and rusty hinges, a gust of wind might set the dust to swirling, some of the same dust maybe as back in the eighties, and patrons would catch a whiff of that unmistakable used bookstore smell. And these patrons, each of that furtive, clandestine race who frequent such places, would feel that familiar tingle of recognition deep in their brain stems that told them instinctively what this place was about: the preservation of knowledge, the suspension of time.” — From The Chintz Age

unnamed2     Ed Hamilton will discuss his writhing on the radio hour on Artxfm.com at 1pm Thursday, November, 12  You can hear him read live in person later the same evening at Carmichael’s Books on Frankfort Ave, 7pm

Event date:
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 7:00pm
Event address:
2720 Frankfort Ave
LouisvilleKY 40206

Born in Atlanta, GA, writer, journalist and blogger Ed Hamilton grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a master’s degree in philosophy and a bachelor’s in psychology. The author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York’s Rebel Mecca (Da Capo, 2007), Hamilton’s fiction and non-fiction have also appeared in dozens of small journals, magazines, and newspapers, both on-line and off. In 2005, together with his wife, Debbie Martin, Hamilton founded “Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea” Blog, the world’s first hotel blog. In 2007, developers took over Hamilton’s beloved Chelsea Hotel, intent on gutting the iconic building and evicting its artistic residents. Hamilton, together with a small group of other tenants who became his friends, devoted the next few years of his life to fighting for the continued existence of one of the last outposts of bohemia in Manhattan. As of this writing, Hamilton is still living at the Chelsea Hotel. Please join us for a reading and book signing of his newest work, The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York.


Also this week:  InKy kicks off the 5th Annual Writers Block, curated by the Louisville Literary Arts 
If you have yet to register for a workshop there are a few spots left !
F R I D A Y ———– I N K Y 
Friday, October 13 , 2015
7 p.m. at the The Bard’s Town
Free and Open to the Public
Open-mic sign-ups will begin at 6:45

Lee Martin  is the author of the novels The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of Heaven; Quakertown; and Break the Skin. He has also published three memoirs, From Our House, Turning Bones, and Such a Life. His first book was the short story collection, The Least You Need To Know. He is the co-editor of Passing the Word: Writers on Their Mentors. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper’s, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He was the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from Ohio State.

Danielle Dutton’s  fiction has appeared in magazines such as Harper’s, BOMB, Fence, and Noon. She is the author of a collection of prose pieces, Attempts at a Life, and a novel, SPRAW L, which was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. In 2015, Siglio Press released Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, an artist’s book with texts by Dutton and images by Richard Kraft. In 2016, Catapult will publish her novel Margaret the First, about the life of the seventeenth-century writer Margaret Cavendish. She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Washington University, and in 2010, Dutton founded the small press Dorothy, a publishing project.

Bobbi Buchanan  is founding editor of New Southerner Magazine, an online journal focusing on self-sufficiency, environmental stewardship and local economies. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Louisville Review, GreenPrints, New Madrid and other publications. She received the 2007 Emerging Writers Award in Nonfiction from the Southern Women Writers Conference at Berry College.


The Keynote Reader is Pulitzer Prize winner, Adam Johnson

We are pleased to announce our festival keynote reader, presented by the University of Louisville’s Anne and William Axton Reading Series.  Adam Johnson has received many awards for his novels and short stories.  He is a professor of English at Stanford University and a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Playboy, GQ, Paris Review, Granta, Tin House and Best American Short Stories. He is the author of Emporium, a short-story collection, as well as the novels Parasites Like Us and The Orphan Master’s Son, for which he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Johnson’s latest story collection is Interesting Facts, published by Random House.  Mr. Johnson has recently been named a finalist for the NationalBook Award for his most recent book, Fortune Smiles, 
  
The reading, Q & A and book signings are from 5 to 7 PM. 
This event is open to the public at no cost. First come, first seated!
Read a brief review of Orphan Master’s Son by one of LLA’s board members

Announcing a WB Festival Afterparty

featuring the Literary Death Match!

After a day of  conversation, inspiration education and enlightenment, there will be a raucous afterparty—a spirited literary competition. Celebrity writers will “compete” in this  ticketed emceed performance at The Haymarket Whiskey Bar

Literary Death Match has been performed  in 57 cities worldwide.  The LA Times has called it “the most entertaining reading series ever.”

This Literary Death Match Louisville debut features emcee Adrian Todd Zuniga, who will lead this performance, which brings four authors together to read their most electric writing for seven minutes before a panel of three local celebrity judges. After each pair of readers, the judges in three categories—literary merit, performance and intangibles—take turns sharing astute, often hilarious off-the-wall commentary. The judges confer and select their two favorites to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete in avaguely literary competition to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.  

The Judges!

  • Erin Keane, poet, critic, journalist and author of Demolition of the Promised Land

  • Gill Holland, film producer, Green Builidng & Nulu developer, and Louisville Magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year.

  • Crystal Wilkinson, author of Blackberries, Blackberries and founder of Affrilachian Poets 

The Writers!

  • Hannah Pittard, award-winning author of Reunion and The Fates Will Find Their Way

  • Gabe Tomlin, Generation iSpeak featured poet

  • Ryan Ridge, author of American Homes, Hunters & Gamblers, and Ox 

  • Will Lavender, author of Obedience, a New York Times and international bestseller, and Dominance

Time:  7:30 to 10 PM

Place:  The Haymarket Whiskey Bar in downtown Louisville, KY

Cost:   $10 in advance and $12 at the door  

Purchase your tickets now!

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