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Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

251 W. Second St., Lexington, KY

Phone:
1-(859)-254-4175

Website:
carnegiecenterlex.org

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Upcoming Events

Know Your Kentucky: The Thoroughbred Industry

Class/Workshop, Education, General

Join us for the first of our new series, “Know Your Kentucky.” Whether you’ve lived in Kentucky for a year or a lifetime, there is likely still more you can learn about the thoroughbred business and its setting in the bluegrass state. We will discuss the history, current state of affairs, and an outlook for the future of the industry. Led by Andrea Branchini, who has been in the thoroughbred business for 34 years, working in five countries. Sponsored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.

Information:

• Tue 2/19/19 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Writing Poetry

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word,Class/Workshop

Metaphor, simile, image, symbol, meter, rhythm, basic building blocks of poetry so inexhaustible in their depth and variety that no poet, established or beginning, can ever completely master them. Participants in this class will explore these tools with emphasis on their own writing. For all levels.

Information:

• Wed 2/20/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Fiction Writing Group

Class/Workshop

Fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience can hone their skills through writing exercises and discussion of contemporary literature. Key elements such as voice, point of view, mood and plot will be explored.

Information:

• Wed 2/20/19 at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Brown Bag Book Discussion

Class/Workshop, Education

An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Jan Isenhour, former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, has facilitated the Brown Bag group since it began in 1995. She has an M.A. in literature and taught at the University of Kentucky.

Information:

• Thu 2/21/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Yoga

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

What better way to start your Friday than with a yoga practice that both relaxes and invigorates? Writers, artists, and professionals—maximize your wellness to help maximize your creativity and productivity. We’ll stretch, strengthen, balance, and flow, preparing you for a day of work on the computer or a weekend of play and traveling. This is an all levels class, and beginners are welcome. Led by Lisa King, a retired teacher and special education literacy consultant. She teaches adult and kid yoga classes in the Central Kentucky area, including group classes for adults at Barefoot Works Yoga Studio.

Information:

• Fri 2/22/19 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

FREE Writing Practice

Class/Workshop

This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We will write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zenlike practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s "Writing Down the Bones."

Information:

• Fri 2/22/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Winter Wizarding Waltz: A Sweet Soiree

Community Event

The Winter Wizarding Waltz celebrates its fifth anniversary with an immersive wizarding village with live entertainment, food stalls and handcrafted market. The annual event has become an experience like none other, incorporating a new thematic aspect of the Harry Potter universe at each event. This year's theme is: The Sweet Soiree - a tribute to magical sweets and treats. Lexpecto Patronum is based on a spell cast by wizards in the Harry Potter universe that evokes a positive energy force. A chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, Lexpecto Patronum works to be a force of positive energy in the Lexington community. This event raises funds for the organization, which has worked with countless communities. Purchase tickets: https://m.bpt.me/event/4026383

Information:

• Sat 2/23/19 at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Winter Wizarding Waltz

Benefit/Fundraiser

The Winter Wizarding Waltz celebrates its fifth anniversary with an immersive wizarding village with live entertainment, food stalls and handcrafted market. The annual event has become an experience like none other, incorporating a new thematic aspect of the Harry Potter universe at each event. This year's theme is: The Sweet Soiree - a tribute to magical sweets and treats. The Winter Wizarding Waltz is Saturday, February 23rd at the Carnegie Center from 6 PM - 10 PM. The event is for 14 + and the ticket price of $75 includes dinner from Lexington local restaurants, local entertainment, and local vendors. Proceeds go towards funding the Lexpecto Patronum. This evening features wizard themed meals from local restaurants Ranada Riley and Atomic Ramen (your tickets INCLUDE knuts and galleons for your meals - you choose how to spend them!), live musical entertainment, special performances by March Madness Marching Band, Mecca Live Studio And Gallery's Rakadu dancers, movement continuum, and PlayThink along with tea leaf readings by North Star Muse and a handcrafted Horizont Alley Market straight out of the pages of Harry Potter, with Kentucky artisans and their handcrafted wares. Lexpecto Patronum is based on a spell cast by wizards in the Harry Potter universe that evokes a positive energy force. A chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, Lexpecto Patronum works to be a force of positive energy in the Lexington community. This event raises funds for the organization, which has worked with countless community organizations throughout Lexington in the areas of racial justice, gender equity, environmental justice, lgbtqiap* equality, literacy, youth advocacy, the arts, and media.

Information:

• Sat 2/23/19 at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Writing Kids' Books

Class/Workshop

Find focus, gain confidence, and learn about writing for kids. This workshop is designed to help you finish your mid-grade or young adult novel by exploring plot development through discussion, peer-sharing, writing exercises, and by analyzing a recently published book. Come with a work-in-progress or at least an idea for one. A newly released children's book will be used while discussing plot elements. Participants will be notified of the title prior to the first class. Instructed by Marcia Thornton Jones.

Information:

• Mon 2/25/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group

Class/Workshop, Education

Join an imaginative, diverse group of genre writers looking to improve and expand their abilities in these forms of fiction. This is a chance to learn sci-fi and fantasy writing tips, get feedback from others, and gain confidence as you write in these genres. Please bring a story or excerpt to read for the group on the first day. Limit: 10 participants. This all-levels class is led by Jason Sizemore, a Hugo and Stoker Award-nominated editor. He runs Apex Publications, a local science-fiction, fantasy, and horror press based in Lexington.

Information:

• Mon 2/25/19 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Q-munity: An LGBTQ* Reading & Writing Group

Class/Workshop, Gay and Lesbian, Social Event

Writing may be a solitary endeavor, but writers grow in their craft when they find someone for feedback and support. Contoured to the LGBTQ* community, this group will allow you to explore your authentic voice and expression while discovering the rich history and current landscape of LGBTQ* writing. Welcoming of all genres, writing levels, and identities, it will be a generative workshop with in-class free writing and directed exercises. You will have the opportunity to share your writing (or not) in a public group reading at the end of the class. New and returning students are welcome. This writing group is led by Jay McCoy, co-owner of Brier Books. He has served the local writing community for years through mentoring, teaching classes, and co-hosting open mic series.

Information:

• Mon 2/25/19 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Margaret Verble Book Release: Cherokee America

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

Join Margaret Verble for a reading and Q&A from her new novel. Cherokee America is set in the old Cherokee Nation West in 1875, and is a prequel to Margaret’s first novel, Maud’s Line, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. This comic novel, filled with colorful characters and lots of trouble, centers around a clever, determined, and unforgettable woman, Cherokee America Singer. Brier Books will provide copies for purchase on site or you can pre-order yours at brierbooks.com. Light refreshments and nibbles will be served.

Information:

• Mon 2/25/19 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Writing Poetry

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word,Class/Workshop

Metaphor, simile, image, symbol, meter, rhythm, basic building blocks of poetry so inexhaustible in their depth and variety that no poet, established or beginning, can ever completely master them. Participants in this class will explore these tools with emphasis on their own writing. For all levels.

Information:

• Wed 2/27/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Fiction Writing Group

Class/Workshop

Fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience can hone their skills through writing exercises and discussion of contemporary literature. Key elements such as voice, point of view, mood and plot will be explored.

Information:

• Wed 2/27/19 at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Brown Bag Book Discussion

Class/Workshop, Education

An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Jan Isenhour, former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, has facilitated the Brown Bag group since it began in 1995. She has an M.A. in literature and taught at the University of Kentucky.

Information:

• Thu 2/28/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Yoga

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

What better way to start your Friday than with a yoga practice that both relaxes and invigorates? Writers, artists, and professionals—maximize your wellness to help maximize your creativity and productivity. We’ll stretch, strengthen, balance, and flow, preparing you for a day of work on the computer or a weekend of play and traveling. This is an all levels class, and beginners are welcome. Led by Lisa King, a retired teacher and special education literacy consultant. She teaches adult and kid yoga classes in the Central Kentucky area, including group classes for adults at Barefoot Works Yoga Studio.

Information:

• Fri 3/1/19 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

FREE Writing Practice

Class/Workshop

This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We will write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zenlike practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s "Writing Down the Bones."

Information:

• Fri 3/1/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Q-munity: An LGBTQ* Reading & Writing Group

Class/Workshop, Gay and Lesbian, Social Event

Writing may be a solitary endeavor, but writers grow in their craft when they find someone for feedback and support. Contoured to the LGBTQ* community, this group will allow you to explore your authentic voice and expression while discovering the rich history and current landscape of LGBTQ* writing. Welcoming of all genres, writing levels, and identities, it will be a generative workshop with in-class free writing and directed exercises. You will have the opportunity to share your writing (or not) in a public group reading at the end of the class. New and returning students are welcome. This writing group is led by Jay McCoy, co-owner of Brier Books. He has served the local writing community for years through mentoring, teaching classes, and co-hosting open mic series.

Information:

• Mon 3/4/19 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group

Class/Workshop, Education

Join an imaginative, diverse group of genre writers looking to improve and expand their abilities in these forms of fiction. This is a chance to learn sci-fi and fantasy writing tips, get feedback from others, and gain confidence as you write in these genres. Please bring a story or excerpt to read for the group on the first day. Limit: 10 participants. This all-levels class is led by Jason Sizemore, a Hugo and Stoker Award-nominated editor. He runs Apex Publications, a local science-fiction, fantasy, and horror press based in Lexington.

Information:

• Mon 3/4/19 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Writing Kids' Books

Class/Workshop

Find focus, gain confidence, and learn about writing for kids. This workshop is designed to help you finish your mid-grade or young adult novel by exploring plot development through discussion, peer-sharing, writing exercises, and by analyzing a recently published book. Come with a work-in-progress or at least an idea for one. A newly released children's book will be used while discussing plot elements. Participants will be notified of the title prior to the first class. Instructed by Marcia Thornton Jones.

Information:

• Mon 3/4/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Fiction Writing Group

Class/Workshop

Fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience can hone their skills through writing exercises and discussion of contemporary literature. Key elements such as voice, point of view, mood and plot will be explored.

Information:

• Wed 3/6/19 at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Writing Poetry

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word,Class/Workshop

Metaphor, simile, image, symbol, meter, rhythm, basic building blocks of poetry so inexhaustible in their depth and variety that no poet, established or beginning, can ever completely master them. Participants in this class will explore these tools with emphasis on their own writing. For all levels.

Information:

• Wed 3/6/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Brown Bag Book Discussion

Class/Workshop, Education

An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Jan Isenhour, former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, has facilitated the Brown Bag group since it began in 1995. She has an M.A. in literature and taught at the University of Kentucky.

Information:

• Thu 3/7/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

FREE Writing Practice

Class/Workshop

This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We will write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zenlike practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s "Writing Down the Bones."

Information:

• Fri 3/8/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group

Class/Workshop, Education

Join an imaginative, diverse group of genre writers looking to improve and expand their abilities in these forms of fiction. This is a chance to learn sci-fi and fantasy writing tips, get feedback from others, and gain confidence as you write in these genres. Please bring a story or excerpt to read for the group on the first day. Limit: 10 participants. This all-levels class is led by Jason Sizemore, a Hugo and Stoker Award-nominated editor. He runs Apex Publications, a local science-fiction, fantasy, and horror press based in Lexington.

Information:

• Mon 3/11/19 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Writing Kids' Books

Class/Workshop

Find focus, gain confidence, and learn about writing for kids. This workshop is designed to help you finish your mid-grade or young adult novel by exploring plot development through discussion, peer-sharing, writing exercises, and by analyzing a recently published book. Come with a work-in-progress or at least an idea for one. A newly released children's book will be used while discussing plot elements. Participants will be notified of the title prior to the first class. Instructed by Marcia Thornton Jones.

Information:

• Mon 3/11/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Fiction Writing Group

Class/Workshop

Fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience can hone their skills through writing exercises and discussion of contemporary literature. Key elements such as voice, point of view, mood and plot will be explored.

Information:

• Wed 3/13/19 at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Brown Bag Book Discussion

Class/Workshop, Education

An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Jan Isenhour, former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, has facilitated the Brown Bag group since it began in 1995. She has an M.A. in literature and taught at the University of Kentucky.

Information:

• Thu 3/14/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Gallery Hop: Atlas of the Year Sojourner Maps to Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

Drawings/Works on Paper, Mixed Media, Gallery

Please join us for a Gallery Hop reception featuring artworks by Kathleen O’Brien. Atlas of the Year: Sojourner Maps to Being in the Right Place at the Right Time is an installation of twenty-four artworks depicting the cosmic year as a four-season, four-direction, cross-cultural celebration. It explores the ability of art to encompass this global entwining of time and space, which once understood, allows us to energetically be in the right place at the right time. Light refreshments will be served. Accompanying the artwork are the Four Seasonal Journals, Atlas of the Year greeting card sets; journals and greeting cards will be for sale. Artist Kathleen O’Brien combines abstract watercolors, drawing and botanicals into collages that appear dimensional and jewelry using antique, vintage and handmade beads. Learn more about Kathleen O’Brien by visiting her website: kathleen-obrien.com.

Information:

• Fri 3/15/19 at 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

FREE Writing Practice

Class/Workshop

This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We will write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zenlike practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s "Writing Down the Bones."

Information:

• Fri 3/15/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group

Class/Workshop, Education

Join an imaginative, diverse group of genre writers looking to improve and expand their abilities in these forms of fiction. This is a chance to learn sci-fi and fantasy writing tips, get feedback from others, and gain confidence as you write in these genres. Please bring a story or excerpt to read for the group on the first day. Limit: 10 participants. This all-levels class is led by Jason Sizemore, a Hugo and Stoker Award-nominated editor. He runs Apex Publications, a local science-fiction, fantasy, and horror press based in Lexington.

Information:

• Mon 3/18/19 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Harriett A. Rose Legacies Writing Contest Reading

Talks/Lectures

Join us for a reading by winners of the Harriett A. Rose Legacies Writing Contest. For information on the contest, click here: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/writing-contests/

Information:

• Tue 3/19/19 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Fiction Writing Group

Class/Workshop

Fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience can hone their skills through writing exercises and discussion of contemporary literature. Key elements such as voice, point of view, mood and plot will be explored.

Information:

• Wed 3/20/19 at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Brown Bag Book Discussion

Class/Workshop, Education

An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Jan Isenhour, former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, has facilitated the Brown Bag group since it began in 1995. She has an M.A. in literature and taught at the University of Kentucky.

Information:

• Thu 3/21/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

FREE Writing Practice

Class/Workshop

This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We will write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zenlike practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s "Writing Down the Bones."

Information:

• Fri 3/22/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Writers Meet-Up

Meeting, Social Event

If you love to write, come to the Carnegie Center to meet like-minded writers, find a writing group/critique partner, and/or mingle with instructors, mentors, published authors, and fellow students. Wine, refreshments, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. At 6:00 pm, you’ll have the option to participate in activities that will help you build a supportive writing network.

Information:

• Tue 3/26/19 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lunch & Learn: Improving Voter Turnout

Class/Workshop, Education

In the 2018 midterm election, voter turnout was at about 50%. Turnout in this fall's Kentucky gubernatorial election will probably be even lower. When half of the electorate doesn't show up, we have a major problem with our democracy. What can we do to fix this? Professor Josh Douglas of the University of Kentucky College of Law, will discuss his new book, Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting . He will describe the best practices used by democracy champions who are working in communities all over the country to improve the election process and bring more voters into the system. Bring your lunch if you'd like.

Information:

• Wed 3/27/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Brown Bag Book Discussion

Class/Workshop, Education

An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Jan Isenhour, former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, has facilitated the Brown Bag group since it began in 1995. She has an M.A. in literature and taught at the University of Kentucky.

Information:

• Thu 3/28/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

FREE Writing Practice

Class/Workshop

This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We will write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zenlike practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s "Writing Down the Bones."

Information:

• Fri 3/29/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Writing Retreat

Class/Workshop, Education

Break through writing obstacles during this week-long writing retreat designed to provide motivation and promote writing flow. Each day of this retreat will include: freewriting exercises, goal-setting, independent writing time, craft discussions, and problem-solving sessions to help break through blocks. The retreat will culminate with a share/response session featuring a selection of the week’s writing. Bring your own lunch with you. Led by Marcia Thornton Jones, an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books for children with sales totaling more than 43 million copies world-wide.

Information:

• Mon 3/25/19 - Fri 3/29/19 at 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Kentucky Great Writers Series: Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, Christopher P. Collins, Constance Merritt

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects readers to authors in an intimate setting. Please join us on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 for readings from Mary Ann Taylor-Hall’s Out of Nowhere: New and Selected Poems, Christopher P. Collins’ My American Night, and Constance Merritt’s Blind Girl Grunt: The Selected Blues and Other Poems. The event starts at 6:00 pm, with a 25-minute open-mic session to give the audience a chance to participate (3-minute limit per reader). At 6:30 the readings by featured authors will begin. After the author readings, the audience will have the opportunity to get books signed. Free admission. Locally-owned Brier Books will be on site to sell the Kentucky authors' books. Refreshments provided by Nate's Coffee.

Information:

• Tue 4/9/19 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Writing Critique Night

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

Read a page of your work and receive feedback from a panel of authors, editors, and agents! Panel TBA. We will begin accepting submissions at 5:00 pm on the night of the event. Submissions to read will be selected at random. Please come prepared, as we will not be able to print your piece for you. You will have the option to read your own piece aloud or to have a reader read it aloud so it remains anonymous. If we your piece isn't read, you will still benefit from listening to the feedback of others' pieces. Free admission.

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• Tue 5/7/19 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Fathers: Lost & Found

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

Join authors Frank X Walker (Last Will, Last Testament) and Neil Chethik (FatherLoss), along with jazz pianist Harry Pickens, for a reading, conversation, and musical meditation on fathers. Whether present or absent, fathers shape the lives of their children in consequential ways. In his new book, Walker shares poetry from a year when he experienced both the death of his father and the birth of his son. Meanwhile, Chethik, whose 2001 book debuts this year as an ebook, shares scenes from families where the father is gone. All three artists seek answers to the perennial question: How can we be better fathers to our sons? Offered in cooperation with Lexington Leadership Foundation

Information:

• Tue 5/14/19 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Young Women Writers Project Reading

Talks/Lectures

Join us for a reading by the high school participants of the 2017 Young Women Writers Project. For information on the project, click here: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/youth-and-family/young-women-writers-project/

Information:

• Wed 5/15/19 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Kentucky Great Writers Series: Tiffany Reisz, David King, Sarah McCartt-Jackson

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects readers to authors in an intimate setting. Please join us on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 for readings from Tiffany Reisz’s The Lucky Ones, David King’s The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany, and Sarah McCartt-Jackson’s Stonelight. The event starts at 6:00 pm, with a 25-minute open-mic session to give the audience a chance to participate (3-minute limit per reader). At 6:30 the readings by featured authors will begin. After the author readings, the audience will have the opportunity to get books signed. Free admission. Locally-owned Brier Books will be on site to sell the Kentucky authors' books. Refreshments provided by Nate's Coffee.

Information:

• Tue 5/21/19 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM