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October 16, 2007

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Events for the book-smartAll events are free unless noted otherwise.Send information about upcoming literary events to listings@leoweekly.com and include “book smart event” in the subject line. Deadlines are the second Wednesday of the month.Oct. 17, 10 a.m.: Book Discussion — “The March” by E.L. Doctorow. Louisville Free Public Library, Jeffersontown Branch, 10635 Watterson Tr., 267-5713. • Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Jazz and the Spoken Word — Kentucky writers and musicians pay homage to the work of Thomas Merton. The Jazz Factory, 815 W. Market St., 992-3242. • Oct. 18, 11 a.m.: Book Discussion — “Vanishing Acts” by Jodi Picoult. Louisville Free Public Library, St. Matthews/Eline Branch, 3940 Grandview Ave., 574-1771. • Oct. 18, noon: Book Signing — “Blood & Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West” by Hampton Sides. Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third St., 635-5083. • Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: Book Signing — “Blood & Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West” by Hampton Sides. Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Ave., 896-6950. • Oct 19, 5 p.m.: Book Signing — “Stephen Rolfe Powell: Glassmaker” by Stephen Rolfe Powell. Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St., 589-0102. • Oct 19-20: Thomas Merton Conference — Focusing on Thomas Merton’s poetry with special exhibits and opportunities to listen to recordings of Merton reading his poetry. Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Rd., 992-0220, www.merton.org/poetry, $50-$85. • Oct. 20, 8 p.m.: Spoken Word and Music — Ron Whitehead, Sarah Elizabeth, Frank Messina and Tyrone Cotton. Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St., 584-7777, $15. • Oct. 21, 2 p.m.: Author Appearance — Baroque mystery author Beverly Graves Myers. Louisville Free Public Library, St. Matthews/Eline Branch, 3940 Grandview Ave., 574-1771. • Oct. 22, 7 p.m.: Book Discussion — “The Memory Keepers Daughter” by Kim Edwards. Louisville Free Public Library, Westport Branch, 8100 Westport Rd., 394-0379. • Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Book Discussion — “Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete” by William C. Rhoden. Louisville Free Public Library, Bon Air Branch, 2816 Del Rio Pl., 574-1795. • Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Gaslight Writers Author Program — Amy McCorkle discusses her book, “Big Blue Nation.” Louisville Free Public Library, Jeffersontown Branch, 10635 Watterson Tr., 267-5713. • Oct. 26-27: Jazzing it up in Louisville — A retreat for women writers co-sponsored by the Louisville Arts Council and Jane’s Stories Press Foundation featuring readings, workshops and networking opportunities at Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Ave. and Louisville Arts Council offices, 332 W. Broadway. Authors include Nickole Brown, Glenda-Bailey-Mershon, Kathleen Driskell, Shobha Sharma and Nana Yaa Asantewaa. (800) 603-6065, www.janesstories.org. Registration fee: $25-$50. • Oct. 29, 6 p.m.: Book Discussion — “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire. Louisville Free Public Library, Fairdale Branch, 10616 W. Manslick Rd., 375-2051. • Oct. 29, 7 p.m.: Book Discussion — “American Bloomsbury” by Susan Cheever. Louisville Free Public Library, Highlands-Shelby Park Branch, 1250 Bardstown Rd., 574-1672. • Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m.: Lecture — Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series presents Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson speaking on his new book “The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944.” Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third St., 635-5083. $10. • Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.: Author Appearance — Screenwriter Robert Moresco, co-writer of “Crash,” as part of Spalding University’s Fall 2007 Festival of Contemporary Writing. Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, 585-9911 ext. 2423, www.spalding.edu/mfa. • Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.: Author Appearance — Playwright Heather Raffo, author of “9 Parts of Desire” as part of Spalding University’s Fall 2007 Festival of Contemporary Writing. Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, 585-9911 ext. 2423, www.spalding.edu/mfa. • Nov. 9, 7 p.m.: InKY Reading Series — Brian Leung, Stephen George, Mike Hampton. Music by danny flanigan. Rudyard Kipling, 422 W. Oak St., www.inkyreadingseries.com. • Nov. 19, 6 p.m.: Social Change Book Club 2.0 — Discussion of “The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry” by Wendell Berry. Quills Coffee and Books, 1220 E. Kentucky St., 459-4245.