Kentucky women writers and their readers will gather at the University of Louisville’s Ekstrom Library later this month to discuss the nuts and bolts of writing and publishing.
The Kentucky Women’s Book Festival, now in its fifth year, will be held May 21. University Libraries and the Women’s Center present the festival.
“It’s really an extension of the university’s community-wide focus on literacy, and the fact that the festival is free and open to the public gives everyone the chance to attend,” said Robin Harris, KWBF co-chair and a UofL law librarian.
Here are some highlights from this year’s event:
- Alanna Nash, journalist and biographer, will give the opening talk. Nash’s latest book, “Baby, Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him,” is the first book to focus solely on the singer’s complex relationships with women. Her other books have been about Jessica Savitch, Dolly Parton and Col. Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager. Nash also has written for national entertainment and news publications. She lives in Louisville.
- Tania James, author and film maker, will present the keynote talk at lunch. James’ debut novel, “Atlas of Unknowns,” is about sisterhood and deals with the pressures of cultural experiences played out in family life. The novel was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. James grew up in Louisville and lives in Washington, D.C.
- Sena Jeter Naslund, author of “Abundance, a Novel of Marie Antoinette,” “Ahab’s Wife,” “Four Spirits” and “Adam & Eve,” will present the closing talk. Naslund is UofL’s writer-in-residence and program director of Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. She also lives in Louisville.
Besides these talks, the schedule includes workshops on such topics as writing plays and blogs and getting published. There also will be opportunities for book signing and informal networking.
The festival opens at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The lunch session is the only one that requires registration and has a charge. Registration for it is required by Tuesday, May 17, and can be made by calling the UofL Women’s Center at 502-852-8976. The cost is $16. Students who register for the conference will receive a complimentary box lunch.
Festival sponsors are the UofL Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, the UofL Commission on the Status of Women, Women Who Write and Class Act federal credit union.
Law librarians, Robin Harris and Virginia Mattingly are members of the KWBF planning committee.
Reprinted with permision from UofL Today (May 3, 2011).
Beginning Monday, May 16, UofL will start an intensive renovation project on The Oval in front of Grawemeyer Hall. This project will necessitate significant changes to traffic patterns and to parking in this area.
Beginning May 17, The Oval will become a two-way street, and signs will be posted to direct traffic to the Natural Sciences and Law lots. Traffic patterns will change several times before the project's expected completion on Aug. 15.
Major road closures include:
- Third and Fourth streets
- Central Avenue between Fourth and Floyd streets
- Southern Parkway
- Floyd Street between Central and Eastern Parkway
- Hahn Street between Floyd and Eastern Parkway
- Eastern Parkway between Crittenden Drive and Third
Anyone coming to campus that day should arrive from the east. Access to campus will be via Warnock Street, which should be reached via Eastern Parkway, Crittenden Drive or I-65. (See map)
- Derby Festival Street Closures
- "Street closures will hinder April 30 final exam parking on Belknap" (UofL Today, April 20, 2011)
The law library is offering extended hours during the final exam period April 21-May 6.
|Thursday, April 21||7:00 AM - Midnight|
|Friday, April 22||7:00 AM - 7:00 PM|
|Saturday, April 23||8:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
|Sunday, April 24||Noon - Midnight|
|Monday, April 25 – Thursday, April 28||7:00 AM - Midnight|
|Friday, April 29||7:00 AM - 7:00 PM|
|Saturday, April 30||8:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
|Sunday, May 1||Noon - Midnight|
|Monday, May 2 – Thursday, May 5||7:00 AM - Midnight|
|Friday, May 6||7:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
The most reliable measure of an academic faculty's distinction is its body of scholarship,
produced over the course of its individual members' careers and presented in its entirety.Scholarly works on law -- especially those published as books, chapters, and journal articles
-- advance every aspect of this school's mission. The works themselves, of course,
advance knowledge about the law and allied disciplines. What is perhaps less readily understood is the connection between our school's teaching and scholarly missions. Preparing works of scholarship, like no other activity, keeps our faculty members at the cutting edge of the law. As a result, the best teachers in this profession as a rule are the best scholars, and the best scholars typically rank among our best teachers. ~Dean Jim Chen
Due to public safety concerns, pedestrian access will be eliminated around the construction site at the northeast corner of Third Street and Eastern Parkway. The Third Street sidewalk from the corner to the Cardinal Shuttle stop just south of the Oval is being closed immediately. The sidewalk from that corner east on Eastern Parkway is being closed up to the Natural Science Building. Also, the Third Street sidewalk south of Eastern Parkway near the Engineering Graphics parking lot will be closed soon for utilities work. During that time pedestrians need to cross Third Street near the entrance to the Engineering Graphics lot, proceed north on Third, and cross back at the Eastern-Third Street intersection. Signs will mark all closures and alternate routes.