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News and AnnouncementsOctober 2014

WCPL Hosts Former Kentucky Poet Laureate Joe Survant

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The Warren County Public Library will host former Kentucky Poet Laureate Joe Survant on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bob Kirby Branch. He will discuss his latest book The Land We Dreamed: Poems. Prior to the event, Survant will lead a free poetry writing workshop from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Survant’s first collection in over ten years, The Land We Dreamed serves as a vehicle to express the strong spirit of Kentucky and its people. Survant takes the known and unknown and transforms both into art, weaving together timeless themes such as family, geography, and death with imagery from America’s frontier.

The recipient of the State Street Press Poetry Prize, the Arkansas Poetry Prize, and other accolades, Joe Survant is the author of We Will All be Changed; Anne and Alpheus, 1842-1882; Rafting Rise; and The Presence of Snow in the Tropics. He served as Kentucky’s Poet Laureate from 2003 to 2004.  Survant is currently retired from Western Kentucky University where he is a Professor Emeritus of English.

Free tickets for the book discussion and signing are available at all library locations or by emailing Gerald Keith: [email protected]. Books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, call (270) 782-0252 or visit

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Rick Bragg Presents Bio of Legendary Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis

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New York Times bestselling author Rick Bragg captures the life story of legendary rock-and-roller Jerry Lee Lewis in the new biography Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. Bragg will share insight into Lewis’ life and his interactions with him while writing the book at a presentation at the Bob Kirby Branch Library Thursday, November 6, at 6 p.m.

Gleaning from two years of personal interviews, Pulitzer Prize winning author Bragg spins a lively narrative of a multi-layered musician, whose larger-than-life presence made for great music and wild headlines. Bragg traces the rocker’s roots down to Louisiana and Mississippi, then follows Lewis through his multiple marriages, including the scandalous marriage to his thirteen-year old second cousin, and beyond. Best known for songs like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” Lewis’s career spans many decades and intertwines with many other legendary performers, including Elvis Presley, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen and Kid Rock.

Free tickets can be picked up at any library location or may be obtained via email from [email protected]. Copies of the book will be available for purchase following Bragg’s presentation. For more information, call 270.782.0252 or go to

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Warren County Public Library to Host National Novel Writing Month Programs

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The Warren County Public Library will host a series of programs for National Novel Writing Month. Four events will take place between Thursday, October 30 and Thursday, December 4.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun approach to creative writing that encourages teens and adults to tackle the writing of a novel in November. Beginning on November 1st, participants start working towards a 50,000-word goal by 11:59 p.m. on the 30th. While it certainly takes determination to see the month through, it’s not an unobtainable target. That’s where the library comes in.

The kick-off will be on October 30th at 6 p.m. at the Bob Kirby Branch Library. This will be a great time to meet other NaNoWriMo participants and discuss writing projects. Participants will then have the opportunity to plug away at their novels at two write-ins on November 13th and 20th at 6 p.m. A wrap-up party will be held on December 4th at 6 p.m. to celebrate everyone’s writing accomplishments, whether that’s 5000 or 50,000 words.

All NaNoWriMo events will take place at the Bob Kirby Branch Library. Events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Jesse Knifley at 270-781-4882 or email [email protected].

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