Founder and Producer, Mary Moss Greenebaum, merged the concept of a live, one-of-kind conversation, between a renowned author and a carefully chosen interviewer, with the remarkable resources which Louisville and Kentucky had to offer in support of this cultural program.
Many authors and interviewers spend time on the University of Louisville campus, speaking with students and faculty; some teach Master Classes, some conduct press conferences, others engage in lively classroom question and answer sessions. These visits offer the campus community many truly unique opportunities for interaction with some of the most significant minds of our time.
The staging of each evening Forum at The Kentucky Center is skillfully designed by Bittners. The set recreates a handsome library room, including an Oriental carpet provided by Frances Lee Jasper. Author and interviewer are seated in traditional leather desk chairs, provided by Office Resources Inc. in Louisville, and face each other across an antique partner’s desk. Under the artistic eye of Bittners, surrounding furnishings create a one-of-a-kind intimate mood for this national dialogue.
Each Forum conversation is also taped by KET, Kentucky Educational Television, for distribution to PBS member stations nationwide, where it airs as part of the series “Great Conversations.” To watch past interviews online, visit: http://www.ket.org/authorforum/
KET, the largest PBS member broadcaster in the country, servicing all of Kentucky and parts of seven surrounding states, also has DVDs of past Forum interviews available for purchase at 1-800-945-9167.
Each author visit includes book sales and signings, coordinated by Louisville’s oldest independent, Carmichael’s Bookstore. Carmichael’s first opened its doors in Louisville in 1978, and in 2009 Carmichael’s was named “Book Seller of the Year” by Publishers Weekly.
Louisville Free Public Library branches schedule showings of the taped interviews, free-of-charge, in the weeks following the live event. The Library also maintains a complete set of the interviews for Library loan.
The open book logo, seen at the top of the page, was created for Kentucky Author Forum by designer Julius Friedman. The Author Forum offices were designed by architects Roberto de Leon and Ross Primer.