University of Louisville Professor Sarah Strickley will read from her novel-in-progress, entitled Great. The book opens as the first signs of the flood appear in a small Northern Kentucky town where the protagonist lives with her recently widowed father. Great is both a coming of age novel and the story of one refugee's struggle to achieve something like a sense of home in the aftermath of flood's destruction. Strickley's work draws on extensive research on the Great Flood as well as her own family's narratives of loss and survival.
University of Louisville Archivist Tom Owen will discuss the devastation of the Flood. An archivist for over 40 years, Owen also was an alderman or city councilman for more than 20 years. Well- known for his popular walking tours and television series, "Tom Owen's Louisville," he is co-author of the 2017 book, "The University of Louisville Belknap Campus. Owen received the Distinguished Service Award in 2017 from the Kentucky Historical Society, and was cited as "a scholar who popularized history…and elevated history's importance for many people."
Doors open at 5, Program at 6