Entering Through the Kitchen – April 11, 2015 – Sat. 9:30 – Noon

Entering Through the Kitchen—Using food and domestic details for story.

Saturday, April 11, 9:30 to Noon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMary Popham, MFA, is a novelist, poet, literary critic and short story writer. In her own writing, she has discovered the value of using food and domestic details to set scene and define character. In “Entering Through the Kitchen,” Mary will use diverse works of literature as examples to model—such as A Christmas Carol, My Antonia, Julia Child’s Menu Cookbook, and Like Water for Chocolate.  Participants in this class will write food details into existing or new stories.

Mary’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays,book reviews have appeared in the Courier-Journal; LEO; New Southerner; Appalachian Heritage; and The Louisville Review. Her novel Back Home in Landing Run was published by MotesBooks. She is a member of the Cherokee Round Table.

Class is $25.  Please register in advance by e-mailing Kimberly at shapeandflow@gmail.com or call 502-417-3424.

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Mary Popham reading with Spalding group on January 23 at The Wild Fig Bookstore

THE WILD FIG BOOKSTORE, 1439 Leestown Rd, Lexington, Kentucky 40511, presents Spalding at the Fig beginning January 23. They are inviting five-six Spalding alums, current students, faculty, etc. to read from their work and will have copies of everyone’s books. They sell books of every kind … plus a cup or two of coffee. The Wild Fig Bookstore opened on June 20, 2011 and offers quality used books and a few recent new releases. Owned by artist and poet Ron Davis and fiction writer Crystal Wilkinson, The Wild Fig strives to be a place for Lexington’s book lovers and writers to gather for coffee and words. See http://the-wild-fig.com/events/ for our latest events. Weekdays, Saturdays and as far as Sunday–sometimes we are open by noon but you can be sure to catch us if you come at 2 p.m. Phone (859) 381-8133   Email   wildfigbooks@gmail.com

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Signing and reading at A Reader’s Corner, Louisville

Saturday, November 29th from 1 to 3.

Book-signing and reading of Christmas Greetings: An Anthology by the Cherokee Roundtable of Louisville, Kentucky. In support of independent book sellers on Small Business Saturday, we are meeting at A Reader’s Corner, 2044 Frankfort Ave., Louisville KY 40206. tfout@bellsouth.net –502-895-7783. Owners Judy and Tim Fout are setting us up to read and sign our CRT Anthology on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

As you may know, “Acclaimed author Sherman Alexie has launched Indies First, a grassroots movement that calls on authors to show their support for independent booksellers by signing up to work at their favorite indie bookstore on Small Business Saturday…” and this year the date is November 29.

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Shared with TripAdvisor – Re: The Lovely Conrad-Caldwell Mansion in Louisville

During the first week of October, at the annual St. James Art Show in Louisville, I had the pleasure of volunteering as a tour guide for the Conrad-Caldwell house on St. James Court. On Day One, I was stationed in the Billiards Room on the third floor where I enjoyed the questions of tourists and meeting new people. During one memorable moment, I watched the vivacious and intrepid Executive Director of the mansion, Ally Wroblewski, hang out of the third floor window to tie ropes from a gigantic plastic poster around gable posts while assuring me that she felt quite safe. As a writer, I love obscure stories and was intrigued by a postcard on a wall display in the Billiards Room that showed in photographs the history of the Ohio River trade. The postcard’s long-ago message reads: “Hope you are well and in good health make me some candy and send me am nearly starving.” The most pertinent facts on my info sheet describe how the Conrad-Caldwell house was finished in 1885 at a cost of $75,000.00, an enormous amount at the time. Mr. Conrad was in the leather business and it was a retirement home for him and Mrs. Conrad. It was W. E. Caldwell who had moved to Louisville in 1885, and prospered in a water tank business, who purchased the home in 1905. Mrs. Caldwell took two years to make improvements and added the touches that make the inside of the house a glorious wonder. Mr. Caldwell’s water tanks were not only for the city and big businesses, but were also used in making vats for silos, distilleries, etc. One example is a sign made by his company which is an advertisement—an Old Forrester Bottle replica that hung on the Brown-Forman property for decades. On the second day of my volunteer work, I was stationed on the second floor, guiding people through the bedrooms of Grace Caldwell, Mr. Caldwell, the family sitting room, and the guest room—for eleven months of the year. During one month each year it served as the sewing room where a lady stayed while traveling from home to home—spending one month at each to do their sewing. What a life she must have had! There was also the housekeeper’s room. We were told that many years later, after the first Mrs. Caldwell had died, the master married the housekeeper. Quite a difference in the bedroom she inherited from the one where she had stayed as housekeeper. My third volunteer experience was yesterday, in the Library on the first floor, trimming a tree for Christmas. The decorations were in baskets, and we hung homemade ornaments, feathers, pine cones, strings of artificial berries, and big shiny bows on the lighted branches. It made one beautiful tree of several in this splendid house. I enjoyed a discussion with Barb Caldwell Huber, docent and great-granddaughter of Grace and W. E. Caldwell. She told of her daddy’s stories, of the ghosts seen in the mansion, and spoke of many interesting facets of the history of her ancestors’ house, including the dumb waiter, the inter-com, the wheat patterns in the woodwork that depict wealth and abundance. Barb is a kind and interesting woman, and she invited me back. “On December 6th & 7th, 2014, the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum will host its 8th Annual Victorian Tea in conjunction with the Old Louisville Holiday Homes Tour. Set within the Conrad-Caldwell House, decked out in Holiday decor, this traditional Victorian Tea will feature sweet and savory treats as well as a selection of teas. All proceeds from this tea will benefit the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. For more information contact the Museum office at 502-636-5023.  Space is limited …Tickets are $30 per person…After Tea get your fill of festive cheer at the 58th Old Louisville Holiday Homes Tour! Good cheer and tidings of the season abound as visitors to this one-of-a-kind national historic preservation district tour nine neighborhood dwellings that have been lovingly decked in old-world finery and festive holiday décor.”

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My Literary Heroes

Literary Heroes

by David Dominé

by Mary Popham (Contributor) While not all readers are writers, all writers read. It’s part of every interview to ask, “Whose work has influenced you? Which books do you read as guides for your own writing? What authors do you admire?” During Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program, I had assignments—opportunities—to study […]

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Reading at The Bard’s Town with New Southerner magazine

Sat Jan 17, 2015 – Louisville  –  5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. New Southerner magazine will have a celebratory reading, free and open to the public, from their contest for Literary Prizes at The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205, Phone:(502) 749-5275. The work of finalists and semifinalists will be published in The New Southerner Literary Edition. Mary Popham will read along with others.

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Short Story–“Mickey Make-Out”

Oct 28, 2014 “Mickey Make-Out”- New Southerner Literary Contest – Honorable Mention- runner-up

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