The reading from “A Far Piece to Canaan: A Novel of Friendship and Redemption” will begin at 7 p.m. at Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Ave. The humanities and Jewish studies programs at University of Louisville and Jewish studies program at University of Kentucky are co-sponsoring Halpern’s visit.
 
Halpern’s 2013 novel centers on a retired college professor who returns to his native Kentucky, where he grew up in a family of Jewish sharecroppers. Halpern’s relatives also were Jewish immigrants and sharecroppers near Georgetown who acquired their own farm when he was a teenager. The author earned his UK undergraduate degree and his UofL medical degree and served on the faculty at University of California-San Diego.
 
Halpern also is known as the father from the popular Twitter feed and best-selling book “Sh*t My Dad Says” by his son Justin Halpern. A CBS television comedy series based on the book aired in 2010-11.
 
For more information, contact Shelley Salamensky at 502-852-0457 or shelley.salamensky@louisville.edu
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Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.