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Louisville Life features political cartoonist Marc Murphy, Honey Tree Publishing, StageOne and Carmichael’s Kids bookstore


Louisville Life features political cartoonist Marc Murphy, Honey Tree Publishing, StageOne and Carmichael’s Kids bookstore

For Release: 01/05/15 1:58 PM

The next episode of Louisville Life, hosted by Candyce Clifft, profiles part-time Courier-Journal political cartoonist Marc Murphy. The show also spotlights Louisville’s Honey Tree Publishing company, talks with StageOne and visits Carmichael’s Kids, a new bookstore aimed at a younger audience. The program airs Saturday, Jan. 31 at 5:30/4:30 pm on KET2 and Sunday, Feb. 1 at 10/9 am on KET.

First, Louisville Life profiles Marc Murphy, a Louisville attorney whose artistic talents and interest in politics have resulted in a part-time role as a political cartoonist with the Courier-Journal. Murphy talks about his artistic endeavors, as well as his professional work as an attorney and his volunteer time in another type of court – leading a youth basketball team.

Then, the show visits Honey Tree Publishing, founded by author and illustrator Tytianna Wells Smith, creator of the children’s book series Sweet Pea and Sugar Tea’s Country Family Adventures. Wells Smith created Honey Tree with a goal of producing books aimed at a multi-ethnic audience, which, she hopes, can “expand the imagination and enrich the lives of all . . . through literacy and the creative arts.”

The “Throwback Louisville” segment takes a look at Alice Hegan Rice (1870-1942), the author of roughly twenty novels, including her most famous work, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. The book, a best-seller when it was released in 1901, went on to spawn several movies — with stars including W.C. Fields and Shirley Temple – as well as several stage and radio productions. Set in Louisville, the “Cabbage Patch” referred to a dilapidated neighborhood out of which the protagonists struggle to escape.

In the studio, host Candyce Clifft interviews Peter Holloway, producing artistic director of StageOne, Louisville’s professional children’s theater company, about their history, the current run of their world premiere play about the future Muhammad Ali, titled And In This Corner … Cassius Clay, and their plans for continued success as the agency approaches its 70th anniversary.

Finally, the show visits the new Carmichael’s Kids bookstore on Bardstown Road in the Highlands, which caters to readers of a younger crowd. Less than a block from its parent store, Carmichael’s Books, one of Louisville’s oldest independent bookstores, the new Carmichael’s Kids hosts special events for children and carries a wide array of children’s books as well as games, gifts and toys.

Louisville Life is a KET production, produced and directed by Gary Pahler. Jayne McClew is co-producer, and Angelic Phelps is associate producer.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications