‘The Cornbread Mafia’ @ Carmichael’s

Wednesday, April 25

Carmichael’s Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Ave. • 896-6950
Free; 7 p.m.

My favorite story-song is Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” — where the scions of moonshining families learn to switch over to pot growing. Well, if you’ve put your eyes on a newspaper in recent years or read novels in the burgeoning subgenre of rural noir, you know this plot has been playing out for real in Appalachia. Journalist James Higdon has been close to the biggest real-life version of this scenario, and his resulting book, “The Cornbread Mafia,” is receiving glowing reviews. Author Higdon will be signing and discussing the book at Carmichael’s, where he will presumably be much more outspoken than the rural in-the-know Kentuckians who have developed their own version of “omerta” (the mafia code of silence), bedeviling investigators for years. —T.E. Lyons

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