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Downtown Louisville's Merton Square is at the intersection of Fourth and Walnut streets, and it's where, in 1958, the well-known Trappist monk Thomas Merton — who spent some time in Louisville — says he was struck with a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all people. Whoa. That's deep, bro. And to think, when I'm walking downtown I'm debating which buildings to cut through to get out of the cold.

Anyway, Bellarmine University historian and professor emeritus Clyde Crews, who also co-founded the Louisville Historical League, has researched and written "Crossings: Historical Journeys near Louisville's Merton Square." It's a collection of happenings and personal accounts that occurred within the 40 blocks that form a rectangle around the square. For you non-readers out there, the book, which costs about 40 bucks, features plenty of illustrations and old-school photographs.  

I'm not going to spoil any compelling anecdotes here. What I will do, however, is let you know that 4 p.m. this Sunday (Feb. 21), Crews will do a free reading and participate in a discussion at Carmichael's Bookstore (2720 Frankfort Ave.). I saw satirist David Sedaris at Carmichael's last summer, and so many people showed up that I had to stand outdoors and watch Sedaris on a TV screen. Though I don't expect Crews to draw a that kind of crowd, it never hurts to show up a little early to snag a prime spot.

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