Kentucky-born Halpern ‘Dad’ to read from novel


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Before he became infamous as a blunt advice-sharing father to a writer, Sam Halpern was a Kentucky farmer, a graduate of Kentucky universities and a professor of nuclear medicine in California. Now retired, he has added author to his resume and will give a free, public reading from his novel March 31 in Louisville.

    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.

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    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.