This past weekend LJS Reviews Director Kiera Parrott attended the GonzoFest at the Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky. The festival, in its seventh year, celebrates the life, legacy, and literature of Hunter S. Thompson, who was a Louisville native. This year marks the first time that the festival was sponsored and held at the library—a natural home for the event, as Thompson’s mother was a librarian there for many years. The event featured a mix of live music, arts and crafts, local food vendors, cosplay (Kiera spotted many young men dressed up at Raoul Duke, the protagonist from Thompson’s novel and the cult classic film starring Johnny Depp, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), spoken word performances, and panel discussions. Keira participated on a panel about the first amendment, the role of journalism in the era of “fake news,” and the importance of media literacy.
Photos courtesy of the Louisville Free Public Library.