Library Author Series welcomes award-winning author and violinist Natalie Hodges

Violinist & Award-Winning Author Natalie Hodges


In conversation with journalist and audio producer Emily Chen-Newton

Saturday, September 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 301 York St.


LOUISVILLE (August 17, 2023) — The Louisville Free Public Library’s Craig Buthod Author Series is back with award-winning author and violinist Natalie Hodges on Saturday, September 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library (doors open at 5:45).  

In her acclaimed memoir, Uncommon Measure: A Journey Through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time, Hodges beautifully explores the science of time and consciousness through the lens of her own experiences. A young Korean American and an aspiring concert solo violinist, she was forced to give up her dream due to performance anxiety.  Anchoring her story with illuminating research in neuroscience and quantum physics, Hodges traces her own passage through difficult family dynamics, prejudice, and enormous personal expectations to come to terms with the meaning of a life reimagined—one still shaped by classical music but moving toward the freedom of improvisation.

Natalie Hodges will be interviewed by Emily Chen-Newton, a Louisville-based freelance reporter and audio producer with a combined degree in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy from Berea College. Chen-Newton’s work can be heard on NPR and read in various publications.  

Uncommon Measure was a 2022 National Book Award Longlist and New York Times Editors’ Choice. To register for this free event, go to or call (502) 574-1644. A book signing will follow and books will be available for purchase from Carmichael’s Bookstore.


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