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"Facebook Effect" Author Coming To Louisville

By Rick HowlettThe author of a new book about Facebook will be in Louisville this week to discuss his research into the social networking site and its extraordinary growth. David Kirkpatrick is a former senior editor for Internet and technogy at Fortune magazine. The book is called The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World.       Kirkpatrick says he had the full cooperation of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his key staff at the company's California headquarters."I've worked as a business journlist for 25 years.   I've never had this kind of access on any story I've ever done before.   The book really, I think, reflects that--there are amazing stories in there that you read and think, 'who the heck could have possibly told him that?'   These people don't know what not to say because they're only 25 years old,"   he said in an interview with WFPL last week.Kirkpatrick will talk about his book Wednesday evening at the Louisville Free Public Library.     The event is free but tickets are required.Our complete interview with Kirkpatrick is below.


Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.