Publisher Bill Butler Passes Away

You may not have known him, but Bill Butler was a giant in Louisville media circles.

Bill and his wife Carol were the force behind Butler Books, the local publishing house that is responsible for dozens and dozens of local book projects. He was a former advertising executive, and started publishing in 1980. He and Carol, an executive in Metro Government, started Butler Books in 1989.

Local writers whose works were published through Butler include C.D. Kaplan, Earl Cox, Grady Clay, Sarah Fritschner, Julius Friedman, David Inman and many, many others. Butler Books has really been the only place to go with an idea for a local book, and has taken on topics from Makers Mark to the Seelbach to local weather.

Bill Butler’s friends and family are planning a memorial service on July 25 at The Olmstead.

Butler, who was 60, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.

5 thoughts on “Publisher Bill Butler Passes Away

  1. He fought a good fight. I’m so sad to hear it beat him. Bill love d life and the unpredictable business of helping writers reach their goals. I owe you a cup of Meinl, Bill. I’ll miss our long talks at Cafe Classico.

  2. Bill was a really good guy, and brought a lot of great books into the world. He will be missed.

    His wife is awesome as well. Really hope she keeps the tradition going.

  3. Bill, Carol and son Billy were tremendously helpful in my having “The Wonder Team ” published. He and his work will be missed by many, and like David Harpe, I hope that Carol and her son can continue Butler Books as a publishing house.

  4. This was one great guy. He and his family have always been good people, doing for others. He fought this Big C long and hard until it finally wore him down.

    I’ll forever be grateful to Carol and Bill for the faith they showed in me, publishing the Culture Maven’s Book of Days a couple years back.

    Bill, God Bless, Long May You Run.

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