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.