Odd Words January 5, 2012Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
Once again it is quiet in the bookstores, but its still holiday madness in New Orleans between Sugar Bowl, the BCS championship game and Twelfth Night tomorrow. Octavia will host a children’s picture book event Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2:00 pm with Dianne de Las Casas and Marita Gentry for Dinosaur Mardi Grass (of course) and Garden District Books hosts Cornell Landry to read and sign Happy Mardi Gras (natch) at 1:30 pm at the Uptown location.
On a sad note, Ed Sanders has penned a poem about Helen Hill, which reminds me I should be well into my annual catalog of the murdered but moving house has kept me away from it.
& Downtown Friday night at the Love Lost Lounge, the No Love Lost Poetry Reading hosted by Joseph Bienvenu kicks of at 5:30 p.m., just in time for the bar’s happy hour and opening time for the excellent Vietnamese kitchen in the back.
& Later Friday New Orleans premiere spoken word event Acoustic Fridays the Red Star Gallery, 2513 Bayou Road, hosted every week by Charlie V-Uptowns Illest MC. $7 cover, $5 with college ID
& Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2:00 pm the Latter Library poetry series resumes with Jonathan Kline, Geoff Munsterman, Jerry Ward, Dave Brinks and Steve Beisner.
& On Sunday, Jan. 8 the Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series will feature Poet Harry DelaHoussaye and fiction writer Jeanne Soileau reading from their work, and you won’t have to fight the Saints game crowd to get a drink at the bar.
& On Monday, Jan. 9 the Black Widow Press Salon continues featuring Playwright Andrew Vaught from Cripple Creek Theatre Co. 7 p.m., and RSVP’s are encouraged as the space upstairs for these events is quite small.
& While organizer Kate Smash is still out of town, she reminds everyone via Facebook that the Writers Block reading and performance on the amphitheater steps across from Jackson Square goes on every Monday night at 9 p.m.
& On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. don’t forget to tune into The Reading Life with Susan Larson at WWNO, 89.9 FM. If you miss it (slaggard) don’t forget the Saturday rebroadcast at 12:30 p.m. Don’t forget you can listen to podcasts of past shows online if you were too busy with holiday mania to hear Charles Brown, the new director of the New Orleans Public Library, and city archivist Irene Wainwright last week.
And since the listing are so sparse, we leave you with this cheerful quote. John Berryman’s Dream Songs was one of the books lost in my various relocations last year and was my Christmas present to myself, because it’s just not the holidays with a book
“I do strongly feel that among the greatest pieces of luck for high achievement is ordeal. Certain great artists can make out without it, Titian and others, but mostly you need ordeal. My idea is this: the artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he’s in business: Beethoven’s deafness, Goya’s deafness, Milton’s blindness, that kind of thing.”
― John Berryman