Odd Words: Drips and Drabs Edition April 3, 2012Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
This is what, my third post this week? Now that the crazy is behind me, I need to finish off this week’s events and start writing up next week’s before I sign up some other sort of crazy. It’s spring break which gives me today and Thursday off, but there are a lot of things I haven’t gotten around too between school and work, and I’ve got papers I should be working on.
& First, a reminder that ruth weiss (no, she doesn’t capitalize her name), one of the last of the Beat generation poets, is in town this week for a strong of events. Tonight she will be the guest of The Black Widow Salon at Crescent City Books at 7 p.m. It’s a cozy space upstairs with very limited seating so you need to email the store at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there are any seats left.
On Wednesday, April 4 there will be an Avant Film Fest at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center featuring weiss at 7 p.m. On Thursday weiss, noted for her jazz poetry, will be featured at 17 Poets! with the Poet of New Orleans Brass Band at 7 p.m. Take note that’s an earlier that usual start
& This evening Garden District Bookshop features Wayne Pacelle and his book The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. Pacelle explores the many ways animals contribute to our happiness and well-being, and he reveals scientists’ newfound understanding of their remarkable emotional and cognitive capacities. Pacelle also takes on animal cruelty in its many varieties, as well as stubborn opponents of animal protection–from multinational agribusiness corporations to the National Rifle Association and even our own government. Tonight, April 3 at 5:30 p.m.
& Also this evening at the Maple Street Book Shop’s uptown location its the First Tuesday Book Club discussing Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter at 6:00 p.m. That’s kind of late notice, but at least you know there’s a First Tuesday book club, and you can check their website for the next book (while I try to get them to give me some early notice of upcoming books.
& On Thursday McKeown’s Books and Difficult Music hosts their non-fiction book club discussion. It’s a different sort of book club, where members bring their own recent or favorite non-fiction books and the discussion goes from there. Thursday, April 5 at 4737 Tchoupitoulas starting at 7 p.m.
& Also on Thursday the Maple Leaf Book Shop Healing Center location on St. Claude welcomes Pamela Davis-Noland discussing, reading, and signing her book Coffee Colored Dreams, described as “a beautiful and engaging story. It speaks to the part of the human soul that wants to love and be loved. This book had so many messages and mantras entwined within it’s pages. Self-respect,self-esteem, self-love,holding out for love. Healing our hearts,following our hearts,and giving our hearts. Listening to our elders and respecting them.” Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m.
Another Thursday event: Octavia Books will present Lawrence N. Powell and his book THE ACCIDENTAL CITY: Improvising New Orleans, “the story of a city that shouldn’t exist”. His book covers the period from settlement through 1812, the time of “intense imperial rivalries of Spain, France, and England, and the ambitious, entrepreneurial merchants and settlers from four continents who risked their lives to succeed in colonial America, this unpromising site became a crossroads for the whole Atlantic world.” Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m.
I’ll hopefully catch up on Thursday (starting with Friday’s events) by, um, Thursday.