Odd Words June 22, 2012Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
Matisse illustrated Ulysses? Dali illustrated Alice in Wonderland? Who knew? I steal stuff straight off of sites like The Rumpus. Nah, can’t believe that. I’m thinking the last one would make a cool tat, but it would require a belief in conventional time as opposed to orthogonal alternate universes, especially the one in which Pauley Parrette assists me in providing a critical bodily fluid sample that proves she was not the perp and out of gratitude ties me to one of those stainless steel tables and ….
Um, yes; books.
& Spoken Word New Orleans’ open mike (which I’ve forgotten to list for a while) has moved to Sunday Night at the Club Caribbean 2441 Bayou Road. Doors at 7, show at 8 with a $5 admission. This Week’s Featured Artists are Tank & The Black Star Bangas. Sunday, June 18.
& Leonard Pitts, nationally-syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, discusses and signs his new novel Freeman at Garden District Bookshop. In the months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Sam–a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army–sets out on foot to return to the war-torn South. He is compelled to find his wife, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the farm to which they all “belonged.”s Thursday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m.
&Garden District hosts Geoff Wyss amnd his new book How0. If every story is born of a question”–”How did we get here? How do you make your arm do that?–the stories in Geoff Wyss’s “How “search for answers to the mysteries of an astonishing range of characters. The narrator of “How I Come to Be Here at the GasFast” explains why he hasn’t left a truck stop in the two days since he scratched a winning lottery ticket. In “How to Be a Winner,” a sports consultant browbeats a high school football team with his theory of history and a justification of his failed coaching career. Lost in the mazes they’ve made of themselves, Wyss’s characters search for exits on ground that shifts dizzyingly from humor to pathos, from cynicism to earnestness, from comedy to tragedy, often within the same sentence. Although propelled by a razor-sharp, contemporary voice, Wyss’s stories–many set in a New Orleans unknown to television and tourists–have more in common with Chekhov and O’Connor than with “Treme”. Saturdayu June 23 at 1 p.m.
& On Saturday June 23 & Sunday June 24, our Bayou St. John location will be donating 10% of our total sales to Re-Bridge – the Bayou St. John Bridge Restoration Project. Help out a great project by buying a book and check out the rest the Fairgrinds and Swirl while you’re down here. And maybe grab some stuffed pork chops as Terraanova’s. Man, I love this hood.
&Octavia Books features R. J. Smith’s THE ONE: The Life and Music of James Brown, the “definitive biography of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, with fascinating findings on his life as a Civil Rights activist, an entrepreneur, and the most innovative musician of our time. So Get Up Off Of That Thing and head over to Octavia on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:00 pm [I need those funky horns and a copy of this book. Come on, give me them horns!)
& Next week Octavia Books delves into the history of the first degree-granting coordinate college with the release of Susan Tucker and Beth Willinge, NEWCOMB COLLEGE, 1886-2006: Higher Education for Women in New Orleans. Touching on three centuries, the book concludes in 2006 when Tulane University closed Newcomb College and Paul Tulane College, the arts and sciences college for men, and united the two as Newcomb-Tulane College. This absorbing collection offers both a scholarly history and an affectionate tribute to a Newcomb education. Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m
& Hey, Faubourg Marigny Art & Books on Frenchman Street has a website! No announcements there but go sign up for emails. I just signed up email@example.com and I’ll get them up here as well.
The Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series features a reading by qwriter and professor Ruth Salvaggio reads from her new book from LSU Press, Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward. Several poets featured in the book will also read. Sunday at 3 p.m. if I’m late, I’m still waiting at the beer for a bar.
Which reminds me it’s probably time for my somesortofenia reminder to send your events to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to see them here and Facebook and Twitter. OK, I’ve been falling down on the Twitter and Facebook announcements but then I’ve been falling down a lot and I’m going to see the doctor about that. Oh, and I just ate a meatloaf sandwich from the meatloaf I made, um, I think last Saturday. And I’m eating some chocolate covered strawberries that usually get thrown out at the end of the day at the candy shop where she works “because they don’t keep.” Please make donations to the Tennessee Williams Festival in lieu of flowers. Of you can stop by and see if I answer the door, in which case I have a bunch of white chocolate ones left.
& Just around the corner is a local festival to get you out of the crowds at the Essence Fest author events and reach out to local writers while you’re in town. The second annual Bayou Soul Writers and Readers Conference is a home grown literary festival that runs Essence Week. You can check them out here. There will be a Women Writer’s Awards Luncheon iIn Honor of Zora Neale Hurston anc z Our Distinguished Gentlemen of Literature Awards Breakfast in Honor of James Baldwin. Featured appearances include: Omar Tyree, Victoria Christopher Murray, Mary Monroe, Julie Kane, RM Johnson, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Keith Boykins, Kiki Swinson, Pamela Davis-Noland, James Earl Hardy , Ronlyn Dominigue, Jed Horne , Yvette Hayward,Troy Johnson, Nicole Porche, Jumata Emill Jones, M.W. Moore, Pamela Davis Noland, Victor LaValle, Karen E. Quinones Miller, Naleighna Kai, Tamika Newhouse, Victor McGlothin, Regina Brooks, LaTosha Johnson, Walter “Trifelon” Johnson, Ashley Hebert, Avery Washington, Monique Mensah, Allison Hobbs, Dr. Maxine Thompson, Ronald M. Gauthier, Lee Hayes, J. L. Woodson, Trevor Baldwin, Pamela P. Reed, Francis Ray, Renee Daniel Flagler, Tiffany L Warren, Sadeqa Johnson, TaNisha Webb, and Victoria Turner. July 5th and 6th at the New Orleans Public Library and the Downtown Holiday Inn. More details here.