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Odd Words August 10, 2012

Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
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A few random thoughts:

The next person who suggests G-Chat is the basis of a new literary movement I am unfriending on Facebook, which is to say I’m spending too much time inside on the Internet. Blame the rain.

According to The Millions, literary blogs only count if they are on Tumblr. ToulouseStreet.net out ranks The Doobie Brothers on Google, so there’s no way I’m moving.

Coaxing authors to New Orleans in August is clearly not an easy thing but writers are their publisher’s new marketing department and a few keep pounding away at it but this week’s list is short.

& On Saturday, August 11 at 1:30 p.m. Garden District Books will feature Pamela Binnings Ewen’s Chasing The Wind, a New Orleans-based novel on the intertwining of three disconnected lives: an attorney, a businessman and a Cambodian refugee child.

& On Sunday August 12 at 3 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series Poet Melanie Leavitt reads from her work.

& Spoken Word New Orleans Speak Easy Sundays Poetry at the Club Caribbean 2441 Bayou Road at 7 p.m. Cover. Visit their website for updates on other spoken words and visiting artists all around town.

& On Sunday evening at 7 p..mm. Spoken Word New Orleans presents Speak Easy Sundays Poetry at the Club Caribbean 2441 Bayou Road. Cover. Visit their website for updates on other spoken words and visiting artists all around town.

& On Monday, August 13 at 6 p.m. Octavia Books will present a reading and booksigning with writer Kiini Ibura Salaam featuring her new collection of short fiction, ANCIENT, ANCIENT. Acclaimed author and critic Nalo Hopkinson writes, “Salaam treats words like the seductive weapons they are. She wields them to weave fierce, gorgeous stories that stroke your sensibilities, challenge your preconceptions, and leave you breathless with their beauty.”

& Susan Larson, the former book editor of the former Times-Picayune newspaper and member of the National Book Critics Circle hosts The Reading Life on WWNO (89.9 FM) on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. repeating Sundays at Noon. She features interviews with authors of local and national interest.

& On Saturday August 18th (so you don’t miss it by heading off to Whole Foods that morning) Octavia Books will celebrate Julia Child’s birthday featuring Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raves, “Chef and TV personality Julia Child likely would have delighted in and hooted over this wide-ranging picture-book biography…. Readers young and old will devour this fete pour les yeux.”

It’s a slow enough week, I might as well remind everyone that the Big Three indie bookstores are host various book clubs:

& Maple Street Book Shop hosts a First Tuesday Book Club at 5:45 p.m. on, well, the first Tuesday of every month. Check their website for titles.

& Octavia hosts two book clubs, a standard book club and a science fiction book club. The next regular book club meeting is August 18 so it’s probably not too late to get in on this month’s title: The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje.

& Garden District Book Shop also hosts two clubs. The standard book club meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m., and helpfully lists the upcoming titles. The cookbook club usually meets on the first or second Monday of the month “depending on our guest speaker’s schedule”, includes a discount on the featured book and is a potluck!

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