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Odd Words No. 140 September 6, 2012

Posted by The Typist in books, bookstores, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, publishing, signings, Toulouse Street.
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Bill Lavender and the New Orleans academic and literary community lost their battle to save the University of New Orleans Press from the governor’s and university president’s budget ax, but Lavender sent out the following announcement this week: “I’ll be reinvigorating my old-micro press, Lavender Ink, with a new imprint, Diálogos, and aggressively continuing to publish work of the caliber we were producing at UNO Press. I may even try offering some private workshops. If you would like to receive updates about Lavender Ink / Diálogos shenanigans (we do hope to have a major launch event before the end of this year), please sign up for the mailing list. I promise I won’t spam you; I’ll just send updates once every couple of months.” One of Lavender Ink’s next titles will be Black Widow Salon host Micheal Zell’s Errata, described as “Italo Calvino meets David Lynch in a neo-noir tale of obsession.”

Against the Day Update/Kindle Update: Page 691 (63%) and and a bit of aggravation to my tennis elbow from holding up the surprisingly light Kindle (blame my bad posture). My thumbs keep wanting to go to the buttons at the bottom instead of the page turners on the side, but that’s electronics habits imposing themselves on the reading of a book. I remember my first reading of Gravity’s Rainbow back in the early 70s, frequently while siting in the back of some unrelated high school class. I would make lists of terms, places and historic figures to look up, and scurry to the library at lunch. I believe the librarian thought me mad and I didn’t want to get into what I was reading as I’m not sure the stern old woman would have approved. Reading something this dense in the age of Google is so much easier. And yes I will end up buying a hard copy from the first independent bookstore to pimp mention Odd Words on their web page.

Susan Larson has assembled a humbling list of book events for the fall for Gambit’s The Book Issue, but you know you’re going to use that issue to start your charcoal or lose the link so don’t forget to check back here weekly.

The Young Leadership Council’s One Book One New Orleans pick for the fall is Ned Sublette’s The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square
, by Ned Sublette. The onebookoneneworleans.com web site is down but you already own this one, don’t you? Really? Well, all the local indie bookstores are open and you have no excuse not to grab a copy. More details on the YLC’s annual project to get an entire city reading and talking about the same book when they get their website back up.

& so to the listings…

& On Thursday, Sept. 6 17 Poets! launches their Fall season with Poet John Knight and Writer Constance Adler. Knight is the recipient of the Louisiana Literature Award for Poetry, the Langston Hughes Poetry Prize, the Pirates Alley William Faulkner Poetry Award and the Eyster Prize for Poetry. He is a native of Georgia, but now resides in Louisiana. Adler teaches a creative writing workshop and writes a blog, Emily Every Day. Her writing has appeared in Spy Magazine, Utne Reader, Self, Cable Guide, Baltimore Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Oxford American, and Gambit, New Orleans’s alternative newsweekly. You can check out the entire fall schedule on the 17 Poets! web page.

& This weekend Sept. 7-9 Worldplay New Orleans hosts its annual Write, Nola! spoken word poetry fest including seminars and performances. Registration and a fee is required. The event concludes with a performance at Cafe Istanbul Sunday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. featuring an awards ceremony and performances by local and national artists.

& On Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. the Dickens Fellowship of New Orleans will meet at Metairie Park Country Day School’s Bright Library for a discussion of GREAT EXPECTATIONS – Part I, Chapters 1-6.

& A new women-only book club has started up at Fair Grinds Coffee Shop, meeting at 1 p.m. Sundays. The current title (which they began Aug. 12th) is Bell Hooks All About Love. Drop a line to ladiesnight@noboyfriends.org for more information.

& Sunday at 3 p.m. is an open mic at the Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series.

& On Sunday evening at 7 p.m. 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, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. the Black Widow Salon sponsored by Black Widow Press starts its fall schedule with its annual Lafcadio Hearn Tribute. Special guest readers include: Priestess Miriam Chimani from the Voodoo Spiritual Temple reading about Marie Laveau and All Saint’s Day, Burlesque doyenne Trixie Minx reading about NOLA glamour, and historian/author/playwright Rob Florence reading from Hearn’s Chita. All ages welcome to bring Hearn books to read. Email books@crescentcitybooks.com for more information.

& 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.

& Next Thursday, Sept. 13th David Lummis celebrates the long-awaited publication of The Last Beacour, Part Two of The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans at Octavia Books. “Here is a guy who can paint accurately while he suffers—a talented bohemian, in other words. A worthy addition to your growing New Orleans shelf.” —Andrei Codrescu Garden District Books hosts

& Also next Thursday the 13th at 5:30 p.m. Garden District Books features William Barnwell’s Lead Me On, Let Me Stand: A Clergyman’s Story in White and Black, “a moving, passionate memoir of a life of ministry by a dedicated preacher striving to bring together things that tend to pull apart–the church and the world, women and men, old and young, straights and gays, works and faith, the Deep South and the Far North, blacks and whites, a quest for the love described by philosopher-theologian Soren Kierkegaard, “Love is the unity of hostile elements.”

Looking ahead:

& Starting Sept. 25th, the Keller Library and Maple Street Books will sponsor a new, lunch-time book club. The selection for August is Richard Ford’s Canada. The dates for the first four months are: Aug. 28th, Sept. 25th, Oct. 23rd, and Nov. 27th. (I’m pretty sure they didn’t meet on the 28th).

&The 2012 Louisiana Book Festival is Oct. 27 in Baton Rouge. If you want to get into the closer hotels downtown book early, as I ended up way out on I-10 last year desperately trying to reproduce my forgotten business cards at Kinko’s. Odd Words will be there writing up the best of the fest if you can’t make it.

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1. Foxessa - September 6, 2012

Woo! Hoping you will be free to get together next month.

Love, C.


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