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Odd Words November 15, 2012

Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, publishing, Toulouse Street.
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This weekend is the annual NOLA Bookfair with a full day of readings and over 50 book and other vendors, relocated to 725 Magazine St. in the CBD. The location is across from the Farmers Market at Magazine & Girod. It’s sad our once culturally minded mayor has chased this event off Frenchman Street but that’s the way he rolls. Come out and support your local authors and small presses, which are going to be well-represented if you check the vendor list. You can get all the details on the NOLA Bookfair website.

It is so Odd that shortly after I published my idea for a 40 Over 40 list of regional writers who first published later in life, a friend should stumble across Bloom, a website dedicated to that very idea. I am still soliciting nominations for regional writers, with New Orleans as the center, who first published in hard copy after age 40. It can be a first publication, or a first book-length publication of someone published in journals before that age. Send them to odd.words.nola@gmail.com.

Due to issues with their online payment system, The Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction Contest has extended its deadline to Monday, Nov. 19 so it’s not too late to get your Great American Short Story in front of the judges.

& so to the listings…

& Tonight, Nov. 15 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series presents featured readings with poets Deborah POE, Matvei YANKELVICH and Clare MARTIN. The features will be followed by OPEN MIC hosted by Jimmy Ross (Sign-up for Open Mic begins at 7:30pm, limit 14 readers). Poe is the author of the poetry collections the last will be stone, too, Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). In addition, Deborah is co-editor of BetweenWorlds: An Anthology of Fiction and Criticism (Peter Lang). She is also co-editing a collection of Hudson Valley innovative poetry provisionally titled In/Filtration (Station Hill Press). Yanklevich is the author of the poetry collection Alpha Donut (United Artists Books) and the novella-in-fragments Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books), and several chapbooks. His translations of Daniil Kharms were collected in Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook/Ardis). He edits the Eastern European Poets Series at Ugly Duckling Presse. Martin is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and lifelong Louisiana resident. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies.

& The University of New Orleans Women’s Center will host Is That You on the Cover?, a conversation with Carolyn Hembree about her first book, Skinny; the publisher, Kore Press; and resources for women writers Thursday, Nov. 15, at 12:30 pm in Liberal Arts Building 197.

& Also on Thursday Maple Street Book Shop’s Bayou St. John location hosts Suzanne Johnson, author of a new urban fantasy series, who will be reading from and signing her latest book, River Road, at 6 m. Johnson , a longtime New Orleans resident now living in Auburn, Alabama, is a veteran journalist with more than fifty national awards in writing and editing nonfiction. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and a native of Winfield, Alabama. River Road is the follow-up to Suzanne’s first title, Royal Street, both of which are put out by Tor, and will be available at the signing.

& Garden District Book Shop features Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. “This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading.”

& This Friday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Octavia Books, along with Tales of the Cocktail and Old New Orleans Rum, to celebrate the release of Kit Wohl’s beautiful new book, NEW ORLEANS CLASSIC COCKTAILS: Spirited Recipes. Kit will present and sign copies. And, there will be some refreshing sips too. Since it’s a Friday afternoon, the event is starting a half hour earlier than the usual time. Wohl is a writer, photographer, graphics designer and artist. Following completion Arnaud’s Restaurant Cookbook in 2005, she designed, photographed, researched and wrote the first five volumes of her New Orleans Classic restaurant series, each covering a different aspect of the city’s traditional and mainstream cuisines.

& Friday night at Maple Street Book Shop’s Bayou St. John location The Diane Tapes reading series continues with Maia Elgin, Elizabeth Gross and Jenn Marie Nunes at 6 p.m.

& This Saturday the Octavia Book Club meets to discuss The Octavia Book Club Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son at 10:30 am. The club meets every third Saturday.

& Every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. it is Story Time with Miss Maureen at the Maple Leaf Bookshop, with a new children’s book, crafts and more. Details on Maple Streets

& On Saturday, Nov. 17 at Garden District Book Shop and again Monday, Nov. 19 at Maple Street Books Uptown location Debra Shriver will be signing her book, In the Spirit of New Orleans Monday, November 19th, at 6PM at our Uptown store. Please join us for a wine and cheese reception to welcome her. The perfect holiday gift for any New Orleanian, this celebratory volume shares what makes the Crescent City so special from its fascinating history and rich musical legacy to its enduring traditions and cultural landmarks. Includes an insider’s list featuring bars for the cocktail connoisseur, venues for the music maven, and can’t-miss restaurants for the gourmand.

& 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.

& The monthly meeting of the New Orleans Haiku Society will be Monday, Nov 19 at 6 p.m. at the Latter Memorial Library.

& Also, every Monday at 9 p.m. on the amphitheater steps on Decatur Street across from Jackson Square it’s the outdoor open mic Writer’s Block. No rule, no mic, no rules, just right. Bringing cookies is an excellent introduction, and stay for the weekly finale, a rousing sing-a-long of Mercedes-Benz led by organizer Kate Smash.

& 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.

& Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Garden District Book Shop Shelby Tucker will sign his book Client Service, the story of the IOS (Investors Overseas Services) swindle in the 1960s. Tucker was an investor and an insider who worked as a salesman for IOS in its early days.

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