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Odd Words November 23, 2012

Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, publishing, reading, Toulouse Street.
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It’s Black Friday and so far there are no reports of tramplings, stabbings or arrests at your local independent bookstores so if you are ready to start your Christmas shopping why not go somewhere safe? If you feel you must venture into Barnes & Noble today (but why, really?) just remember no one made you drive down Veterans Highway today. Have Fun Storming the Castle.

& On Saturday, Nov. 24 author Michael Tisserand signs My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop. In My Bookstore, you’ll read some of our greatest authors’ stories about the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have given them over the years.

Starting Saturday: To say Thanks for Shopping Indie Octavia Books is offering in-store shopping bonuses on an impressive array of 66 favorite independent bookstore titles selected from the 2012 Indie Next picks – inspired recommendations from independent bookstore booksellers everywhere. We’ll be highlighting this thoughtful collection of independent bookstore favorites beginning on Small Business Saturday and running through the following Saturday, Dec. 1.

& Also on Saturday, Todd-Michael St. Pierre will be signing his cookbook, Taste of Treme, Saturday at 12 non at Maple Street Book Shops Healing Center location. He’ll also be signing at the Uptown store at 6 p.m..

& Ken Foster will be signing his book, I’m A Good Dog, at Maple Street Book Shop’s Uptown location at 1 p.m. Filled with inspiring stories and photographs, this heartfelt tribute to the pit bull celebrates one of America’s most popular yet misunderstood dogs.

& Every Saturday at Maple Street Book Shop Uptown its Story Time with Miss Maureen. This week: Black Dog by Levi Pinfold. Kids wil make paper snowflakes and drink hot chocolate.

& There will be no reading at the Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series this Sunday due to collision with the Saint’s game in the front bar. The following Sunday Nov. 2 John Gery’s UNO MFA Poets will present a group reading. If you’ve ever watched a game at the Maple Leaf you will recall that their state-of-the-art sound system creates the only place on earth louder than the inside of the Superdome.

& 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 word events and visiting artists all around town.

& On Monday, Nov. Alex Hitz presents My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking With a French Twist at Garden District Book Shop at 6 p.m. n this cookbook of more than 175 recipes, Alex Hitz blends the home cooking of his mother’s Atlanta kitchen with lessons he learned in France to come up with food anyone can cook and we all want to eat.

& 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.

& Maple Street Book Shop’s the Lunch ‘n’ Lit group will be meets this Tuesday at the Keller Library Community Center Loft at 12 p.m. (and every fourth Tuesday). November’s meeting will be a discussion of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Participants should bring their lunch. Newcomers are welcome!

& 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. She features interviews with authors of local and national interest.

Tuesday evening Garden District Book Shops hosts Donald Palmisano and The Little Red Book of Leadership Lessons. Dr. Donald J. Palmisano explores the vital qualities that every American should look for in a leader by gleaning lessons from great figures throughout history. Foreword by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. To avoid a Tourette’s-like outburst resulting in a possible exorcism intervention by our Dear Leader, Odd Words will refrain from comment on the selection of the foreword author or the choice of “Little Red Book” for the title except to note that the latter explains a lot of things about our current political climate.

& On Wednesday, Nov. 28 Octavia Books hosts a book signing with writer Timothy Jay Smith featuring his new novel, Cooper’s Promise, a thriller set against the backdrop of civil war plagued Africa. Army sharpshooter and deserter Cooper Chance is trapped. Recruited from Iraq to fight in an African country ravaged by a chronic civil war, Cooper wants nothing more than to go home. Unfortunately, the only thing awaiting him in America is jail

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