Odd Words November 29, 2012Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, novel, Odd Words, Poetry, publishing, Toulouse Street.
If I were pedaling any faster I’d leave contrails at elbows and feet. Somewhere in the gut where coffee is processed into output a mad Scotsman is screaming up at the brain that it can’t take much more of this. My email and instant message alert sound on the work laptop is a WWII electro-mechanical submarine klaxon and this is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill.
This will be an abbreviated and to the point Odd Words.
& Tonight, Nov. 29 at the Maple Street Bookstore Healing Center location on St. Claude Jon O’Dell will be signing his book, The Healing at 6:30 p.m.
& Also tonight at 6 p.m. at Maple Street’s flagship location Moira Crone will be reading from and discussing The Not Yet at our Uptown location, Thursday, November 29th at 6PM. She’ll be joined by Michael Allen Zell who will be reading from and signing his debut novel, Errata.
& Tonight at the Goldmine Saloon 17 Poets! features book signings and featured readings by poets CAROLYN HEMBREE and KRISTINA ROBINSON. 8 p.m., with sign-up for open mike to follow starting at 7:30 pm.
& Tonight at 9 p.m. the Allways Loungs hosts the Poetry Brothel. Come wearing your finest burlesque, Victorian, or steampunk ensemble and receive a token for a free reading. Your hosts will be the Maître d’, Francis Shadfly (Jordan Soyka), and Madam Scarlett O’Heresy (Kim Vodicka). Featured reading is Vincent Cellucci, editor of Lavender Ink’s FUCK https://wordpress.com/#!/settings/poems, music, burlesque, people on stilts and more.
& Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 30 brings a Poetry Exchange Symposium organized by Andy Stallings and Zach Savich
Friday, Nov. 30
- 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m: PXP Student Presentations (Tulane, Stone Auditorium, Woldenburg Art Center, Rm. 210)
- 1:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m: Panel Conversations (Tulane, Norman Mayer Hall, Rm. 200B)
- 1:15-2:00: Publishing and Editing Contemporary Poetry — moderated by Zach Savich, featuring Nik De Dominic, Carolyn Hembree, Caryl Pagel, Dan Rosenberg, Mark Yakich
- 2:15-3:00: Community Building in Poetry — moderated by Brad Richard, featuring Megan Burns, Kelly Harris, Daniel Khalastchi, Kiki Petrosino
- 3:15-4:30: All-New Orleans Student Reading — featuring student poets from universities and high schools across the city
- 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m: Keynote Reading (Tulane, Robert C. Cudd Hall) — featuring Daniel Khalastchi, Blueberry Morningsnow, Kiki Petrosino, Michelle Taransky
Saturday, Dec. 1
- 12:00 p.m: Poetry Walk & Picnic — b.y.o. food and poetry (City Park, near intersection of Wisner Blvd. & Filmore Ave., at kiosk across from driving range)
- 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m: Hunter Deely Memorial Poetry Reading — (Mid-City, 623 N. Rendon St.) — featuring Megan Burns, Peter Cooley, Nik De Dominic, Melissa Dickey, Carolyn Hembree, Maggie Jackson, Paul Killebrew, Ben Kopel, Alicia Rebecca Myers, Caryl Pagel, Hilary Plum, Brad Richard, Dan Rosenberg, Mark Yakich, and Zach Savich
- 8:00 p.m: Closing Celebration — (Marigny/St. Claude, 2433 St. Claude Ave., at Music St.) — entrance on Music St., b.y.o.b.
& Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Octavia Books hosts a pajama party celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Suess’s Sleep Book. Recommended ages 4-7.
& Maple Street Books will host Quattlebaum as the Book Buccaneer for Pirate vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match, followed by snacks and then another story: The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
& Also on Saturday is the monthly Poetry Buffet at the Milton Latter Memorial Library hosted by Gina Ferrara. 2 p.m. Featuring Jarvis DeBerry, Gina Ferrara, and Lee Gru.
& Ken Foster brings his book on the misunderstood pit bull I’m A Good Dog to Garden District Books on Saturday at 3 p.m.
& Sunday, Dec. 2 brings Join the MelaNated Writers Collective for an afternoon of verse featuring the award-winning artist Thomas Sayers Ellis on Sunday, December 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Cafe Treme (1501 St. Philip St.)
& Also on Sunday Staple Goods Gallery, 1340 St. Roch Ave. will feature a reading with Micheal Zell, Niyi Osundare, Carroll Beauvais, Geoff Munsterman, Nasimiyu, and Maurice Ruffin at 2 p.m.
& Sunday afternoon also features a Chess Simultaneous Exhibition and Book Signing with International Chess Master Marc Esserman, author of Mayhem in the Morra! at the Maple Street Healing Center location. The booksigning is to follow exhibition play. Admission to the event is free. If you’d like to play in the simultaneous exhibition match, the price is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students
& 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.
& This month’s Black Widow Salon at Crescent City Books features poet Dave Brinks Monday, Dec. 3. Brinks will discuss his new book “The Secret Brain,” as well as many other subjects. 7 p.m.
&Also on Monday at 5 p.m. Garden District Books features Christopher Buehlman’s Between Two Fires, the story of a disgraced knight and a young girl orphaned by the Black Plague who unite to fight the demonic forces behind the dread disease.
& 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. She features interviews with authors of local and national interest.
& On Tuesday, Dec. 4 the Maple Street Book Shop First Tuesday Book Club will be meeting at 5:45pm at the Uptown location to discuss The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.
& Tuesday evening brings Benjamin Morris to the 1718 Society, a student-run literary organization of Tulane, Loyola, and UNO students, continues their reading series, meeting the first Tuesday of every month at the Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. Readings start at 7 p.m.. Open to the public, they provide an opportunity to experience writers (primarily local poets, but also fiction writers both local and national), while giving students a forum to present their own work to their peers and the community
&Kit Wohl’s New Orleans Classic Cocktails is featured Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Garden District Books. In this brilliantly photographed book, Kit Wohlhas compiled more than sixty luscious beverage recipes, both traditional and eccentric, from the city’s legendary and quirky establishments. Sadly, no samples are promised.
& Wednesday, Oct. 5 Octavia Books hosts a discussion and booksigning with historian Christopher R. Browning featuring his book, ORDINARY MEN, originally published in 1992. ORDINARY MEN is the story of a German reserve police unit made up of men neither committed Nazis responsible for the deaths of 83,000 Jews in Poland.
Wow, that’s a cheerful note to end on. Makes all those work deliverables, school papers and finals just vanish into the Black Nothingness hovering just a few feet away from my desk. Fortunately, I can make my way to the coffee blindfolded. Just remember that the light at the end of the tunnel may be a train, keep your towel handy and Don’t Panic.