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Odd Words December 6, 2012

Posted by The Typist in books, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, publishing, Toulouse Street.
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This week’s standout event is Next Wednesday: The Hard Times Blues Tour 2012 comes at Fairgrinds (next to Maple Street Book Shop’s Bayou St. John location) with Elwin Cotman, Ben Passmore, & Luka Miro presenting their comics, fiction, poetry, and music, and to hear debut readings from their newest works. Poet Ben Kopel will also be reading. Cotman is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Jack Daniels Sessions EP (Six Gallery Press, 2010) (the updated third edition of which will be on hand), and of the upcoming collection Hard Times Blues. The Jack Daniels Sessions EP is a collection of fabulist stories, many based out of American folklore. Cotman is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Jack Daniels Sessions EP (Six Gallery Press, 2010) (the updated third edition of which will be on hand), and of the upcoming collection Hard Times Blues. The Jack Daniels Sessions EP is a collection of fabulist stories, many based out of American folklore Miro will be sharing poetry from their most recent collection, Cane Break. Kopel, poet, is the author of Victory (H_NGM_N press). He currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he teaches creative writing and English literature to high school students. He also curates the Diane Tapes Reading Series at Maple Street Book Shop in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.

& Tonight don’t miss a reading and signing by the United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey at the New Orleans Main Library at 7 p.m. A Gulf Coast Native, Trethewey is a Pulitizer Prize winner, and the 19th Poet Laureate. She is the author of Thrall, Native Guard, Bellcqc’s Ophelia, Domestic Work and Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

& This evening Octavia Books presents Photographer David G. Spielman’s WHEN NOT PERFORMING: New Orleans Musicians, revealing portraits of New Orleans’ performers which provides a provocative and intimate glimpse into the musical pulse of the city. Spielman followed these talented artists through neighborhoods, backstreets, and bars, using little more than a Leica camera. Printed as duotones, the emotional images speak without shouting. These revealing portraits of New Orleans’ performers provide a provocative and intimate glimpse into the musical pulse of the city.Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.

& Also on Thursday Maple Street Book Shop hosts Tom Varisco, Will Crocker, Jackson Hill, and John Biguenet will be signing Jackson Squared, at their Uptown location. Tom’s book documents the French Quarter’s Jackson Square, the heart of the quarter, with funny, surprising and sometimes shocking pictures by Tom and photographers Will Crocker and Jackson Hill and essays by John Biguenet, John Carr, Nicole Biguenet Pedersen and Susan Sarver. Even the statue of Old Hickory weighs in with some colorful art criticism and an ode to the Who Dat nation. The book is an irreverent celebration of one of America’s most famous destinations. Thursday, December 6th at 6PM.

& This Thursday 17 Poets! present Michael Allen Zell and Jenn Marie Nunes. Zell will be reading and signing his new book Errata from
Lavender Ink. He was a finalist for the 2011 Calvino Prize, finalist for the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, and was nominated for the 2012 Best American Short Stories. Nunes is a poet and writer living whose echapbook, STRIP, is available online through [PANK] Magazine, July 2011. She is co-founding editor of TENDE RLOIN, an online gallery for poetry. Thursday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. Sign up for open mic to follow beings at 7:30 p.m.

& On Friday Octavia Books features a presentation and signing of Mary Mann Hamilton’s TRIALS OF THE EARTH featuring Kerry Hamilton and Sheilah Hamilton Pantin, heirs of Mary Mann Hamilton, who have made her celebrated autobiography available in a 20th anniversary edition with a new introduction by Morgan Freeman after being out of print for many years. From a manuscript that surfaced intact more than 50 years after it was composed, we gain illuminating insight into a pioneering world previously unknown. Mary Hamilton writes of searing hardships, wild joys and the unthinkable work it took to survive in her day in the wilderness of the primitive Mississippi Delta. Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

& This Saturday’s Story Time with Miss Maureen at Maple Street Book Shop Uptown features Light the Lights! by Margaret Moorman. Kids will make paper snowflakes and drink hot chocolate. Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m.

& After Story Time, Maple Street features Cornell Landry signing his latest children’s book, The Amazing Adventure of Mardi Gras Bead Dog, at our Uptown location Saturday, December 8th, 1 p.m.

& Saturday Octavia Books hosts award-winning children’s picture book author and musician Johnette Downing presents and signs her wonderful new book, WHY THE POSSUM HAS A LARGE GRIN. An adaptation of a traditional Choctaw tale told in the rhythmic verse reminiscent of the classic Br’er Rabbit tales. Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

& The December meeting of the The Dickens Fellowship of New Orleans will feature a group read-a-loud of A Christmas Carol at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. at Metairie Park Country Day School’s Bright Library.

& There will be no reading at the Maple Leaf Poetry Series due to the late Saint’s game, as there will be no place to read in case of inclement weather.

& 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.

& 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.

& Tuesday Octavia Books hosts Ken Foster, author of THE DOGS WHO FOUND ME, returns to Octavia Books to give a reading and sign his new book, I’M A GOOD DOG: : Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet. Filled with inspiring stories and photographs, this heartfelt tribute to the pit bull celebrates one of America’s most popular yet misunderstood dogs. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.

& On Wednesday The Hard Times Blues Tour 2012 comes to Fairgrinds (next to Maple Street Book Shop’s Bayou St. John location) for Elwin Cotman, Ben Passmore, & Luka Miro presenting their comics, fiction, poetry, and music, and to hear debut readings from their newest works. Poet Ben Kopel will also be reading. Cotman is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Jack Daniels Sessions EP (Six Gallery Press, 2010) (the updated third edition of which will be on hand), and of the upcoming collection Hard Times Blues. The Jack Daniels Sessions EP is a collection of fabulist stories, many based out of American folklore. Cotman is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Jack Daniels Sessions EP (Six Gallery Press, 2010) (the updated third edition of which will be on hand), and of the upcoming collection Hard Times Blues. The Jack Daniels Sessions EP is a collection of fabulist stories, many based out of American folklore Miro will be sharing poetry from their most recent collection, Cane Break. Kopel, poet, is the author of Victory (H_NGM_N press). He currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he teaches creative writing and English literature to high school students. He also curates the Diane Tapes Reading Series at Maple Street Book Shop in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.

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