Odd Words December 27, 2012Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Poetry, publishing, Toulouse Street.
It’s hard to wrap my brain around cleaning and rearranging the house from stem to stern as I contemplate the couch and my holiday book look: So Recently Rent a World by Andrei Codrescu, The Collected Stories of Dylan Thomas and a copy of All The Thinks Men in hardback from the library book sale in Leavenworth, KS sent by my sister. The number of fantastic titles I have picked up from Alibris and Abe that are boldly stamped WITHDRAWN or DISCARD simply amazes me. I don’t understand why a library would want to get rid of books.
Its a quiet week, perfect for settling into the couch with your holiday book.
& There’s only one bookstore event this week. Maple Street Bookstore’s Healing Center location hosts a book reading and signing with Melinda Palacio and Lucrecia Guerrero. Palacio’s newest poetry collection, How Fire is a Story, Waiting creates images that are at once heartbreaking and humorous. She tackles elemental subjects of family and childhood with the same depth and grace as that of myth making and death. Divided into four sections, Fire, Air, Water, and Earth, Palacio tempers heartbreak, violence, and disappointment with the antidote of humor, beauty, and an appreciation for life. In Guererro’s book, Tree of Sighs, a young girl, Altagracia, faces an uncertain future with a bitter and secretive grandmother after the sudden death of her parents. After the two sink into poverty, Altagracia ends up with a woman who takes her to the United States, changes her name to Grace, and puts her to work as a full-time domestic servant. Tree of Sighs is the story of Grace’s journey to uncover her past as she straddles two cultures in the search for her own identity.
& Saturday night at 9 p.m. Cafe Istanbul hosts the Southern Friend Fundraiser to support New Orleans’ hosting the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in June, 2013. The cover will be $10 and free for the first 10 poets to make the the list. This show will be sponsored by the good poets at WordPlay N.O.
& Sundays at 3 p.m. the south’s oldest continuous reading series at The Maple Leaf Bar meets in the back patio with featured readers followed by an open mike. On Dec. 30 poet Melinda Palacio reads from and signs her new book, How Fire Is A Story Waiting. This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from Poets & Writers, Inc. New Orleans.
& 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. Saturday, Dec. 29 at 3 p.m.
& Usually 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.