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Odd Words January 31, 2013

Posted by Mark Folse in Toulouse Street.
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Ploughshares has published its Literary Burroughs #49, covering the literary scene in New Orleans. You can check it out here. Kudos to auuthor Micheal Zell of Crescent City Books for a great job. Also, check out the review of Zell’s Eratta on the marquee alt-lit site HTML Giant.

The 5×20 Black Widow Salon at Crescent City Books originally scheduled for Feb. 4 has been moved to Monday, February 18th to push it past Carnival season.

It’s a quiet week, what with the Super Bowl in town. I’m not sure a new edition of the Bible personally signed by God could sell enough copies to cover the cost of a night’s room in a hotel this week. Come out and check out a new performance event, or support a local author. Maple Street Bookstore is even offering a night of quiet, acoustic music if the Super Gras is just too much for you. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Uptown location at 7 p.m. A $5 donation for the bands is requested. Featured are real live tigers
(sparse country splinters from Fayetteville, AR), pyeya (vocal trio singing balkan siren songs and never ever(acoustic folk embraces). I’m not sure what Balkan siren songs are but I’m intrigued.

Given all the insanity downtown, I think this might be a good week to start Infinite Jest.

& Tonight, Jan. 30 Octavia Books hosts a presentation and book signing by Ed Branley celebrating his new book, LEGENDARY LOCALS OF NEW ORLEANS, covering the full spectrum of the city’s historical personalities from John Lafitte to Drew Brees. Branley, a former history teacher, is now a computer consultant and independent scholar who teaches, writes, and continually discovers (and shares) the wonders of his hometown, New Orleans. This is his fourth book for Arcadia Publishing.

Friday Night Faubourg Marigny Art & Books hosts a “Superbowl Signing” 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. featuring FRED LYON’s AND DAVID G. SPIELMAN’s “WHEN NOT PERFORMING”. I did a French Quarter Fest signing here once and surprisingly, Otis sold almost exactly the number of books the next day to match the people who said they didn’t want to cart one around that night but promised to come back later for one.

& The new Sunday show from Spoken Word New Orleans is Poetry and Paint Brushes. Poets perform as our resident artists paints the crowd and performers. Also at Special Tea, 4337 Banks Street. No longer at the Bayou Road location.

& Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Carolyn Hembree will read from her debut collection, Skinny, and her unpublished manuscript, Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine & Other Ways to Escape a Plague, this Monday at Tulane’s Cudd Hall. A brief Q&A, reception and booksigning will follow the reading. This event will complete the New Orleans leg of her book tour.

& I’m not sure about the usual Monday, 9 p.m. Writer’s Block, usually held on the amphitheater steps on Decatur Street across from Jackson Square. Check the Facebook page for details.

& On Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. The 1718 Society, a student-run literary organization of Tulane, Loyola, and UNO students, hosts reader Josip Novakovich. “Hailed as one of the best short story writers of the 1990s, Josip Novakovich was praised by the New York Times for writing fiction that has ‘the crackle of authenticity, like the bite of breaking glass.’ In his new collection, he explores a war-torn Balkan world in which a schoolchild’s innocence evaporates in a puff of cannon smoke, lust replaces love, and the joy of survival overrides all other pleasures.”

& 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.

& Wednesday nights from 7-10 Lyrics and Laughs bridges comedy and poetry featurig performers from both genres at Special Tea, 4337 Banks St.

That’s it. No parades, riots in the streets downtown and you know you always meant to get around to Anna Karenina.

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