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Odd Words March 14, 2013

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o.twlogo & Next week begins the Tennessee Williams Festival running Wednesday, March 20 through Sunday, March 24, and includes master classes by notable writers, panels discussions on all things literary including Tennessee Williams, theater and music performances, and of course the annual Stella hollering contest. Panels will include highlights comprise more than two dozen literary panel discussions on a wide range of topics including Creole Women; Free People of Color; the South: Exile, Refuge and Return; New Orleans in the 1920s; courage in journalism; and reading in the digital age, along with the 18th Annual Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, celebrity readings of three TW one-acts and several Williams-related panels including “I Remember Tennessee.” You can get all the details at www.tennesseewilliams.net. Notable participants this year include:

  • Michael Cunningham, the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and his latest work, By Nightfall. He will judge the Festival’s 5th Annual Short Fiction Contest;
  • Don Murray, who made his Broadway debut in 1951 opposite Eli Wallach and Maureen Stapleton in Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo, and is perhaps best known for his role in the 1956 film Bus Stop with Marilyn Monroe;
  • John Patrick Shanley, multiple award-winning playwright/screenwriter/director (Doubt, Moonstruck), who wowed Festival audiences in 2010 with his poignant and powerful tribute to Tennessee Williams;
  • Leonard Pitts, best-selling author, columnist and 2004 Pulitzer Prize recipient for Commentary;
  • Douglas Brinkley, prolific non-fiction author and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, whose most recent book, Cronkite, traces Walter Cronkite’s story, drawing on unprecedented access to the esteemed broadcast journalist’s private papers as well as interviews with his family and friends;
  • John Shelton Reed, acclaimed Southern sociologist whose 19th book, Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s, takes readers to the heart of the place that inspired a host of literary legends and other creative souls;
  • Maureen Corrigan, a book critic for the Peabody Award-winning NPR program “Fresh Air;” author of a memoir, Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading; and currently at work on a book about the enduring greatness of The Great Gatsby;
  • Silas House, bestselling author and playwright, whose work, which deals mostly with the plight of the rural place and its people, has been published in The New York Times, Newsday, and Oxford American, and his commentary regularly featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered;”
  • John Jeremiah Sullivan, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the southern editor of The Paris Review. He writes for GQ, Harper’s Magazine, and Oxford American and is the author of Blood Horses and the much-heralded new work, Pulphead;
  • Dwight Garner, a senior writer and book critic for The New York Times, whose essays and journalism have also appeared in Slate, Harper’s and Oxford American, among other places. He is at work on a biography of James Agee;
  • Zachary Lazar, novelist (Sway) and memoirist (Evening’s Empire: The Story of My Father’s Murder), whose writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, BOMB, among others; and
  • Ayana Mathis, whose debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was recently selected by Oprah Winfrey for her Book Club 2.0.

& Thursday, March 14 at 5 p.m. Tulane’s Political Science department hosts a talk by Micheal Lin, author of Land of Promise: An Economic History of The United States in Herbert Hall 201, open to the Tulane community and alumni.

& Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. Rodger Kamenetz will be signing his book The Jew in the Lotus at Maple Leaf Book Shop’s Healing Center Location. While accompanying eight high-spirited Jewish delegates to Dharamsala, India, for a historic Buddhist-Jewish dialogue with the Dalai Lama, poet Rodger Kamenetz comes to understand the convergence of Buddhist and Jewish thought. Along the way he encounters Ram Dass and Richard Gere, and dialogues with leading rabbis and Jewish thinkers, including Zalman Schacter, Yitz and Blue Greenberg, and a host of religious and disaffected Jews and Jewish Buddhists.

& Thursday at 8 p.m. 17 Poets! presents readings and musical performances by Hillary Gravendyk, Anis Shivan and Peter Orr followed by the open mic. Gravendyk is an Assistant Professor of English and Poetry at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She is the recent winner of the Lana Turner poetry prize. Shivani is a fiction writer, poet, and critic, based in Houston, Texas. He is the author of the short story collection, Anatolia and Other Stories, published by Black Lawrence Press. Booklist describes the collection as “extraordinary” and “caustically funny.” The collection was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and one of the stories–”Dubai”–was awarded Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize. Singer, songer writer and novelist Peter Orr will be performing his music.. “Simply put, Peter Orr is a hands-down, flat-out superb performer.” –David Cuthbert, New Orleans Times-Picayune, January 19, 2001

coverFriday March 15 at 7 p.m. Gallatin & Toulouse Press will celebrate the launch of their next title–an art book, comic book or coloring book as the reader prefers (crayons include)–Coloring Book for the Criminally Insane, featuring 28 drawings of local poet and artist Thaddeus Conti. The book launch will be at the St. Roch Tavern 7-9 p.m. “Poet, artist and raconteur Thaddeus Conti’s art explores the precarious margins of sanity, crawling right up to The Edge and peering deep into the darkness that lies inside that well. He is a bard for the modern age, willing to taste just enough of the poison of modern life to bring back visions & poems that draw us all closer to the fire & away from the darkness.”

& Saturday morning March 16 at 11:30 a.m. brings Story Time with Miss Maureen to Maple Street Book Shop Uptown. In early celebration of St. Patrick’s day, she’ll read Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola.

& Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Octavia Books will host a booksiging with Kid Chef Eliana celebrating the launch of her new book, COOL KIDS COOK. Kid Chef Eliana keeps the good times rolling in this kid-friendly cookbook celebrating our Louisiana cuisine. With nearly thirty exciting recipes you can follow, from Jambalaya to Maque Choux to Boudin Balls to Pralines, Eliana guides you on a culinary journey through Louisiana. No matter your age, she shows you how to safely prepare some most delicious dishes that will excite the taste buds of family and friends.

& Saturday March 16 Earl W. Hampton, Jr. will be signing The Streetcar Guide to New Orleans (written by Hampton, Jr., Louis Costa, Andre Neff, and Peter Raarup) at Maple Street Book Shop’s Uptown location from 1 to 3 p.m.

& Saturday evening Tom Andes will be reading his story “The Hit” from The Best American Mystery Stories 2012 at the Maple Street Book Shop at Bayou St. John at 6 pm. There will be copies of the anthology for sale and wine and cheese for refreshments.

& Saturday night at the Contemporary Arts Center, check out Literally Speaking: Poetry and Purpose with Dave Brinks; Lee Meitzen Grue; Asia Rainey; & Kalamu ya Salaam and Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Moderator. Refreshments & Book Signing After Reading

& Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Staple Goods Gallery Presents the Neutral Ground Quarterly Reading Series 6 X 15 (Six writers/performers, fifteen minutes each) Featuring performer Bremner Duthie, poet Kelly Harris, prose writer Yuri Herrera, prose writer Ruthie Landry, poet & playwright Dalt Wonk, and prose writer Michael Allen Zell. Actor, singer, and performer of award-winning one man shows, Bremner Duthie; Poet, educator, founder of The Literary Lab, and MelaNated collective member, Kelly Harris; Internationally known and award-winning novelist and short story writer, Yuri Herrera; NOCCA student and 2011 Words & Music Festival High School Short Story Winner, Ruthie Landry; Decades-strong poet, playwright, illustrator, and critic, Dalt Wonk; and, Novelist and short story writer, Michael Allen Zell

& This Sunday’s reading at the Maple Leaf Poetry Series is Open Mic at 3:30 pm in the rear courtyard.

& The new Sunday show from Spoken Word New Orleans is Poetry and Paint Brushes. Spoken Word artists perform as a resident artists paints the crowd and performers. At 6 p.m. at Special Tea, 4337 Banks Street. No longer at the Bayou Road location.

& Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Staple Goods Gallery Presents the Neutral Ground Quarterly Reading Series 6 X 15 (Six writers/performers, fifteen minutes each) Featuring performer Bremner Duthie, poet Kelly Harris, prose writer Yuri Herrera, prose writer Ruthie Landry, poet & playwright Dalt Wonk, and prose writer Michael Allen Zell. Actor, singer, and performer of award-winning one man shows, Bremner Duthie; Poet, educator, founder of The Literary Lab, and MelaNated collective member, Kelly Harris; Internationally known and award-winning novelist and short story writer, Yuri Herrera; NOCCA student and 2011 Words & Music Festival High School Short Story Winner, Ruthie Landry; Decades-strong poet, playwright, illustrator, and critic, Dalt Wonk; and, Novelist and short story writer, Michael Allen Zell

& Every 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.

& 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, March 26 Garden District Bookshop hosts Sally Newhart’s book The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. In 1910, The Tuxedo Jazz Band played its first show at the Tuxedo Dance Hall in Storyville, under Oscar Celestin. The popular ensemble went on to play all over New Orleans, as well as across the South and the nation. In 1953, it became the first jazz band to play the White House. The band has punctuated Jazz history and produced some of the most memorable musicians of the past century: Bob French, Albert French, William Ridgley, Octave Crosby, Louis Armstrong and more. Author Sally Newhart has written a definitive and captivating history of the band from inception to present, including oral histories, archival photos, discography and a previously unpublished complete list of members since 1910

& Wednesday, March 20 brings Robert M. Ferris and FLOOD OF CONFLICT: The New Orleans Free School Story to Octavia Books. In 1971, he helped start The New Orleans Free School, which became a public school in 1973. He taught seventh and eighth grade and participated in communal governance of the school until 1980. Then the school system bureaucracy engaged the school in a bitter fight to take over leadership of the school. This struggle ended with Bob being appointed principal in 1982. However, this battle was not an isolated onslaught. It was a precursor to a human flood of conflicts in which the bureaucracy attempted to drown the Free School over issues about staff, size of enrollment, educational practices, teachers, building conditions, neglect of duty and location of school. Ferris concludes this book with passionate and well-informed arguments about educational issues confounding our country, including charter schools, the achievement gap, high-stakes testing, poverty, fair and equitable spending, early childhood eduction and quality education.

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1. candice - March 14, 2013

psst: you got the e-mail with the UNO discount code, right?


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