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Odd Words July 10, 2013

Posted by Mark Folse in Toulouse Street.
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Algiers’s Hubbell Library Celebration Saturday and a Hemingway reading contest Sunday top the list of events this week in Odd Words. (Yes, I know it’s only Wednesday. We’re up early so you don’t have to be. Go ahead. Have another beer).

& Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. the Garden District Book Shop hosts Brett Martin and Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: from the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, “[a] riveting and revealing look at the shows that helped cable television drama emerge as the signature art form of the twenty-first century.”

& Since the end of 17 Poets! spring season, a small group of poets have been meeting up at Flora’s Coffee Shop and Gallery around eight or nine on Thursdays to sit, visit and occasionally read a poem. The first order of business is to figure out whether the breeze is blowing on Royal or Franklin. An entirely relaxing way to spend an evening if you love poetry and the least intimidating venue possible if you have hesitated to read in public before.

& On Saturday the New Orleans Public Library and Friends of the Hubbell Library will host a celebration of the branch’s reopening in its original location, 725 Pelican St. Events include: 10:30 a.m. – Storytime with Miss Domonique; 11 a.m. – Calliope Puppets Performance; Noon – Storytime; 1 p.m. – Poppy Tooker Author Talk & Book Signing; 2 p.m. – Rick Trolsen & Friends; 3 p.m. – Egg Yolk Jubilee. There will be library tours, games, music, crafts with Confetti Kids, and more throughout the day of the Community Celebration

& Sunday at noon the final event of the annual San Fermin Nueva Orleans will be El Pobre de Mi!, featuring interpretive readings of the work of Ernest Hemmingway and a Hemmingway look-alike contest. The event features music by Pobre Calle Banda (marching band), burlesque by Roxie Le Rouge, The Pussyfooters, Mystic Ponies Aerial Troupe, Hemingway Readings by renowned local authors, brunch menu and drink specials by The Maison. There will be an interpretive reading contest open to the public. Visit the event’s Facebook page for details on how to enter.

& On Sunday at 2 p.m. Garden District Books features Ramon Antonio Vargas’ Fight, Grin and Squarely Play the Game: The 1945 Loyola New Orleans Basketball Championship and Legacy. In 1945, the Loyola New Orleans Wolf Pack became the city’s first basketball team to earn a national championship. The Cinderella season was chronicled in the “Times Picayune,” the student newspaper “The Maroon” and letters from students and alums fighting overseas. Take a courtside seat as journalist Ramon A. Vargas chronicles the season, including heartfelt personal narratives to tell the story of the championship and legacy of a team that led Loyola to national prominence

& Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Bar is the Maple Leaf Reading Series, the oldest continuous reading series in the south, founded by Everette Maddox. This week poet/songwriter Mike True reads from his work. In the back patio, weather permitting. Periodic features and an open mic every Sunday.

& The new Sunday show from Spoken Word New Orleans is Poetry and Paint Brushes. Spoken Word artists perform as a resident artist sketches the performers. Doors at 7 pm. and show at 8 pm. at Special Tea, 4337 Banks Street.

& 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.

& Also on Tuesday the Jefferson Parish Library Writers Group meets at the Westwego library from 7-9 pm.

Every Wednesday at Buffa’s in the back room there will be music and poetry hosted by Laura Mattingly from 7-8 p.m. followed by an open mic open to all performers: musicians, poets, comics.

& Wednesday at 6 p.m. Garden District Book Shop presents Jerry DeWitt with Ethan Brown:Hope After Faith, “[a] former Louisiana pastor’s courageous memoir chronicling his conversion to atheism.” DeWitt was a pastor in the town of DeRidder, Louisiana, and was a fixture of the community. In private, however, he’d begun to question his faith. Late one night in May 2011, a member of his flock called seeking prayer for her brother who had been in a serious accident. As DeWitt searched for the right words to console her, speech failed him, and he found that the faith which once had formed the cornerstone of his life had finally crumbled to dust. When it became public knowledge that DeWitt was now an atheist, he found himself shunned by much of DeRidder’s highly religious community, losing nearly everything he’d known.

& Coming up in July, the New Orleans Museum of Art Book Club will meet Thursday, July 25, 12 p.m. to discuss The $12 Million Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson and Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton Both books are interesting reads: choose one or both! All programs start promptly at noon; please come at 11:30 if you would like to meet with friends first. NOMA will provide water and soft drinks. If you will be attending, contact Sheila Cork at scork@noma.org or (504) 658-4117

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