Odd Words November 8, 2012Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, publishing, Toulouse Street.
Tags: Dave Brinks, Ladyfest 2012, The Secret Brain
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“I’m surprised there are so many men here!” MC Megan Haris remarked to no one in particular among the smokers outside poet and artist Jena Mae’s new apartment/art space on St. Roch. Among the 40-Odd audience were partners, poets and friends and if you are going to celebrate Strong Women, I think you definitely want men in attendance. Jimmy Ross’s baklava and Thaddeus Conti’s red beans were awesome offerings at the temple of Calliope. Readers included Roselyn Lionhart (that ROSElyn like the flower), and it was a room full of lionhearted performers: Heather Tammany, R.K. Powers, Lee Meitzen-Grue, Megan Burns, Sandra Grace Johnson and Laura McKnight. If you missed it, don’t despair entirely (just a little; you deserve it), because you can catch an equally wonderful lineup Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. for Poetry and Piano at Buffa’s Bar. Music by Lady Baby Miss, and readers include Jessica Ruby Radcliffe, Chyana Bwyse Gradley, Gerrul Robinson, Cate Root, Kim Vodicka, Gina Ferrara, lauren Marie, Melante Leavitt, Ayanna Monila-Mills, Kate Smash, Beverly Rainbolt, Kelly Johns, Sunday Shae Parker, Trisha Rezende and Elizabeth Garcia. Forget poetry slams. This will be distaff smackdown, so if you missed last night (OK, you can get away with regret instead of despair if you missed it), but don’t miss this one.
& Tonight’s Main Event is the New Orleans launch of 17 Poets! co-host and tribal shaman of NOLA poetry Dave Brinks’s The Secret Brain. It’s already debuted at City Lights Books in San Francisco with all of the luminaries of that scene in attendance, and in Parish. Tonight’s show will combine readings with musical and dance performances by Rockin’ DOPSIE,, Gaynielle NEVILLE, Reverend Goat CARSON, Katarina BOUDREAUX, and Matthew SHILLING, keeping alive the half-century old tradition of mixed media poetry performance for which the Goldmine Saloon location is world-famous. So come stop by the bar that helped birth the Beats for a public viewing of Brink’s Secret Brain.
& Just in time for Mayor-Of-An-Imaginary-Disney-New-Orleans Mitch Landrieu’s latest bonehead proposal to close the Jackson Square pedestrian mall at night comes Jackson Squared : The Heart of the Quarter, by Tom Varisco, John Biguenet, Will Crocker and Jackson Hill. Tom Varisco’s new book documents a year in the life of the French Quarter’s Jackson Square with lively, outrageous, humorous, and sometimes shocking pictures by himself and photographers Will Crocker and Jackson Hill and essays by John Biguenet, John Carr, Nicole Biguenet Pedersen and Susan Sarver. Standing in the square next to Ole Hickory, you’ll meet musicians, artists, tourists and oddballs of every stripe. The book is an irreverent celebration of the heart of the quarter and New Orleans. Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6 pm. Somebody by a copy for Mitch so he is reminded he doesn’t live in Baton Rouge anymore.
& On Friday, Nov. 10 at 5 pm Octavia Books hosts a YA event featuring Robin Bridges’ The Unfailing Light, the new installment in her young adult trilogy, The Katerina Trilogy, set in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the reign of Tsar Alexander III.The Katrina Trilogy. Note the early start time.
& Friday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Garden District Book Shop features Summer Wood’s Raising Wrecker, “the story of this nearly-broken boy whose presence turns a motley group of isolated eccentrics into a real family. Real enough to make mistakes. Real enough to stick together in spite of everything ready to tear them apart. There’s no guidebook to mothering for Melody, who thought the best thing in life was eighty acres of old growth along the Mattole River and nobody telling her what to do – until this boy came along.”
& If you already forgot about Friday night’s Ladyfest reading, you probably forgot to take, um, that supplement that supposed to help with brain function and memory. The reading is 8 pm until Midnight at Buffa’s Lounge.
& UPDATE: Also on Friday, McKeown’s hosts HOW the SKINNY VICTORY of BUTCHER’S SUGAR became SPITSHINE ERRATA, featuring authors Carolyn Hembree – Skinny; Ben Kopel – Victory; Brad Richard – Butcher’s Sugar’ Anne Marie Rooney – Spitshine; Geoff Wyss – How’ and, Michael Allen Zell – Errata
& The New Orleans Public Library is hosting an Adult Poetry Workshop at the Martin Luther King Branch Library, 1611 Caffin Avenue, from 3-5 pm and every second Friday through March. The workshop is hosted by Delia Tomino Nakayama and funded by Poets & Writers.
&Saturday, Nov. 10 ta 1 pm Garden District presents Eleni Gage’s, Other Waters. “When the protagonist May’s grandmother dies in India, a family squabble over property ignites a curse that drifts across continents and threatens Maya’s life. She hopes a trip back to India with her best friend, Heidi, will enable her to remove the curse, save her family, and put her own life back in order. Thus begins a journey into Maya’s parallel worlds– New York and an India filled with loving and annoying relatives, vivid colors, and superstitious customs she doesn’t, and does, believe in. But her time in India isn’t just a visit “home” or a chance to explore the strengthening and suffocating bonds of family, it’s also the beginning of a cathartic quest toward forging one identity out of two cultures.”
& There won’t be Story Time with Miss Maureen at Maple Street Book Shop’s uptown location due the University Montessori School Book Fair will be taking place all day.
& UPDATE:Also on Saturday at 7 p.m. a new reading series at Kajun’s Pub, The Cold Cuts Series hosted by Tenderloin Magazine editors Mel Coyle and Jenn Nunes featuring Kim Vodicka, Vincent Cellucci, and Anne Marie Rooney.
& Sunday Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.Fair Grinds Coffee Shop will host a book release party for Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind. How do we create new, non-hierarchical structures of support and mutual aid and include all ages in the struggle for social justice? Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind is a collection of concrete tips, suggestions, and narratives on ways that non-parents can support parents, children, and caregivers in their communities, social movements, and collective processes.
& On Monday, Nov. 12 Octavia Books presents p Martha Fitgerald featuring her new book, The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing. In 1937, medical students began a two-year correspondence across 1,100 miles, and their fancy turned to deep respect and abiding love. Alice Baker of New Orleans and Joe Holoubek of Omaha became Dr. Alice and Dr. Joe, a professional couple known for their unbreakable bond. The Courtship of Two Doctors chronicles their early history, providing an inspiring look at the birth of a marriage and a lifetime of service.
& Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 pm Garden District feature’s David Spielman’s and Fred Lyon’s When Not Performing: New Orleans Musicians, “revealing portraits of New Orleans performers provide a provocative and intimate glimpse into the musical pulse of the city. They are captured in locations of their own choosing, places that define and inspire them as individuals. Often elusive as smoke, once captured their images are both haunting and familiar.
David G. Spielman followed these talented artists through the neighborhoods, backstreets, and bars, using little more than a Leica camera. Printed as duotones, the emotional images speak without shouting. Fred Lyon listened to the performers and engaged them in conversation, drawing meaning and understanding from their often complex tales of hardship, triumph, and family. Their stories allow the viewer to connect with each specific portrait and location. Among those captured in image and word are Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Sr., Jeremy Davenport, Fats Domino, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Frank Minyard, Charmaine Neville, Albinas Prizgintas, Katey Red, Paul Sanchez, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, and Johnny Vidacovich, along with many others.”
& Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series is an Open Mic, preceded and followed by the usual poets-and-alcohol frivolity. Interested readers should contact Nancy Harris about featuring at New Orleans’ longest-running poetry reading series, founded by Everette Maddox. Next scheduled feature is Dec. 2 with John Gery’s UNO MFA Poets.
& 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 words and visiting artists all around town.
& 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) every Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. repeating Sundays at Noon. She features interviews with authors of local and national interest.
& UPDATE:Join author Carolyn Morrow Long as she discusses her new release, Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of The Haunted House, at The Tennessee William’s Festival monthly Coffee and Conversation at 7 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the main branch Jefferson Parish Library. This session includes local author interviews, book signings of their latest releases, Q&A sessions, and complimentary French Market Coffee.
& On Wednesday, Nov. 15 Octavia Books hosts B.A. Shapiro featuring her new — and now The New York Times bestselling — novel, The Art Forger. “A clever, twisty novel about art, authenticity, love, and betrayal. B. A. Shapiro knows about Degas, and she knows about art theft and forgery, and she also knows how to tell a gripping story.” —Tom Perrotta
If you’re feeling left out, it is probably because you didn’t send your event to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you make the list!