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Odd Words April 22, 2010

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Telling stories about New Orleans. That is what got me started writing again after a long quiet period, prompted in part by my reaction to the Federal Flood. The Neighborhood Story Project is an organization in New Orleans dedicated to helping the people of New Orleans tell their own stories. It started as a book making project at John McDonough Senior High School, nurturing young writers from the city and publishing their work.

There are now a dozen titles and a raft of related projects. One of their major fund raising efforts is an annual Write-A-Thon featuring their own authors and anyone else willing to step up and ask for sponsors who will spend the afternoon writing together.

One thing I see missing from this year’s event are local celebrity writers stepping up to participate, which is a bit of a shame. Props to Tom Piazza and Eric Lois Elie for participating in the 2009 event.

You can donate here to any of the participants here and if you’re reading this blog and this post in particular, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to.

§ Yes, it’s Jazz Fest time again and The New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association (NOGSBA) sponsors the Book Tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, where authors will sign books during the fest. Friday-Sunday and April 29-May 1. Here’s the first weekend’s lineup:

April 23th – Friday
Tom Fitzmorris 12-1:00PM Hungry Town
Abby Sallenger 2 –3:00PM Island in a Storm
Cornell Landry 3 – 4:00PM Happy Jazz Fest & Goodnight NOLA
*Tom Sancton 5 – 6:00PM Songs for My Father

April 24th – Saturday
Jennifer Zdon 12-1PM New Orleans A-Z
John Besh 1 – 2:00PM My New Orleans Cookbook
*Johnette Downing 2 – 3:00PM Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud
Jason Berry 3 – 4:00PM Up From the Cradle of Jazz
Bill Loehfelm 4 – 5:00PM Bloodroot
Aubrey Bart 5 – 6:00PM Bluesiana Snake Festival

April 25th – Sunday
Ethan Brown 12 – 1:00PM Shake the Devil Off
Tom Aswell 1 – 2:00PM Louisiana Rocks
Meri Sunseri 2 – 3:00PM P & J Oyster Cookbook
Karen Ocker 3 – 4:00PM Ray Nagin Coloring Book
Earl Hampton 4 – 5:00PM Streetcars of New Orleans: 1964 to Present
Stacey Meyer & Troy Gilbert 5 – 6:00PM New Orleans Kitchens

§ Since I’m passing on Jazz Fest this weekend due to business travel, I may have to catch Valentine Pierce, Paul Benton, Asia Rainey and Chuck Perkins reading their poetry Noon Saturday April 24 at the Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St. in the Bywater.

§ The Maple Leaf will have a Jazz Fest Open Mike on this Sunday with no featured reader.

§ Dave Brinks told me who his featured reader(s) were going to be last Thursday, and I didn’t write it down and so I’ll just hold this space until I get his email during the week. If all you see is this, it means I got too tied up by work to update it, but 17 Poets at the Goldmine Saloon is my favorite local poetry venue. Thursdays, eightish, on Dauphine Street.

That’s probably it for this week, but hey it’s Jazz Fest and people’s minds are on music, but there’s nothing stopping you from dropping by the Book Tent now is there?

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1. Paul Benton - April 28, 2010

Mark — Hello. This is Paul Benton, the guy that read some poetry at Alvar. You gave me your card and I found this site. Thanks. Thanks for stopping by the reading and thanks for mentioning the reading here. I like the stories you talk about. I ahven’t been able to read much but I will. Anyway, I will stay in touch. Have a great day.

Paul

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