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Odd Words March 17, 2011

Posted by The Typist in Odd Words, Toulouse Street.
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Here’s an unusual and fantastic response to the problems Border’s Books is having, including folding a local store rebuilt with hurricane recovery money. Octavia Books will host a community discussion “What do YOU want from your local bookstore?” From their website:

To all our regular customers, and to all Borders customers looking for a new bookstore to call your own, we promise to keep working hard to offer you a welcoming place where you can always talk with us about books you’ve discovered; where you will find a thoughtful, personally selected array of titles to browse, examine and take home; and where you can regularly meet great authors in person and through the printed word. We look forward to being the place you will come back to again and again.

If you are concerned about the future of books in our city, we invite you to be part of a conversation about what you want from your local bookstore. Michael Tisserand, former editor of Gambit Weekly and author of Sugarcane Academy, has agreed to be our moderator. Whether you are a regular Octavia Books customer, a longtime Borders customer, or if you’ve only just heard about us, we hope that you’ll join us on Tuesday, March 22, at 6 pm, where you can give voice to your concerns – and we’ll be listening.

It looks like a quiet week but perhaps everyone is gearing up for the Tennessee Williams Festival, which isonly two weeks away/ I’ll be old fart in a young guy’s hat wandering aimless and sort of lost like among all the book clubbers who make him look not quite so old. The only Master Class I’m almost certain to make will be Jason Berry’s “Finding the Non-Fiction Narrative” on Thursday at 11 a.m. I think I’m definitely going to spring for a panel pass and take a day off work Friday because the panels look like where the good stuff is.

Friday, March 25:

· New Southern Voices, a panel discussion featuring Minrose Gwin, Skip Horack and Josh Russell. Horack is the only one I’ve read and his debut shot story collection The Southern Cross is definitely worth a read. 10 a.m.

· Play Me Something, Mister: Writing About New Orleans Music with Eve Abrams, Shannon Brinkman, Karen Celestan and Thomas W. Jacobsen. 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 26

· Walker Percy’s The Movie Goer, a panel marking the 50th anniversary of this book featuring Percy’s friends and fellow novelists Sheila Bossworth, Valerie Martin and Chris Wiltz at 10 a.m.

· Well Versed: Poetry Readings is a discussion and reading by Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque, chairman of the Lusher Charter High School Creative Writing Program Brad Richard, Mona Lisa Saloy from Dillard University and actress Grace Zabriskie at 1 p.m.

· Tales of the Master: Conversation with Armistead Maupin, author of the Tales of the City series about San Francisco at 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 27:

· Johnny’s in the Basement: Writing the Subterranean starts off with a hat tip to Barry Hannah and promises to plumb writing about characters “who live in shadow and dream of light.” Features are Thomas Beller, Scott Blackwood and Amanda Boyden. 10:00 am

· Real Life Drama: Creating Compelling Non-Fiction with Patrica Brady, Richard Campanella, Freddi Williams Evans and Rowan Jacobsen. 11:30 am

· Or choose A Chat with Mr. Battiste featuring Harold Battiste, Jr. moderator Henry C. Lacey and supporting musical illustration (so the program says) by Jesse McBride. This is a tough choice.

· Readings from the Poetry and Fiction Contest winners and runner’s up is at 1 p.m.

· And of course, on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., the annual Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest Preliminaries with final judging at 5:30.

If I get a note from Dave Brinks or Megan Burns on what’s up at the Goldmine, I’ll stick it in here later but for now my plans are the Downtown Irish Parade, like any good Eirephile, flitting from bar to parade and back like Sweeney Astray.

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1. candice - March 19, 2011

The only reason I went to borders is that it was open late at night. If garden district or octavia or maple street were open until 9 or 10, I would shop at them much more. (McKeowns on tchoup by Hansens is open late-ish.)

That is the achilles heel of all local shopping to me, everything closes at 6 and doesn’t open early enough in the morning.

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2. mf - March 21, 2011

Went to the Metairie Borders because I had to go out to Causeway for Ink and spent $30 on half price books, and I know I’ll buy something while I’m at Octavia tomorrow night. Otherwise, I think I used it for about the same reason you did: hours. Going to mention that tomorrow night.

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