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Odd Words July 14, 2011

Posted by The Typist in books, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
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Another sort of quiet mid-summer week. I am trying to plow through my book pile but keep adding to it at the same time. The latest edition was read quickly and will be read again, local author Lee Grue’s new book of poetry Downtown. Its a book everyone who loves New Orleans should read; not a difficult book of the sort that makes confirmed genre readers turn up their nose at poetry. Rather it is like a long evening of stories on the porch with a book of old pictures, remembrances of place and people known, each as graceful and colorful as the pictures you pass on the wall on the way to the kitchen for more ice. Lee Grue is adoyen of the New Orleans literary scene, and will one of the first author interviews on Toulouse Street I promised in the spring. . Her book is highly recommended, and available from Trembling Pillow Press and at your better local bookstores.

&I don’t normally do Southern Gothic Mystery but this is the sort of opening sentence that sinks its hook into you: “The way it floats in the water so serenely in the moonlight and the sunlight you would have thought it was meant to be there. Pure and unyielding and as solid as silk. She floats there, a mystery as deep as the moon and the mind of God. What does it mean? A pregnant girl floating in the city’s drinking water?” John Milliken Thompson will read from and sign his first novel THE RESERVOIR Tuesday, July 19th at Octavia Books.

& On Saturday, July 23rd, the Louisiana Creole Research Association will host “Two Centuries of Writing: The Literature of the Creole Community of Color in New Orleans.” The event is open to the public and begins at 4:00pm. Three of La Creole’s member-scholars will present research on selected written works by New Orleans’ Creoles of color from the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Pierre-Aristide Desdunes: Civil War Soldier, Romantic Literary Artist & Civil Rights Activist, Caryn Cossé Bell The Journals of the Société d’Économie, Fatima Shaik, Notre Histoire et Nos Historiens: Rodolphe-Lucien Desdunes, His Work, and His Successors, Jari C. Honora. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://www.lacreole.org. The LHC is located at 938 Lafayette Street, on the corner of O’Keefe in the CBD. Saturday, July 23 at the Louisiana Humanities Center.

& I think Amy Loewy and I finally straightened out what was up with the Garden District Books calendar. On There’s nothing booked right now until July 25 but August already promises Times Picayune music writer Keith Spera’s new book on New Orleans music and Katrina GROOVE INTERRUPTED, Tom Piazza’s new novel DEVIL SENT THE RAIN with Robert Olen Butler’s new book in September. Be sure to check the scrolling Events Listing on the right hand side of their web page.

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