Odd Words October 27, 2011Posted by The Typist in books, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, novel, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
This weekend’s big event isn’t in New Orleans but in Baton Rouge: The Louisiana Book Festival. Tomorrow there are workshops and an author’s reception honoring the participants, and Saturday is chock-a-block with panels, readings, discussions and more overlapping and wonderful events than a person can possibly deal with.
The featured authors list is too long to reproduce here, but includes this year’s Louisiana Writer’s Award winner James Wilcox along with a long list of New Orleans notables: Robert Olin Butler, James Nolan, Jason Berry, John Clark, Bill Loehfelm, Susan Larson, Barb Johnson, Julie Smith: hell, I’m getting dizzy scanning up and down the list.
Notable events will be an interview of James Wilcox by Roy Blount, Jr., a tribute to poet and publisher Maxine Cassin, a screening of Walker Percy: A Documentary Film, a remembrance of Louisiana native Andre Dubus II featuring his son and author Andre Dubus III and too much to even try to list. You can check the schedule here
If you can’t make it in person, look for writes ups of as many events as one human being can cover, here and on NolaVie.com.
& Until then, tonight’s 17 Poets! celebrates one of France’s most wildy nefarious, both loved and loathed, figures in 20th century poetry—BENJAMIN PERET. The Big Game/Le grand jeu (Premier Book Release Party/Black Widow Press 2011) by Peret is translated by MARILYN KALLET who will be on hand to commemorate the occasion. Also reading is visiting guest NYC poet LEWIS WARSH, co-publisher of UNITED ARTIST BOOKS, who will be reading from his latest works. Doors at 7 with a reception and reading at 8 pm
& Octavia Books tonight features a reading & signing with children’s author Ed Shankman & illustrator Dave O’Neill celebrating their new book, THE BOURBON STREET BAND IS BACK. at 4 p.m. Drummer Bobcat Bob leads a hot band of multi-cultural musicians, featuring a gator on bass, a finger-snapping frog, and a horn section made up of raccoons, a crayfish, and some loons. I used to love getting books like this for my kids when we were in exile.
& Maple Street Books flagship store uptown welcomes Luis Alberto Urrea at 6 P.M., to entrance us with his storytelling. He is one of the finest storytellers writing today. Although Luis’s newest book, Queen of America, will not be out until later this year (Queen of America is, by the way, a magnificent read!), Luis will share and discuss this sequel to The Hummingbird’s Daughter.
& if you misssed Mark Yakich, athor of A Meaning for Wife and Laura Ellen Scott, author of Death Wishing at Garden District Books last night you can catch them at 7 pm reading at Antenna Gallery. The first is the tale of a widowed father of a toddler confronting the past during a visit to his parents for a 20th high school reunion, and Death Wishing gives us a world in which dying wishes come true.
& Early Friday night at the Love Lost Lounge, the No Love Lost Poetry Reading hosted by Joseph Bienvenu kicks of at 5:30 p.m., just in time for the bar’s happy hour and opening time for the excellent Vietnamese kitchen in the back.
& Later Friday New Orleans premiere spoken word event Acoustic Fridays the Red Star Gallery, 2513 Bayou Road, hosted every week by Charlie V-Uptowns Illest MC. $7 cover, $5 with college ID
& V.M.K. Fewings’s A Vampire’s Dominion will be featured at Garden District Books Saturday at 1-3 p.m.
& And while you’re out on Saturday errands, if you missed Tuesday’s broadcast of Susan Larson’s the reading life you can catch the rebroadcast on Saturday at 12:30 pm
& Sunday at the Maple Leaf Bar is a double bill: poet Juliet reads from her work and poet Laura Mattingly read from her work.
& On Mondays at 9 p.m., Kate Smash hosts The Writer Block, an open reading on the amphitheater steps across from Jackson Square.
& On Tuesday, John Besh will be at Garden District Books with My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
& Tuesday’s at midnight (or does that make it Wednesday?) VASO Ultra Loung hosts a weekly spoken word event Poets Corner & Open Mic hosted by Smut the Poet, with The Letter 10 Band
& On Thursday, Nov. 3 James Nolan will be at Garden District to read and sign Higher Ground, a comic noir novel that begins five months after a hurricane has devastated New Orleans. This award-winning novel is a darkly satiric romp through a city fighting for its life.
Next weekend will be just as hectic, with Ladyfest, the NOLA Bookfair, Words & Music other events I’ll get to later in the week but frankly the coming month is a feast of words.