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Odd Words : Abridged and Abbreviated October 27, 2011

Posted by The Typist in New Orleans, NOLA, Odd Words, Toulouse Street.

This week’s Odd Words will be delayed until later today due to technical difficulties involving an alarm clock, Jameson’s, Patron and the hour I left my current co-workers–soon to be references–at the Old Absinthe House.

& 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.

Mor 2 kum as we once intentionally wrote to let the guys in layout know 1) there was more to come and 2) do not put that in the paper.



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