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Red Stick Lit Fest Marathon October 28, 2011

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

Odd Words is off to Baton Rouge for the return of the Louisiana Book Festival, on tenuous credentials from NolaVie.com, for a full program of telegraphic dispatches by smart phone to the blog for cleaning up later before I feed them into the Mojo Wire for NolaVie and NOLA.com. I suggested in this week’s Odd Words there were too many great events to list and suggested your check the schedule, here’s just a taste of what’s out there taken from my own Mondrian-mad color coded Google calender of what I have to chose from:

& The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Poets from Across the State: Amy Fleury, Thomas Parrie, Jennifer Reeser and Mona Lisa Saloy with Julie Kane, House Committee Room 1, 9-9:45 am.

& Louisiana Writer Award Ceremony Honoring James Wilcox with Jay Dardenne and Rebecca Hamilton (Hmmm, bad flash backs to my days as a Capitol Hill press flackl just to make sure I don’t compulsively stalk up to Dardenne and insist he empty his pockets and for god’s sake pull his jacket down and straighten his tie skip this and try to corner Wilcox for five minutes at the Author’s Party and write up the Blount interview instead).

& Waterlines: Louisiana Poets on Katrina featuring Vincent Cellucci, Kelly Harris, Laura Mullen,
Alison Pellegrin and Brad Richard, Capital View Room/La. State Library, 10-11 am.

& A Writer’s Journey Home featuring Mark Richard with Cara Blue Adams and Jessica Faust, 11 – 11:45 am, House Chamber. If you know my own story of Wet Bank Guide and Carry Me Home, of course this is on the list.

& Fiction after the Deluge: Two Post-Katrina Novels featuring Rosalyn Story and Laura Ellen Scott, Capital View Room, 11:15 am-12:15 pm.

& Between Song and Story: A Conversation about New Forms of the Essay, House Committee Room 2, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm. I’m not entirely pleased to have to chose between this and the last two, and that’s just one example o the hard editorial choices to be made here.

& Commandeer a passing festival golf cart, madly waving my press credential like Hunter S. Thompson trying to flag a bartender, for a Mr.Toad’s wild ride from the Capital back to the Library in time for …

& James Wilcox’s interview by Roy Blount, Jr., House Committee Room 1, 12:15 – 1 pm. Somebody for bog’s sake save a seat for a member of the Working Press.

& Roy Blount, Jr. discussing Alphabetter Juice, Senate Chamber, 1:15-2:15 pm.

& From One Poet Laureate to Another featuring Darrell Bourque and Julie Kane,Capitol View Room, 2-2:30 pm. I probably have to skip this but I’ll see our charming laureate’s Friday night and at other events.

& Andre Dubus II: Honoring the Writer, Remembering the Man featuring his son and noted author in hiw own right Andre Dubus III and Kathryn Dubus with Katherine Krotzer Laborde, House Chamber, 2:15-3 pm.

& Maxine Cassin – A Tribute to the poet and publisher of note featuring Dan Cassin, Gina Ferrara, John P. Travis and Laurie A. Williams. A can’t miss for anyone interested in poetry. Must remember to give John some ink on his new book. Capitol View Room 3:30-4:30 pm

& Unfortunately scheduled at the same time, I’ll have to miss both Robert Olen Butler reading and discussing his latest, A Small Hotel, House Committee Room 1, 3:15-4 pm. and James Nolan’s A Romp through the Ruins: The Comic Noir Novel Higher Ground, Senate Chamber, same time. I don’t think I can miss the Cassin tribute, and I’ll have to skip these two stand out NOLA novelist events.

& Speaking of Books with S. L. Alexander, Fred Kasten, Susan Larson and Ted O’Brien. House Committee Room 5, 4-5 pm. Stop by after the Cassin tribute and corner Kasten to enlist his aid in the Everette Maddox Wikipedia Page Project. I’ll need to commander another golf cart to make this.

& Retire to the bar at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center to frantically transcribe portions of my notes from my custom cuneiform shorthand while I can still read them, and corner any other likely suspects for a quick quote or two. Try to finagle my way into watching the LSU game at Roy Blount’s table. Phone mumbled excuses home to New Orleans for why I won’t be where I promised I would be that night. 5 pm until…

And these are just the events I want to try and cover, only a small fraction of what’s offered Saturday. I may have to reconsider the kind offer of a press escort, if only to send some blushing flower of LSU’s Greek garden off with my digital recorder to try and cross cover a few of these, and to keep me supplied with coffee at all times to make it through a day like this.

I am tempted to stay in Red Stick to watch the Clash of the Titans, or whatever the sporting press is calling the LSU-‘Bama game, from the very belly of the beast but I don’t think I’d make it back to NOLA in one piece after a day like this followed by a night in a sports bar reliving the days of my misspent youth living in Stadium North.

P.s. I’ve decided rumpled is a good look for an aspiring minor poet and provincial diarist, so the hell with ironing my slacks for tonight. I’m off to finish my reread of Wilcox’s Modern Baptists before I hit the road. See you at the Festival, I hope.



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