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Odd Words November 25, 2011

Posted by The Typist in books, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, novel, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
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Yes, the column is late but I figured our regular readers were also off in tryptophan coma yesterday so I though it could wait, as there were no events on Thanksgiving Day. All I can say is my sister makes an oyster dressing that is best accompanied by ambrosia at the table of the gods, and is as dangerous as heroin. One taste and you’re going back for a third helping that you well know you will regret later but nothing is going to stop you.

If you are not a Black Friday shopper (and I understand the attraction of an event that combines the excitement of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona with a panicked crowd scene from Godzilla), but you still feel the impulse to get a leg up on your holiday shopping why not visit your favorite local indie bookstore? If you are reading Odd Words you probably don’t have need list but I get any number of people reading this blog coming from all sorts of Google searches (you can find the Doobie Brothers here), and if you are in New Orleans and don’t have a favorite, here’s list to start from:

  • Octavia Books 513 Octavia St
  • Maple Street Book Shop 7523 Maple St.and 2372 St. Claude Ave.
  • Garden District Book Shop 2727 Prytania St. (at The Rink)
  • Crescent City Books, 230 Chartres St.
  • Faubourg Marigny Art & Books 600 Frenchman St. (gay and local interest titles)
  • Beth’s Books 2700 Chartres St.
  • Blue Cypress Books 8126 Oak Street<
  • McKoewn’s Books & Difficult Music, 737 Tchoupitoulas Street
  • Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Road

I spent part of this week recovering from Words & Music followed by my stint as a Fringe Fest reviewer, but I also found time (often frantically chitlicting away on my tiny phone keyboard) to have a fascinating conversation, mostly with the erudite manager of Crescent City Books Michael Zell, on the state of the American poetry audience (mostly poets), wondering how it might achieve even the small but loyal audience jazz still commands in this country. You can check it out and add your own thoughts here.

& so to the listings.

& Downtown 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 Jazz Happy Hourand 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.

& Once you have recovered from Thursday’s turkey orgy, on Saturday Octavia Books will host a special afternoon presentation and book signing with James Beard Award-winning food writer Ellen Sweets featuring STIRRING IT UP WITH MOLLY IVINS: A Memoir with Recipes. Ivins, it turns out, was an accomplished cook who traveled to France to improve her skills, so I’m expecting Veal Cordon Blue instead of chicken fried steak but I can go either way.

& On Sunday the long-running Maple Leaf Poetry Series will feature Poet Martha Mcferren reads from and signs her new book from Pinyon Press, Archeology at Midnight.

& And of course this and every Monday Kate Smash will lead everyone in a rousing chorus of “Mercedes-Benz” after the Writer’s Block reading/performance event on the amphitheater steps across from Jackson Square. 9 .m. No list, no mic, all performers welcome. If your nickname is Harpo and you want to drag that damn thing down Decatur Street, bring it.

& On Wednesday, Octavia will present James P. Farwell featuring his new book, The Pakistan Cauldron: Conspiracy, Assassination & Instability, a look into the troubled society that has become a lynchpin alley in our sad adventures in the east, the powers that be having never apparently seen The Princess Bride much less studied 200 years of history.

& on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Valentine Pierce and Benjamin Morris will be giving a poetry reading at the Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St Charles. Valentine has a wonderful new pamphlet out, premiered at the Fringe Festival this past week, and Benjamin will be reading new work from his time recently spent in the woods. If you’re not into the poetry, there’s wine, and if you’re not into that, the library has hamsters you can play with. Or guinea pigs. Ben forgets which. In any case, they’re small and furry, and fun

& On Thursday, the 17 Poets! reading series at the Goldmine Saloon will present Poets Kelly Harris and Andrea Boll. Harris’s poems have appeared in: Say It Loud: Poems for James Brown, Yale University’s Caduceus, PLUCK Magazine, Reverie Journal, Poets for Living Water, and The Southern Women’s Review — just to name a few. Boll is the author the novel The Parade Goes On Without You (NolaFugees Press, 2009) as well as short stories, non fiction, and poetry.

& Just around the corner a week from Saturday Dec. 3 Garden District Books will have Shaquille O’Neal promoting his new book Shaq Uncut: My Story center court(um, in the Atrium, I mean). This one is bound to be crowded, so if you want a court-side seat you probably best get there early.

& Also on Dec. 3 Dirty Coast, better known for their clever New Orleans t-shirts, will be kicking off their new Dirty Coast Press with the release of two books, Y’all’s Problem,” and “New Orleans: the Underground Guide,” is at the new Dirty Coast store, 329 Julia St., as part of the Julia Street Art Walk.

And since we all just finished our best imitation of Porky the Pig at yesterday’s groaning board, we’ll end with a Th-Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks!

Odd Words in New Orleans longest-running on line listing of literary events in the city. To add your event to this list, email odd.words.nola@gmail.com

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