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Odd Words December 15, 2011

Posted by The Typist in books, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
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I was a bit tardy in getting up the podcast from last week’s 17 Poets! but it’s up there as of this morning. If you haven’t noticed that Podcast page, it includes performances from local readings, and panels of literary events including the Louisiana Book Festival and the Faulkner Society Words & Music Festival. The Roy Blount interview of novelist James Wilcox is flat out hilarious which won’t surprise fans of the radio show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell me. Just click on the Podcasts tab at the top of the page.

& 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series closes out its Fall seasons with Black Widow Press authors’ readings with poet, film maker, novelist and translator Julian Semilian and musician, vocalist and translator Laura Semilian followed by Open Mic hosted by the man Roy Blount Jr. hopes to be when he grows up, Jimmy Ross. Semilian is the foremost translator of avant garde Romanian literature. If that description makes your blue stockings run it shouldn’t. It is truly fascinating work and the Semillians are charming performers and, as host Dave Brinks would put it, “fantastic human beings.” Thursday Dec 15 at 7:30 p.m.

& On Saturday Octavia Books presents New Orleans architect, painter, professor Errol Barron in celebrating the release of his fabulous new book, NEW ORLEANS OBSERVED: Drawings and Observations of America’s Most Foreign City.Barron uses drawings and written observations to reflect on the physical nature of New Orleans and how it may offer alternatives to urban design as found in so many American cities Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

& Start the holiday’s off right by starting to put on a few extra pounds when Mitchell Rosenthall and Jon Pult discuss and sign their book, Cooking My Way Back Home at Garden District Books. Rosenthal delivers the same warmth, personality, and infectious enthusiasm for sharing food as can be found at his wildly popular San Francisco restaurants, Town Hall, Anchor and Hope, and Salt House, where he blends Southern-inspired comfort food with urban sophistication and innovation, for exciting results. The book includes the classics (Shrimp etouffee), updating regional specialties (Poutine), elevating family favorites (Chopped Liver), and reveling in no-holds-barred, all-out indulgences (Butterscotch Chocolate Pot de Creme).

& Also starting this evening two Maple Street Book Shop locations are all about starting you out on those extra holiday pounds. first, local culture mavens Peggy Scott Laborde and Tom Fitzmorris will be at our Maple Leaf Book’s Healing Center location on to chat about Lost Restaurants of New Orleans.Thursday, Dec.15, 6:30-8:00 pm. At the Uptown location John Besh makes a case for the comforts of home and hearth in My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking on Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:00 P.M. Laborde and Fitzmorris will also visit the Bayou St. John location Tuesday, Dec. 20 6:30-8:00 P.M

& Every Friday at the Red Star Gallery Spoken Word New Orleans offers Acoustic Fridays at 9 p.m. $5 with college i.d./$7 without. Friday, Dec. 18, doors at 9 p.m.

& On Saturday award-winning author/storyteller Dianne de Las Casas and illustrator Holly Stone-Barker for a cookies & cocoa pajama party, shadow puppet show and book signing featuring their latest children’s picture book. Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. Think of an Aztec Prometheus gifting chocolate to mortals. This sounds like the sort of book that makes me look forward to grandchildren. Recommened for ages 4-8. Saturday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m.

& Saturday and Sunday are your last chances to catch The NOLA Project production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet inside the museum’s Great Hall. Shows will be on Dec.17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.

& On Sunday the Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series features readings by contributors to the short fiction anthology, Something in the Water, Portal Press, ed. by John Travis. Sunday, Dec. 18 3 p.m.

& On Monday, join local poets and performers for the weekly Writers Block on the steps across from Jackson Square on Decatur Street. Monday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.

& Also on Monday is the monthly meeting of the New Orleans Haiku Society at the Latter Memorial Library. Monday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.

If this sounds like a quiet week, consider that it’s the holidays and guest authors are probably not much interested in traveling, but it is that time of year to think about visiting your local, indie bookseller to get in that last minute Xmas shopping.

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