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Odd Words January 26, 2012

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

&Lacking any clever lead in this week: 17 Poets! returns in Feburary, and here is the lineup for the spring:

  • February 9: Bill Lavender signs and reads from his new book Memory Wing (Black Widow Press, 2011)
  • February 16th: Musical and Performance tribute for flautist and New Orleans music historian Eluard Burt celebrating his life and continued legacy with performances and readings by Kichea Burt, Lee Grue, Dave Brinks, Felice Guimont, Eric Burt, and more.
  • February 23: John Sinclair performs with his Blues Scholars, Performance by Albany poets Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte
  • March 1: Poet Rodger Kamenetz
  • March 8: Poets Arturo Pfister and Valentine Pierce
  • March 15th: NYC Poet Bill Zavatsky and Poet Dr. Jerry Ward, Jr.
  • March 22: TBA
  • March 29: Fiction Writer Moira Crone reads and signs her new book from UNO Press, The Not Yet
  • April 5: Jazz Beat poet Ruth Weiss
  • April 12: Bruce Andrews
  • April 19th: Baton Rouge Poet Chris Shipman reads and signs his new book
  • April 26: Maxine Cassin Tribute

& On Thursday, Jan. 26 Octavia Books will host Ellen Weiss – ROBERT R. TAYLOR AND TUSKEGEE: An African American Architect Designs for Booker T. Washington. Architectural Historian Weiss interweaves the life of the first academically trained African American architect with his life’s work—the campus of Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute.

& SIFT—which stands for “Sequence, Image, Form, Text—–is an organization rooted in the intersection of book arts and fine arts, of image and text. Book arts have traditionally been marginalized in both the publishing and art worlds. . SIFT’s inaugural event, “Bound in Japan,” will take place at the Antenna Gallery on January 26 from 6 – 8 p.m. Part of the Antenna Gallery’s Happy Hour Salon series, “Bound in Japan” is a presentation by artist Thien-Kieu Lam, a Louisiana native who lived in Japan for many years.

& Friday nights the No Love Lost Poetry Reading continues at the Love Lost Lounge, starting at 5:30 p.m. during the bar’s jazz happy hour hosted by Joseph Bienvenue.

& Also on Friday the Red Star Gallery hosts its weekly spoken word event. Doors at 9, admission $5 with a college ID, $7 without.

& Sunday, Jan. 30 is an open mike at the Maple Leaf Poetry Series, in the back patio (weather permitting) at 3ish.

& On Monday, Jan 30. Octavia features Nevada Barr and the fifth book in her series on park ranger Anna Pigeon, THE ROPE. Pigeon has crossed America facing down the vicious predators, animal and human, that haunt the country’s wild places in what sounds from the announcement rather like Tony Hillerman, one of the few mystery writers I have gotten around to reading. (So many books, so little time).

& Also on Monday The Writer’s Block meets on the steps of the amphitheater across from Jackson Square open to all writers and performers in any art. Once I get my Chaucerian pronunciation down, I’ll be there juggle chain saws and reciting. OK, maybe not juggling. Maybe I could manage to stand on one foot. For a while.

& On Tuesday, Jan. 30 River Writers presents poets DAVE BRINKS and MEGAN BURNS of 17 Poets! at 8pm on Tuesday January 31st at Boudreaux and Thibodeaux’s downtown Baton Rouge. Poetry, children, it’s just an hour away, it’s just an hour away…

& On Wednesday, Feb. 1 Octavia books presents New York Times bestseller Joshilyn Jackson’s and her new novel A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY, a generational women’s saga.

Garden District Books and Maple Street books don’t kick off their featured author spring season for a few weeks yet.



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