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Odd Words February 9, 2012

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

OK, here’s a quick listing as I’m just back from class and off to Tai Chi and perhaps onto 17 Poets! which is why I may end up moving Odd Words to Friday. Thursday it just getting too hectic.

& 17 Poets! kicks off its Spring season tonight with a reading by Bill Lavender from his new book of poems MEMORY WING. I had the pleasure of hearing excerpts at the Black Widow salon a couple of months back and recommend it highly. Goldmine Saloon, 7:30 pm Thursday March 9, followed by open mike hosted by the peripetatic poet passer by on Fortin Street Jimmy Ross.

& And every Friday the Red Star Gallery hosts its spoken word performance. The Gallery is on Bayou Road just off Broad. Doors at 9 p.m. and show at 10 p.m. Admission $5 with a college ID, $7 without.

& If you prefer your literature taken with the owner’s selection of jazz during the Jazz Happy Hour at the Love Lost Lounge (which is fantastic) you can instead check out the No Love Lost Poetry Reading at the self-same lounge also starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.

& Tomorrow night Maple Street Bookshop’s Bayou St. John location will feature John Barry, author of Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul, in the top floor of Fair Grinds (3122 Ponce de Leon). “For 400 years, two fault lines have both defined and divided America: the proper relationship between church and state and the freedom of the individual versus the power of the state. Both these fault lines first opened with the extraordinary thought and struggles of Roger Williams, who had an unparalleled understanding of the conflict between a government that justified itself by ‘reason of state,’ i.e., national security, and its perceived ‘will of God’ and the ‘ancient rights and liberties’ of individuals. In ROGER WILLIAMS AND THE CREATION OF THE AMERICAN SOUL: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty. Friday, Feb. 10, 6:00 P.M

& On Saturday, Feb. 11 Octavia Books host a special children’s book event for all ages. A WRINKLE IN TIME has been with us for 50 years! So we hope you will join us as we host a 50th anniversary party in honor of Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Award-winning novel. We’re celebrating with fun giveaways, surprises for all ages, readings from the book, and an exclusive simulcast of the special Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary event streamed in from Symphony Space in NYC with readings, performances and exciting guests including Newbery Medal winning authors Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me, and Lois Lowry, author of The Giver.

& I haven’t gotten a February listing for the Maple Leaf Poetry Series but I imagine something fascinating will be going on at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

& 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.

If I’ve missed you event, it is probably because you did not send it to odd.words.nola@gmail.com. And you can follow the Odd Words Facebook page for reminders on event day.

No more biology puns. I swear. My school week is done and I’d just assume leave it behind. Except that short paper I owe a professor Sunday night. And the two page proposal for my Chaucer paper I should be working on. And needed to keep up if not a bit ahead on the reading in two classes. Um. Yeah. Over. It’s going to be a long weekend, and I don’t mean three days.


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