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Odd Words June 30, 2012

Posted by The Typist in books, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
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at Odd times, but then I can tell you more than you ever want to know about the history of the Populist Movement and the People’s Party and the election of 1896 than you would ever want to know, and turned it in only a day late and didn’t get to make a single reference to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy has silver slippers and the wicked witch a golden cap. Stop. That. Now. And here I don’t get five points off for being late but I probably should have squeezed another hour out of the day yesterday as three of the book events this week are today. Yes its going to be 100º today but I’m old enough to remember at least the fading remnants of signs on places like movie theaters the read “Conditioned Air.” Do you really want to schlep across some ghasty errand’s hot blacktop or settle into a nice cool bookstore?

& Maple Street Book Shop’s Maple Street location will feature Patty Friedmann’s new novel No Takebacks. Otto Fisher has ADHD. He’s also adopted. At thirteen, he never has thought much about where he came from until his seventh-grade teacher asks her class to write about an ancestor. Each student must perform his piece in a school play. Otto’s adoptive mother, whom he adores, helps him write about one of her ancestors, who was in the Holocaust. Today, June 30th at 12 noon.

& Also today at the Garden District Book Shop features Ellie James Broken Illusions. It’s almost Mardi Gras, but for 16 year-old psychic Trinity Monsour this is no time for celebration. Another girl is missing. Tormented by visions she doesn’t understand;of an empty street lined by crumbling old buildings, a terrified voice warning her to be careful, and a body lying motionless in the grass, Trinity embarks upon a dark odyssey she could never have imagined. She’ll stop at nothing to better understand her abilities, convinced that doing so is the only way she can make sure the terrifying images she sees never actually happen. Saturday, June 30 at 1 p.mm.

& This and every Sunday Spoke Word New Orleans hosts Speak Easy Sundays Poetry at the Club Caribbean 2441 Bayou Road at 7 p.m. Cover. Visit their website for updates on other spoken words and visiting artists all around town.

& This week at the Black Widow Salon is singer/songwriter/native son Paul Sanchez. Paul will discuss adapting Dan Baum’s book “Nine Lives” as a musical (http://www.offbeat.com/2011/02/01/nine-lives-a-chorus-second-line/) as well as the craft of songwriting. You’ve heard Paul’s songs even if you don’t realize it, as he’s written and co-written with Irma Thomas, John Boutte, Shamarr Allen, and many others. More about Paul at http://www.paulsanchez.com Upstairs at Crescent City Books @ 230 Chartres St. Monday, July 2 at 7 p.m. Seating is limited to go early.

& After the salon you can head over to the amphitheater steps on Decatur Street across from Jackson Square for the weekly Writer’s Block reading. No mic, no list, sometimes cookies and a great time. Performers of all sorts welcome. Every Monday at 9 p.m.

& The second annual Bayou Soul Writers and Readers Conference is a home-grown literary festival that runs Essence Week. You can check them out here. There will be a Women Writer’s Awards Luncheon iIn Honor of Zora Neale Hurston anc z Our Distinguished Gentlemen of Literature Awards Breakfast in Honor of James Baldwin. Featured appearances include: Omar Tyree, Victoria Christopher Murray, Mary Monroe, Julie Kane, RM Johnson, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Keith Boykins, Kiki Swinson, Pamela Davis-Noland, James Earl Hardy , Ronlyn Dominigue, Jed Horne , Yvette Hayward,Troy Johnson, Nicole Porche, Jumata Emill Jones, M.W. Moore, Pamela Davis Noland, Victor LaValle, Karen E. Quinones Miller, Naleighna Kai, Tamika Newhouse, Victor McGlothin, Regina Brooks, LaTosha Johnson, Walter “Trifelon” Johnson, Ashley Hebert, Avery Washington, Monique Mensah, Allison Hobbs, Dr. Maxine Thompson, Ronald M. Gauthier, Lee Hayes, J. L. Woodson, Trevor Baldwin, Pamela P. Reed, Francis Ray, Renee Daniel Flagler, Tiffany L Warren, Sadeqa Johnson, TaNisha Webb, and Victoria Turner. July 5th and 6th at the New Orleans Public Library and the Downtown Holiday Inn. More details here. July 5th and 6th.

& The Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series is taking it’s annual July 4th break and 17 Poets! is done until September. So go listen to Allen Ginsberg read America with music by Tom Waits.

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