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Odd Words No. 138 August 23, 2012

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

Crikey. How could I have forgotten to post this last week? Just another sign that things here at the Fortress of Squalitude are spiraling out of control toward some revelation too terrible to comprehend, such as the floor of my son’s room.

Happy [Belated] Birthday Charles Bukowski.

The Laughing Heart

Against the Day Update: Page 442 (40%) and no signs yet of musculoskeletal damage to my hands or sudden changes in vision or cognition from extended use of a Kindle. And yes I will end up buying a hard copy from the first independent bookstore to pimp mention Odd Words on their web page.

& so to the listings:

& Tonight, Aug. 23rd Author Marie Bookman will be signing her Katrina-fueled book of poetry, Breach of My Heart, at Maple Street Book’s Healing Center location.

& On Saturday Aug. 25th at 1 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop Angus Woodward reads and signs Americanisation: Lessons in American Culture and Language. “Biti Namoeteri, an enterprising young man from South America’s Lichtenstein, comes to the US to get a graduate degree in Spiritual Geography, never expecting to become a multi-level marketer or to fall in love with a woman named Janet Broccoli. But he does just that, and then discovers that personal injury lawsuits can be the keys to both success and failure. Woodward’s narrative strategy is both accessible and experimental in this comic novel posing as a textbook.

& Saturday night, Aug. 25th at 6 p.m. historical fiction novelist Katherine Howe, author of the New York Times-bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, will be at Maple Street’s Uptown shop Saturday to read and sign her newest book, The House of Velvet and Glass. “Set in 1915 Boston, The House of Velvet and Glass is the story of a young woman poised on the cusp of a tumultuous new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball.

& Sunday at 3 p.m. is an open mic at the Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series. Give everyone my regards, as since I’ve started swapping my sons at five o’clock on Sunday I just haven’t been able to make it. Make sure somebody helps Nancy haul in the amplifier and mike stand.

& On Sunday evening at 7 p..mm. Spoken Word New Orleans presents Speak Easy Sundays Poetry at the Club Caribbean 2441 Bayou Road. Cover. Visit their website for updates on other spoken words and visiting artists all around town.

& Starting Monday, Aug. 28th, the Keller Library and Maple Street Books will sponsor a new, lunch-time book club. The selection for August is Richard Ford’s Canada. The dates for the first four months are: Aug. 28th, Sept. 25th, Oct. 23rd, and Nov. 27th.

& Susan Larson, the former book editor of the former Times-Picayune newspaper and member of the National Book Critics Circle hosts The Reading Life on WWNO (89.9 FM) on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. repeating Sundays at Noon. She features interviews with authors of local and national interest.

& On Tuesday, Aug. 29 the Healing Center location of Maple Street features Thomas Joseph Perez’ Katrina Lashes Arabia. “Katrina Owens is an American nurse working in a Riyadh hospital in Saudi Arabia. After six years in the desert kingdom, the outrageous Katrina now has had her fill of the dysfunctional Saudi society. Especially fed up with the oppression of women, she is itching to finish her contract so she can move on to a hospital job in more liberal Dubai. But on the same day that Hurricane Katrina hits her hometown of New Orleans, Katrina is harassed by a religious fanatic in a Riyadh bazaar. Katrina goes ballistic. To avoid arrest and imprisonment, Katrina takes refuge on the palace grounds of a powerful Saudi prince. As she settles in under his generous patronage, she realizes that he will secure for her an Exit visa only if she agrees to satisfy his needs… At the same time, she finds herself in the middle of palace intrigue involving biological weapons under development in the palace clinic. She has landed in the center of an international plot. The wily Katrina must elude her male oppressors as she outwits the tyrannical government that aims to imprison her . . . or worse.” If you’ve been waiting to go to the beach until Labor Day, this sounds like one for you.

Looking ahead:

& The 1718 Society’s fall poetry reading schedule has been announced: Sept. 4: Lee Barclay; Oct. 2: Andy Stallings; Nov. 6: Carolyn Hembree and Dec. 4: Benjamin Morris. The readings all take place at the Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue.

& The New Orleans Review’s Walker Percy Prize for short fiction is now accepting submissions through Dec. 12.

&On Sept. 13 David Lummis celebrates the long-awaited publication of The Last Beacour, Part Two of The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans. “Here is a guy who can paint accurately while he suffers—a talented bohemian, in other words. A worthy addition to your growing New Orleans shelf.” —Andrei Codrescu.



1. sara jacobelli - August 24, 2012

There is another book club that meets about once a month called the International Fiction Book Club. The next meeting is Sept.19, at Blue Cypress Books, 8126 Oak St, NOLA, 70118. The featured book is “Little America” by Henry Bromell. More info is to be found on my friend Isabel’s blog, Books and Other Stuff. http://booksandotherstuff.blogspot.com/


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