Odd Words March 21, 2013Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.
& The Tennessee Williams Festival kicks into high gear today, March 21 through Sunday, March 24, and includes master classes by notable writers, panels discussions on all things literary including Tennessee Williams, theater and music performances, and of course the annual Stella hollering contest. Panels will include highlights comprise more than two dozen literary panel discussions on a wide range of topics including Creole Women; Free People of Color; the South: Exile, Refuge and Return; New Orleans in the 1920s; courage in journalism; and reading in the digital age, along with the 18th Annual Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, celebrity readings of three TW one-acts and several Williams-related panels including “I Remember Tennessee.” You can get all the details at www.tennesseewilliams.net. And watch ToulouseStreet.net and follow @odd_words for event write ups and flash updates and more all during the event.
& Tonight at 17 Poets! Rodger Kamenetz and JS Makkos read from their work followed by the open mic. Kamenetz is an award-winning poet, author and teacher. Kamenetz’s five books of poetry include The Lowercase Jew. He has been called “the most formidable of the Jewish-American poets.” Joseph s. Makkos as a poet primarily focuses on visual & performance work. He is author of When She Goes Down (Hobby Horse, 2010) and a book length collection of visual work, Paper Trumpet (Lavender Ink, forthcoming). J.S. is an art book designer and publisher (Language Foundry), whose projects heavily focus on outré media.
& Also Thursday night it is time for another Poetry Brothel at the Allways Lounge at 9 p.m. $10 cover. “Seeking absolution? Or just absinthe? Trade your sackcloth and ashes for a corset and cocktail at The New Orleans Poetry Brothel. Your Maître d’, Francis Shadfly (Jordan Soyka), and Madam Pearl du Mal (Izzy Oneiric), are hosting an evening of perverse poesy and decadent diversion. Purchase a private reading from one of our poetry whores, and listen as they confess, profess, and digress. Perform penance with our lapsed priest (one couplet per venial sin). And take in depraved performances from our coterie of acrobats, buskers, and burlesque dancers.”
& Tonight also offers another chance to catch Sarah Carr signing Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children Thursday, March 21st at 6:30PM at the Maple Street Book Shop Healing Center location. In this powerful narrative non-fiction debut, the lives of a student, a new teacher, and a principal in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina provide readers with a vivid and sobering portrait of education in 21st-century America.
& Also on Thursday join “quirky author and composer” Michael Hearst at Octavia Books at 6 pm to present and sign his recent book, UNUSUAL CREATURES: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth’s Strangest Animals, and companion CD, Songs for Unusual Creatures. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tardigrade. And in case learning about hagfish slime isn’t enough to pique your interest, Hearst will also perform a few songs inspired by the animals on such odd-ball instruments as the theremin and the stylophone
& Friday at 6 p.m. the Maple Street flagship shop hosts Susan Puckett signing her book, Eat Drink Delta: a Hungry Traveler’s Journey Through the Soul of the South (as featured in Saveur magazine) at 6PM. Part travel guide, part cookbook, and part photo essay, Eat Drink Delta by veteran food journalist Susan Puckett (with photographs by Delta resident Langdon Clay) reveals a region shaped by slavery, civil rights, amazing wealth, abject deprivation, the Civil War, a flood of biblical proportions, an—above all—an overarching urge to get down and party with a full table and an open bar.
& The Melanated Writers Collective will host a Literary Jook Joint in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams Festival Friday at 8 p.m. at the M. Francis Gallery, 604 Julia St. Admission is $15. Among the members reading are Kelly Harris DeBerry, Dr. G. Love, Maurice Ruffin, Gian Smith and Mary Webb.
& Miss Maureen has Saturday morning off at Maple Street Books Shop but at 11 a.m. children’s author Katy Kelly will be signing her Melonhead and Lucy Rose series at the Uptown location. Lucy Rose and Adam “Melonhead” Melon are adventuresome neighbors growing up in Washington D.C. They’ve each got their own set of stories, and they’re both sure to make you laugh! Please join us for the signing. In lieu of the usual activities there’ll be juice and cookies for the hiding in the stacks set so they don’t riot like a bunch of Who fans stomping their feet and chanting “Miss Maureen! Miss Maureen!”
& Saturday at Octavia books bring your young readers at 1:30 pm for the release party for THE LITTLE “READ” HEN with favorite children’s picture books author Dianne de Las Cassas and illustrator Holly Stone-Barker. It is a fun literary spin on a beloved folktale that is perfect for aspiring young writers interested in learning how their own fledgling ideascan hatch into a polished story.
& This Sunday’s reading at the Maple Leaf Poetry Series is Open Mic at 3:30 pm in the rear courtyard.
& The new Sunday show from Spoken Word New Orleans is Poetry and Paint Brushes. Spoken Word artists perform as a resident artists paints the crowd and performers. At 6 p.m. at Special Tea, 4337 Banks Street. No longer at the Bayou Road location.
& On the second, fourth, and fifth Sunday of each month, Jenna Mae hosts poets and spoken-word readers at 8:00 p.m. at the Fair Grinds Coffee House on 3133 Ponce de Leon St.
& 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. She features interviews with authors of local and national interest.
& Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at Octavia books join professional photographer and wanderer, Theron Humphrey and Maddie the coonhound, known for their wildly popular Instagram and Tumblr, come to Octavia Books for a presentation and signing featuring their debut book, MADDIE ON THINGS. In 2011 Theron Humphrey examined his life and, like many people, felt he wasn’t living up to his personal and creative potential. He decided to take a trip across America to meet, photograph and tell the story of one person each day. For company, he brought along his sweet-natured rescue Coonhound, Maddie. “I figured if Steinbeck had Charley by his side on his American travels, I needed a good dog next to me in my truck,” he said.