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Odd Words May 23, 2013

Posted by The Typist in books, literature, New Orleans, novel, Odd Words, Poetry, publishing, Toulouse Street.
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This weekend is the annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival of GLBT lit. Odd Words won’t be going in person for the same reason I won’t offer a list of highlight, because I don’t know much about GLBT lit and who’s who in that world, but the Fest website calls out Dorothy Allison, Ellen Hart, Andrew Holleran, Ayana Mathis, Val McDermid, Felice Picano, and Justin Torres among the highlights. New Orleans own Brad Richard will be on the poetry panel INTRO TO BODYBUILDING, which features four poets discussing how their bodily experiences have informed their craft. I welcome any readers who want to submit a panel write up. Just contact me first to make sure someone else isn’t already sending something in on that speaker or panel. You can get all the festival details and pick your own highlights here at sasfest.org.

Some local publishing news: Lavender Ink Press has just released a spate of books that includes a collection of stories by Jimmy Ross, who has been a fixture on the local literary scene since the Navy accidentally sent him here as punishment, a novel by the amazing story teller Jonathan Kline and a new book of poems by Naropa-graduate and co-founder of 17 Poets! Megan Burns. You can see all of Lavendar’s titles on their website.

One last bit of news before we get to the listings: New Yorker Mark LaFluer, better known to many New Orleanians as the activist behind Levees Not War, received two starred reviews–in Publisher’s Weekly and The Kirkus Review, for his new novel Elysian Fields. If you had any lingering questions about the entire argument about boutique/self/cooperative publishing (or pick you own favorite term for it), this shows that quality work can still make it without a Big House.

& so to the listings, which are a bit thin with Saints & Sinner running this weekend.

& 17 POETS! Literary & Performance Series features poet, playwright & satirist JIMMY ROSS who will give a book signing and reading of his new book So What?! (Lavender Ink 2013). Also on this program, poet / spoken word artist Jonathan Brown gives a special performance. Open Mic follows the featured program, emceed by Jimmy Ross.

John Lacarbiere hosts a new weekly spoken word event Word Connections @ Juju Cafe, 5363 Franklin Avenue. starting at 5 p.m. Lacabriere is the man behind the events Word Connections, Sex Vs. Love, Venus Vs. Mars, For The Love of Poetry, Roof Top Conversations, Poetry on the Beach and promises “a weekly fix of good times with people you know and soon will know, words being shared, great food being served, drinks and laughter all night with the amazing ambiance.”

& Young Adult novelist Claudia Gray visits Octavia Books at 6 p.m with her brand new story, SPELLCASTER. Descended from witches, high school senior Nadia can tell as soon as her family moves to Captive’s Sound that the town is under a dark and powerful spell. Then she meets Mateo, the teenage local whose cursed dreams predict the future, and they must work together to prevent an impending disaster that threatens the entire town.

& Also tonight, Maple Street Book Shop’s Uptown mothership hosts Charles Finch signing the latest book in his Charles Lenox mystery series, A Death in the Small Hours,at 6 p.m.. Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including The Fleet Street Murders, The September Society, A Stranger in Mayfair, and A Burial at Sea. His first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. He lives in Oxford, England.

& Saturday at Maple Street Books Uptown Story Time with Miss Maureen will feature The Chicken Sisters by Laura Numerof.

& 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.

& All of the regional libraries will be closed Monday for Memorial Day.

& 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.

& Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. the Barnes & Noble West Bank hosts Westbank Writers’ Group. Every is welcome, from novices to serious authors. Join us for inspiration, friendly critiques, or just to connect with other local writers.

& Coming up in June the Louisiana Humanities Center will host “Tuesdays with Earl,” a five-week lunchtime reading series. Participants are invited to bring their lunches for a scholar-led conversation about Earl of Louisiana, the 1961 book by legendary author A.J. Liebling. The one-hour sessions will take place every Tuesday at noon, from June 18 through July 16 at the Louisiana Humanities Center at 938 Lafayette Street. Enrollment is free but limited to 40 people. To sign up, email boyles@leh.org.

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