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Odd Words August 29, 2013

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& Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. the Juju Bag Cafe, 5363 Franklin Ave., presents a Spoken Word Showcase, with happy hour from 5-7 and open mic starting at 7:30 p.m. Check whodatpoets.com for featured performers.

& Saturdays Maple Street Bookshop hosts Story Time with Miss Maureen at 11:30 a.m.

& Saturday night St. Louis National Slam Champion, Louis Konfliction, is the August feature for The Propeller. 4035 Washington Ave in New Orleans. Doors open 8:30 and the Show starts at 9pm. It’s a load of fun every month as the city’s best Poets, Comedians, and Singers rock Louisiana’s Largest Open Mic Venue. The event is hosted by Hero44, Shaddy Feel Good, and John Lacarbiere III. This month the three will also salute TEAM SNO for winning the National Slam two years in a row, Erika Murray for winning the NPS National Author of the Year, and Shaddy Feel Good for making the Final 4 of the Miller Lite National Comedy Competition. It will be an awesome show. Tickets are $12 in ADV and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here: http://propellerstage.eventbrite.com. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

& Sunday at 1 p.m. Octavia Books hosts storytime and a booksigning with Alex McConduit featuring his latest children’s picture books, THORN IN MY HORN, about a young musician in New Orleans who LOVES to play his horn. His mother, on the other hand, cannot stand to hear the noise! She’s literally a thorn in his horn! This beautiful book includes detailed illustrations by Darrell Rollo that accurately depict the French Quarter, Jackson Square and other iconic places in The Big Easy. THORN IN MY HORN is a rhyming, children’s picture book suitable for ages 3 and up.

& Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Bar is the Maple Leaf Reading Series, the oldest continuous reading series in the south, founded by Everette Maddox. In the back patio, weather permitting. Periodic features and an open mic every Sunday.

Sunday is Slam and Spoken Word Day in New Orleans:

& Sunday at The Shadowbox Theater Team Slam New Orleans invites you to come celebrate with your 2013 National Poetry Slam champions.In addition to our regularly scheduled slam and open mic, the September show will feature a special 1 and 2 minute slam for poets tuning up for the Individual World Poetry Slam and the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival. 7 p.m. We will cap the open mic to make time for all of the awesome, so if you’d like to perform, please arrive early.

& WhoDatPoets.com lists four Spoken Word shows on Sunday nights:

  • The new Sunday show from Spoken Word New Orleans is Poetry and Paint Brushes. Spoken Word artists perform as a resident artist sketches the performers. Doors at 7 pm. and show at 8 pm. at Special Tea, 4337 Banks Street.
  • The Black Star Cafe, 800 Belleville St. in Algiers at 7 p.m.;
  • The Shadowbox Theater at 2400 St.Claude Ave. at 7 p.m.;
  • Espe’s Kitchen, 1743 N Broad St. at 7 p.m.; and,
  • the T—–y Wine Lounge, 3001 Tulane Ave., doors at 7 p.m., Admission $5.

For phone numbers with more details on all these readings visit WHODATPOETS.COM. (If I don’t block out the name of the location at 3001 Tulane, Facebook will reject my ad for promoting alcohol. Go figure.)

& 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 at 4 p.m. Middle-grade readers will be fully engaged with two wonderful authors visiting Octavia Books together to present and sign brand new adventures. Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of THE NEW YORK TIMES bestselling THE MISSING series will present RISKED, where Jonah and Katherine journey to 1918 with the Romanov children. Lisa McMann comes to us with her new novel, ISLAND OF FIRE, where the magical world of Artime is gone and the unwanteds are looking to Alex Stowe for answers while his twin brother Aaron continues to build his army in Quill. But, a shocking twist reveals that Alex and Aaron share a common enemy more dangerous than either could have imagined.

& Maple Street Book Shop’s the First Tuesday Book Club will be reading the Pulitzer Prize winner The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. The club will meet to discuss it Tuesday, September 3rd, at 5:30PM in our Uptown Shop.

& Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. the 1719 Reading Society, a collective of UNO, Loyola and Tulane students, will launch their fall 2013 season at the Columns Hotel. T. Rebecca Morgan Frank is September’s featured reader. She’ll be reading from her book, Little Murders Everywhere. Readings are free and open to the public. “As for me, I was merely an accessory.” In Rebecca Morgan Frank’ss remarkable first book, the line that launches a story about feeding an injured raptor morphs hauntingly into ars poetica: “I was the dark room, the leather glove, the rope.” And in between, the countless “little murders” — the road kill, the rodents, the surplus chicks from a factory farm — that keep a red-tailed hawk alive. Captured in this parable are both the ruthless devotion to beauty and the yet-more-ruthless devotion to clear-eyed rendering that make Little Murders Everywhere an extraordinary debut. The elegant formal variations in these poems, the structuring alliterations, the density and precision of the figurative imagination would almost suffice on their own but, wonderfully, they have no need to do so. They add up, as in all true poetry, to a way of seeing.”—Linda Gregerson

& On Tuesdays the Jefferson Parish Library Writers Group meets at the Westwego library from 7-9 pm.

& Every Tuesday night get on the list to spit at the longest running spoken word venue in New Orleans at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club hosted by African-American Shakespear. Doors open at 7pm and the Mic pops at 8pm. It is $5 to get in.

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