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Odd Words September 4, 2013

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The Historic New Orleans Collection has opened a new exhibition exploring the work of 1960s counterculture artists Jon and Louise “Gypsy Lou” Webb. The display, “Alternative Imprints: Jon Webb, Gypsy Lou, and the Hand-Sewn World of the Loujon Press,” will be on view in the Williams Research Center, located at 410 Chartres St., through Saturday, Nov. 16. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and admission is free. In celebration of the exhibition THNOC will present an afternoon program featuring Edwin J. Blair, who donated many of the materials in the exhibition to THNOC; JoAnn Clevenger, owner of Upperline Restaurant and avid art collector; and Neeli Cherkovski, a poet and Charles Bukowski scholar. Admission is free, and reservations are encouraged as seating is limited. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2–4 p.m. The Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. Admission is free; seating is limited. Reservations at wrc@hnoc.org or (504) 523-4662.

Also this week, now available at your local indie bookstores is The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans, Susan Larson’s informative response to questions most frequently asked her as book editor of the Times-Picayune. Tourists and locals alike want to know what to read, where authors lived, which bookstores to browse, and when literary festivals are scheduled. Now all the answers can be found in this one convenient volume, the only complete directory of New Orleans’s “write life” available.. “Larson’s guide includes: a brief history of the fiction writers, poets, journalists, playwrights, historians, critics, essayists, and others who have flirted with the Crescent City’s muse across the years; a tour of both famous and lesser-known sites throughout the literary landscape, including authors’ homes and hangouts; an extensive reading list of favorite New Orleans titles in categories from mysteries to cooking; and a catalog of bookstores, libraries, literary events, and other resources.

If you thought August was slow, the coming week will more than make up for it with book launches, readings and signings galore all over town. I may need to publish cubes like Jazz Fest to help you keep all this straight.

& Thursday at 6 p.m. Maple Street Books will feature James Cobb signing Flood of Lies, the emotional story of the St. Rita’s Nursing Home disaster during Hurricane Katrina as told by the lawyer for owners Sal and Mabel Mangano who were slammed in the press as ‘Monsters of Hurricane Katrina.’ Flood of Lies tells the real story of the Manganos: a couple who sacrificed everything to save the lives of their beloved residents

& Thursday at 7 p.m. McKoewn’s Books & Difficult Music presents a reading by two authors published my local press Lavender Ink. New Orleans’ own and only Joel Dailey reads from his latest strike against banality in all its forms, “Industrial Loop.” Here’s what Andrei Codrescu said of him: “Dare I say it? Joel Dailey is the Robinson Jeffers of Post-Pop, an expansive nature poet whose nature is on TV. His work contains also the most thorough on-going critique of pretention in whatever form she may have been proclaimed. The shiv aims for the phoniness in the zeitgeist and comes off bloody more often than not.” Also joining us from the wilds of New York is poet and translator Mark Statman, author, most recently, of “A Map of the Winds”. Anselm Berrigan says of Mark’s new book: “A Map of the Winds is a lovely book, filled with moments of ordinary perception given uncommon attention. Sung through a register of gentle if unrelenting consciousness on the part of the poet that the present is always inexhaustibly on the move, Statman’s spare, concise, searching poems channel notations of experience through the visual and aural senses to frame and extend “voice that stands for voice / captures what I want and need / not resemblance”.” As always, this event is free and open to the public. Some refreshments provided.

& Also on Thursday at 7 p.m. New Orleans Literary & Performance Series presents its kick-off production of the 2013 Season: “AVANT GARDENING IN THE 21ST CENTURY” at the GOLD MINE SALOON, 705 Dauphine Street (corner of Dauphine & St. Peter, French Quarter) featuring:
ROCKIN DOPSIE, washboard
EARLE BROWN, saxophone

CHERKOVSKI (biographer of poet Charles Bukowski) will give a reading in New Orleans along with a special Jazz Poetry performance featuring Rockin Dopsie on washboard, Jamil Sharif on trumpet, saxophonists Loren Pickford and Earle Brown, vocalist Katarina Boudreaux. former Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane, poet Sunnylyn Ballard Thibodeaux, and poet and cultural historian Dave Brinks. This performance will celebrate The Historic New Orleans Collection’s current exhibition “Alternative Imprints” featuring LOUJON PRESS, publishers Gypsy Lou Webb and Jon Webb, The Outsider literary magazine, and the 50th Anniversary of Charles Bukowski’s first major collection of poetry, IT CATCHES MY HEART IN ITS HANDS, published in New Orleans by Loujon in 1963.

& 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..

& Friday at 7 p.m. McKoewn’s Books hosts its 1+1+1 Reading featuring Descriptionfeaturing Delia Tomino Nakayama, Jamie Bernstein and Megan Burns. The 1+1+1 series features a selected poet, who selects a second to join then, and the second selects a third.

& Saturday at 10:30 a.m. meet talented children’s book writer and illustrator Brian Floca when he comes to Octavia Books to present and sign his new picture book, LOCOMOTIVE. Floca spent years researching LOCOMOTIVE – which includes traveling along the entire path of the first transcontinental railroad. His presentation will be filled with history. And, the book has already been critically heralded now with four starred reviews.

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

& At 1:30 on Saturday Octavia hosts a middle-school reader book event, a reading and signing with Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper featuring her new book, GHOST HAWK.

& In celebration of the exhibition “Alternative Imprints,” THNOC will present an afternoon program featuring Edwin J. Blair, who donated many of the materials in the exhibition to THNOC; JoAnn Clevenger, owner of Upperline Restaurant and avid art collector; and Neeli Cherkovski, a poet and Charles Bukowski scholar. Admission is free, and reservations are encouraged as seating is limited. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2–4 p.m. The Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. Admission is free; seating is limited. Reservations at wrc@hnoc.org or (504) 523-4662.

& Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. the monthly Poetry Buffet series hosted by Gina Ferrara continues its monthly reading at its temporary home at the Keller Library. Poets Clare L. Martin, Caroline Rash, and Mark Statman read from their work.

& Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Octavia Books hosts a talk and signing with Michaela Haas featuring her new book, DAKINI POWER: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. The women featured in Dakini Power-contemporary teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, both Asians and Westerners, who teach in the West-have been universally recognized as accomplished practitioners and brilliant teachers whose life stories demonstrate their immense determination and bravery. Meeting them in this book, readers will be inspired to let go of old fears, explore new paths, and lead the lives they envision

& 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. Poet-Teacher Delia Tomino Nakayama meets with interested teens and their Parents at poetry workshops initiated especially for teenagers at the Children’s Resource Center of the New Orleans Public Library.

& On Tuesday at 7 p.m.Stella Lithe and Laura Mattingly return to The Abbey on Decatur Street with their collaborative music and poetry show.

& Tuesday at 6 p.m. Garden District Book Shop Pat Kogos discusses and signs her book, Priory, Louisiana.In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina enters the Gulf of Mexico, and coastal residents flee the chaos. In the plantation town of Priory, Louisiana, guest rooms of a local inn, The Retreat, become shelter from the storm. Evacuees bond at The Retreat over shared heartache. They watch in disbelief as homes get swept to sea. Loved ones go missing. Passions ignite. No one will escape untouched. Priory, Louisiana is a story about the relentless nature of regret, the puzzling role of God in human suffering, and the opportunity to reinvent yourself after the life you know has washed away.

& Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. the Hubbell Library author’s series features Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans by Ben Sandmel.

& This Tuesday at 7 p.m. the Maple Street Book Shop features Everything Flows, the first collection of short fiction by novelist and screenwriter James Greer. Greer mixes anachronistic pseudo-history and unserious/serious digressions into pop culture, pop physics, pop philosophy and pop music to arrive at something both universal in scope and intensely personal, twisting language(s) into sometimes-strange shapes to devise new ways of looking at familiar things.

& 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.

& On Wednesday the inaugural reading for Blood Jet Poetry Series is at BJs in the Bywater (4301 Burgundy) at 8PM. We will be celebrating the SECOND printing of Laura Mattingly’s Book Of Incorporation from Language Foundry just out this summer. This handmade, typeset book will be available for purchase. Laura will be reading from her book along with a musical guest. We will also have a second poet sharing their works and wares with us to be announced shortly. Open mic to follow our features, limited sign up. Please share your words with us.

& Also on Wednesday is the launch party for Jonathan Kline’s new short novel The Wisdom of Ashes published by Lavender Ink, at Cafe Istanbul at 7 p.m. ” Inimitable story-teller Jonathan Kline’s web of stories connecting two poets, a nun, a black and white dog, and a huge red balloon to a heroin addict, the devil, the dead, and a mousy little man in a woman’s wool overcoat, in New Orleans in the early 1980s. In 44 moments, this novel weaves light and dark, memory and forgetting, madness and war, with smell of jasmine and the sound of cicadas in a walk along the levee.”


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