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Odd Words September 19, 2013

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

& Press Street/Antenna Gallery is offering an OPEN STUDIO of after school academic tutoring & creative writing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 3pm-5:30pm. The Gallery is located at 3718 St Claude Ave.

& Thursday at 4 pm Octavia Books hosts children’s author Michael Buckley, the bestselling and highly entertaining author of The Sisters Grimm and NERDS series. He will talk about and sign both series, including his latest and final The Sisters Grimm, Book Nine – THE COUNCIL OF MIRRORS – and his about-to-be-released NERDS, Book Five – ATTACK OF THE BULLIES.

& Following Buckley, at 5 p.m. Octavia features three YA authors. Lauren Myracle, the #1 most banned author in America, returns to Octavia Books to present and sign THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US. a warm examination of ordinary teens in a contemporary YA novel that celebrates friendship, romance, and the intensity of first love. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian when they come to Octavia Books to discuss and sign their new joint novel, FIRE WITH FIRE. When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

& Thursday at 6 p.m. Maple Street Book Shops hosts poet Melissa Ginsburg will be at our Uptown location Thursday, September 19th, at 6PM. She will read from her latest collection, Dear Weather Ghost. Irish musician and writer Danny Ellis will also be signing his memoir, The Boy at the Gate.

& 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.

& Thursday at 8 p.m. The Shadow Box theater presents Picolla Tushy Presents booze, broads and bukowski, An hour long mixture of story telling, signing, and some burlesque honoring one of the most loved and/or hated poets of all time, Charles Bukowski, performed by women who love him, hate him, try to understand him, and enjoy him. It’s not your typical poetry reading for his was not your typical poetry.

& Thursday at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library the Great Books Club meets to discuss Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street.

& Odd Words usually doesn’t list plays, but how can I resist one written by a book store manager and set in a bookstore? What Do You Say to a Shadow? opens THIS FRIDAY at 7:30 PM, at the Shadowbox Theatre. In this original one-act by local author Michael Allen Zell, an old woman wanders into a French Quarter bookstore right before closing. As she tells her tale, woven with crime, New Orleans history, and books, the bookseller realizes there may be more to this person than meets the eye. Starring Big Easy Award winning actors Mary Pauley and Richard Mayer. Directed by Angela Jo Strohm. September 13-15, 20-22, and 27-29th. 7:30 PM on Fridays. 7 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

& Poetry & Pink Ribbons continues its annual series of Write to Wellness workshops. Local NOLA writers lead creative writing workshops and wellness exercises for breast cancer patients, survivors, family and friends. Bring your story. Leave inspired. The instructors include Jarvis DeBerry, Alison Perlegrin Kelly Harris, Maurice Ruffin and Kysha Brown Robinson. There will be a reading by participants of their work on Oct. 19.

& Saturday Octavia Books hosts a children’s book double header. Come meet Anna Dewdney, author and illustrator of the bestselling Llama Llama books, while she is visiting Octavia Books to sign her books. This will be an amazing opportunity to purchase signed editions of her new book, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat, as well as some old favorites. Also featured is ]Annie Barrows. Listen to her new Ivy + Bean adventure, IVY + BEAN TAKE THE CASE. Watch out, you diabolical masterminds! There’s a new detective on Pancake Court: Bean! She laughs at danger! She solves even the most mysterious mysteries! What? There aren’t any mysteries? Then Bean and her assistant, Ivy, will make some.

& Poems & Pink Ribbons: Write for Wellness continues its series in which local NOLA writers lead creative writing workshops and wellness exercises for breast cancer patients, survivors, family and friends. Bring your story. Leave inspired. Poetry Writing Workshops continue through Saturdays October 12, 10 a.m. – Noon at the Keller Library and Community Center.

& Saturday at 11:30 am Maple Street Bookshop hosts Andrea Beaty who’ll be reading and signing her latest picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer is a beautifully-illustrated tale of a girl and her dream to become a great engineer, written by the same powerhouse team that brought us Iggy Peck, Architect. It’s currently number 8 on the New York Times Best Seller List.

& Sunday at 2 pm Garden District Book Shop hosts Frederick Starr and Robert Brantley’s Une Belle Maison: The Lombard Plantation House in New Orlean’s Bywater. Described in an 1835 bill of sale as “une belle maison,” the Lombard plantation house is a rare survivor. Built in the early nineteenth century as a West Indian-style residence, it was the focal point of a large plantation that stretched deep into the cypress swamps of what is now New Orleans’s Bywater neighborhood. Featuring the best Norman trussing in North America, it was one of many plantations homes and grand residences that lined the Mississippi downriver from the French Quarter. This is the story of the rise, fall, and eventual resurrection of one of America’s finest extant examples of West Indian Creole architecture and of the entire neighborhood of which it is an anchor.

& Ever Sunday at 3 p.m. he Maple Leaf Reading Series, the oldest continuous reading series in the south, founded by Everette Maddox, features guest poets and an open mic.

Sunday is Slam and Spoken Word Day in New Orleans:

& 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.)

& Monday at 6 pm Octavia Books features Margaret Wrinkl, whose Wash takes us on an unforgettable journey across continents and through time, from the burgeoning American South to West Africa and deep into the ancestral stories that reside in the soul. WASH introduces a remarkable new voice in American literature. “A masterly literary work . . . Wrinkle’s novel does not allow us to draw easy correlations but invites us to consider the painful inheritance and implications of such a horrendous moment in American history. Rather than disapproving opprobrium and diatribes, this debut occasions celebration. Haunting, tender and superbly measured, Wash is both redemptive and affirming.” —Major Jackson, The New York Times Book Review.

Monday’s Writers Group at the East Jefferson Regional Library will host guest authors Mary Manhein and Chuck Hustmyre. As director of the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory at Louisiana State University, Manhein unravels mysteries of life and death every day. Manhein, an expert on the human skeleton, assists law enforcement by providing profiles of remains that narrow the identification process when the traditional means used by medical examiners or coroners to conduct autopsies are no longer applicable — simply put, when bones are all that are left to tell the story. She assesses age, sex, race, height, signs of trauma, and time since death, and creates clay facial reconstructions. She is the author of fiction and nonfiction books; her latest mystery is Floating Bodies: The Canal Murders. Chuck Hustmyre is a bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction books and a screenwriter. He wrote the Lionsgate movies “House of the Rising Sun” and “End of the Gun.” Before embarking on a full-time writing career, Hustmyre spent 20 years in law enforcement, specializing in violent crime, drug and fugitive investigations. He was born in Baton Rouge and spent most of his law enforcement career in New Orleans

& 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.

& At the Nix Branch on Tuesday at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. author Curtis J. Johnson signs Glimpses of Black Life Along Bayou Lafourche. All proceeds will go to the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville

& Tuesday at 6 pm Octavia Books hosts a book launch party celebrating the release of HARLOW, the new novel by David Armand, author of The Pugilist’s Wife (winner of the 2010 George Garrett Fiction Prize). David will give a reading and sign copies.vTaking place over the course of three abysmally cold winter days in the late 1980s, HARLOW tells the story of eighteen-year-old Leslie Somers, a boy who trudges his way through the dark Louisiana backwoods in search of his father, a man whom he has never met.

& Also on Tuesday at 6 pm Garden District Book Shop features Stephen Maitland-Lewis’s novel Ambition, the tale of George Tazoli, an ambitious dealer on the trading floor of a prominent California bank embroiled in romantic and boardroom machinations who learns that even wealth has a price.

& The East Jefferson Regional Library hosts an author event on Tuesday featuring Lisa Brown’s Posing as Nuns, Passing for White: The Gouley Sisters. Brown has documented and published a fascinating history of a somewhat eccentric and short lived order of 19th century nuns in New Orleans. It’s a story of three biological sisters, women of color, who established their own religious order, The Sisters of Our Lady of Lourdes, in 1883. Archbishop Napoleon Perché gave them permission to found the community in 1883, but after his death the same year, the Gouley sisters’ racial ambiguity – they apparently lived as white but appeared in church sacramental records as “colored”—and having closed their order to include only blood relatives, kept them an obscure and officially unrecognized entity within the local Catholic Church

& At the Maple Street Book Shop on Tuesday Saul Conrad, from Boston, who is touring in support of his new LP, will be playing at Maple Street Book Shop Tuesday, September 24th, at 7PM. “Conrad writes and sings at the intersection of Jonathan Richman and Daniel Johnston”, says the Boston Globe, while the Utne Reader has quoted the music as “existing on the far fringes of indie folk.” Singer/songwriter Ruby Ross will be opening.

& On Tuesdays the Jefferson Parish Library Writers Group meets at the Westwego library from 7-9 pm. Also, the East Bank Regional Library presents their weekly local author event featuring Sue Campbell’s Conversations in Heaven, The Amazing Journey at 7 p.m.

& 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 at 2 p.m. in University of new Orleans LA 236 at Les White, Lisa Verner, and Neal Walsh discuss the books that changed their lives. We’ll have snacks and cold drinks for your enjoyment! Open to the public.

& Wednesday evening at 6pm celebrate the new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the LEH’s award-winning quarterly magazine dedicated to the culture and history of our state. This is our sixth publication party at the Louisiana Humanities Center, each of them a festive, salon-style party sponsored by Abita Brewery and Zapp’s Chips. Presenting this time are issue contributors: Rachel Emanuel and AP Turead, Jr., discussing their article on Turead’s experience as the first African-American undergrad at LSU in 1953; Novelist David Armand, who’ll read from his new novel, Harlow, excerpted in the magazine and published this month by Texas A&M University Press; Rich, Tee, and Shirley Marvin, the collectors behind the Noel Rockmore exhibit currently at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, and the subject of this issue’s cover story.

& On Wednesday the Blood Jet Poetry Series is at BJs in the Bywater (4301 Burgundy) at 8PM.

& Also at 8 pm Wednesday Esoterotica’s sexy literary provocateurs are doing it again… going completely unthemed, and that means anything goes! We’ve been saving some very special work for just this night, and you’re not going to want to miss it. Plus, in case you didn’t know, it’s also Banned Books Week and of course we at Esoterotica love to celebrate our Freedom to Read!

& Don’t forget to stop by and visit The Historic New Orleans Collection 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.


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