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Odd Words October 10, 2013

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This coming week in literary New Orleans for Oct. 10-16.

& Thursday at 6 p.m. Octavia Books features a double book release featuring writer Tim Parrish (RED STICK MEN) celebrating the launch his two new books, FEAR AND WHAT FOLLOWS: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a memoir, and THE JUMPER, winner of Texas Review Press’s George Garrett Prize for Fiction. Both books are being released within a few weeks of each other by separate publishers — so there will be much to celebrate with this homecoming of an accomplished native Louisiana writer. Fear and What Follows is an unparalleled story of the complex roots of southern, urban, working-class racism and white flight, as well as a story of family, love, and the possibility of redemption.

& Over a Tipitina’s Garden District Books hosts “Adult Bedtime Stories” With Chuck Palahniuk & Special Guests Chelsea Cain and Monica Drake. From cult icon author Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke) comes Doomed – the sequel to 2012’s Damned. And to celebrate the release of his book and his first appearance in New Orleans, we will be having an adult pajama party where Chuck and two of his friends who are fellow writers of their own dark-humored esteem, will be joining in! There will be prizes, trivia, toys, and much irreverent humor. So don your favorites PJs (seriously: wear pajamas), grab your teddy bear (yes, seriously, bring a stuffed animal). In addition to getting a chance at winning a special (possibly disturbing) prize, each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of DOOMED. This follow-up to DAMNED continues the adventures of Madison Spencer, a very overweight, very snarky, and very dead, thirteen-year-old girl. This time, instead of being trapped in Hell, she’s trapped on Earth, or as it’s known in the afterlife: Purgatory.

& Meanwhile, in calmer circumstances, Garden District Books and the Jewish Community Center host a reading by Garrison Keilor of O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound, the first poetry collection written by Garrison Keillor, the celebrated radio host of A Prairie Home Companion. Although he has edited several anthologies of his favorite poems, this volume forges a new path for him, as a poet of light verse. He writes—with his characteristic combination of humor and insight—on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion, and other facets of daily life. Keillor’s verses are charming and playful, locating sublime song within the humdrum of being human. Tickets are $5.00, and are available for purchase at Garden District Book Shop and the Jewish Community Center (JCC). Tickets include a coupon good for $5 off the purchase of O, What Luxury.

& 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.

& 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.

& Inspired by Walker Percy’s best-known nonfiction book “Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book,” the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University New Orleans will host its second biennial conference, “Still Lost in the Cosmos: Walker Percy and the 21st Century,” Oct. 11-12. Open to the public, the conference offers a variety of panels and performances focused on Percy’s lively and satirical analysis of the modern condition. The conference features well-known Percy scholar and author Paul Elie as the keynote speaker on Friday evening. Actor Tom Key will perform a one-person show inspired by the book on Saturday evening. The 15 daytime panels of Friday and Saturday cover topics such as alienation, language, authenticity, and the failure of “self-help”. For information or to pre-register: http://www.loyno.edu/wpc/conference. Tickets also available at the door! Each registered attendee will receive a complimentary copy of Walker Percy: A Comprehensive Descriptive Bibliography by Linda Whitney Hobson, published by Faust Publishing.

Friday at 8 p.m. there will be a Poetry Pot Luck at 2127 Milan Street hosted by Sam Gordeon  featuring three visiting poets: Ashley Catherine of Los Angeles, plus Eirean Bradley and Leah Noble Davidson. Tortillas will be provided, and guests are asked to bring taco/burrito ingredients.

& Story Time with Miss Maureen is a weekly feature at Maple Street Books at 11:30 am Saturday. This week Denise McConduit will be reading and signing her book, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Read. Robbie doesn’t like to read so he wishes that he never has to. When a sorcerer grants his wish, all the words in the world disappear. Will Robbie be happier now that his dream has come true? OR IS ROBBIE GOING TO LEARN A VALUABLE LESSON? Miss Maureen is banking on a lesson. Come find out what happens. There will be cookies and juice.

& Every 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 five Spoken Word shows on Sunday nights. For phone numbers with more details on all these readings visit WHODATPOETS.COM. (I stopped listing all of the events because one venue’s name forced me to limit this post for readers over 21. Check WHODATEPOETS.COM for all the latest on slam and spoken word in New Orleans.

& Sunday at 7 p.m. the Mudlark Public Theater will feature Pieces of Us:  Queer Writers Reading Original Works. Featured readers will include Nic Alea, Deb Jannerson, Dara Drawdy and more to be announced.

& This month’s Black Widow Salon at Crescent City Books features Guest Susan Larson on books, NOLA, and more. Larson, the book editor of The Times-Picayune from 1988–2009, now hosts WWNO’s public radio program The Reading Life. As a founder of the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, and a board member of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library, she continues to support and share New Orleans’s literary heritage. Susan’s The Booklover’s Guide To New Orleans is back in print at long last. 7-9 p.m.

& Do you think in verse that could become poetry? Do you imagine characters, dialogue, and scenes? If so, join the New Orleans Public Library Smith branch’s free Creative Writing Workshop. Every other Monday, beginning October 7, 5:30 – 7 p.m

& Monday the East Bank Fiction Writers Group meets at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library at 7 p.m.. The Fiction Writers’ Group is a support group for serious writers of fiction. We do not focus on poetry, essays or nonfiction. Events consist of critique sessions from group members, author talks and writing exercises. Free of charge and open to the public. Registration is not required

& 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 Garden District Books hosts Catharine Savage Brosman’s Louisiana Creole Literature: A Historical Study at 6 p.m. Louisiana Creole Literature is a critical reading of belles lettres–in both French and English–produced by Louisiana Creole people, chiefly in the southeastern part of the state. The book covers primarily the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the flourishing period during which the term Creole had broad and contested cultural reference in Louisiana.
The book consists of literary history and biography. When available, each discussion provides personal information on authors, as well as publishing facts. Brosman illuminates the biographies and works of Kate Chopin, Lafcadio Hearn, George Washington Cable, Grace King, and Adolphe Duhart, among others.

& Tuesday evening Octavia Books hosts legendary author Allan Gurganus (OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL) when he gives a reading and signs his new novel, LOCAL SOULS. Through memorable language and bawdy humor, Gurganus returns to his mythological Falls, North Carolina, home of Widow. This first work in a decade offers three novellas mirroring today’s face-lifted South, a zone revolutionized around freer sexuality, looser family ties, and superior telecommunications, yet it celebrates those locals who have chosen to stay local. In doing so, Local Souls uncovers certain old habits—adultery, incest, obsession—still very much alive in our New South, a “Winesburg, Ohio” with high-speed Internet.

& On the second Tuesday of every month the Jefferson Parish West Banbk Library Writers Group meets at the Westwego library from 7-9 p.m. Writing exercises or discussions of points of fiction and/or critique sessions of members’ submissions.

& 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.

& Wednesday brings back Don Paul’s Poetry Ball, a reading at the Cafe Istanbul in the Healing Center, featuring Rodger Kamentz, Moira Cronin, Melinda Palacio, and Shedrick white followed by an open mic. Don Paul’s Poetry Ball is the best single reading of literary and spoken word artists together in one place in New Orleans.

& On Wednesday the Blood Jet Poetry Series is at BJs in the Bywater (4301 Burgundy) at 8PM. This week’s featured artist is musician Rachel Z. Leigh.

& Join the Tipplers— three long time friends and writers (Allison Alsup, Elizabeth Pearce, and Richard Read) — 6 p.m.at Maple Street Bookshop p for cocktails and a book signing. They sip their way through the best drinking neighborhood in America, New Orleans’ French Quarter in their informative guide, French Quarter Drinking Companion. Hot spots and cool cocktails fill the pages of this essential guide to 100 Vieux Carre bars. From sophisticated saloons to dilapidated dives, The French Quarter Drinking Companion is your accomplice to swizzling and strolling through the country’s most eclectic neighborhood.

& Come on out to Newcomb Center for Research on Women Wednesday night at 7 to hear Pamela Binnings Ewen, Jean Redmann and Erica Spindler talk with Antoinette de Alteriis about the craft of mystery writing in an event sponsored by the local chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. There will be books and CDs for sale from Diana Pinckley’s library, as well as a Kobo to raffle off. That’s how the WNBA-NOLA celebrates National Reading Group Month.

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