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Odd Words February 28, 2014

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

This coming quiet Carnival week in literary New Orleans:

& For the complete list of New Orleans libraries due to carnival, visit the New Orleans Public Library calendar page. In Jefferson Parish the Rosedale Branch will be closed for construction on Saturday. All Jefferson Parish Public Libraries will be closed on Tuesday.

& Saturday at 11:30 it’s Story Time with Miss Maureen at Maple Street Book Shop. This week she’ll read Gaston Goes to Mardi Gras. King Cake will be served

& Every Sunday at 3 p.m. The Maple Leaf Reading Series, the oldest continuous reading series in the south, founded by Everette Maddox, features guest poets and an open mic. This Sunday is a Mardi Gras 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.

& Speak Sunday is hosted every Sunday at 7 pm by Duece the Poet at Therapy, 3001 Tulane Avenue, also featuring live painting of the performers by C.C. Givens.

& Monday at 5:30 pm the Smith Branch Library at Canal Boulevard and Harrison Avenue hosts a creative writing workshop.

& 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. Watch Odd Words on Facebook and Google+ on Tuesdays for a complete list of her guests and features.

& Tuesday at 6 p.m. Garden District Books will host author George Fowler III’s My Cuba Libre: Bringing Fidel Castro to Justice. The book is the very personal story of his lifelong battle to remove the dictator from power and bring democracy to his homeland. Fowler exposes the monstrous actions of the Communist Party of Cuba and makes a firm case for indicting Castro for crimes against humanity. Fowler also provides a first-hand account of events like the Elián González case, the Brothers to the Rescue shoot down, and Cuban embargo negotiations.

& 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.

& Every Wednesday at 8 pm at the Neutral Ground Coffeehouse there is an hour-long open mic poetry night (or fiction night; whatever you want to read really!)

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1. Rick Penn - February 28, 2014

I would suggest that you not print outright falsehoods when describing literary happenings in New Orleans. I am referring, of course, to the right-wing bull presented as description concerning George Fowler III’s “personal” book of hatred toward Fidel Castro. I realize you didn’t originally right this blurb, & I know how busy you are, but this blurb required hard editing, if not outright omission. I love your blog so I won’t stop reading it, but I cannot let this sort of thing pass without comment. Thanks for the service you provide, both in the literary announcements & your own writing.


The Typist - February 28, 2014

I’ve posted all sort of book blurb nonsense, and even listed Heck Of A Job Brownie’s event at Garden District.


Rick Pe - February 28, 2014

I’m sorry, but that doesn’t excuse The Big Lie.


The Typist - March 1, 2014

I started down that road when I posted an article on Facebook pointing out that the opposition in the street in Venezuela were attempting to overturn a government selected by fair and free elections in the eyes of the world. Jimmy Carter, a man impossible not to respect, was among the observers at one point. I am not an apologist for Castro who was a dictator, but whatever the perceived excesses of the Chavistas they have followed a democratic path. And Obama is as determined to see them overturned as Nixon was Pinochet. Can’t have democratic socialism popping up and succeeding. Its bad for business. I was immediately swatted by someone with anti-Castro feelings because of Chauvez relationship with Castro.I back down and did not go into the argument. One can’t deny that the Castro’s practice the old Lennist dictatorship of the proletariat, with which I completely disagree. At least in Venezuela there has been an effort to win through to a more just society via democratic means, even in the face of a well-funded and violent opposition of the old plutocrats and their dependents. Still, it’s not Odd Word’s place to take sides when someone is expressing their opinion. Its not the way we role here. There’s enough of that in this country already.


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