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Odd Words April 16, 2014

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& Poet John Gery will be reading & signing celebrating National Poetry Month and the release of John Gery’s new book, HAVE AT YOU NOW!: Poems at Octavia Books. “These are the poems of a huge imagination and a huge intellect whose observations are at once as capable of being as fully engaged in the philosophical as in the familial. John Gery is a powerful traveler poet who counters experience with thought, form with idea, technique with delivery.”– Darrell Borque

& Zachary Lazar will be signing I Pity the Poor Immigrant, Thursday at 6 pm at Garden District Book Shop. In 1972, the American gangster Meyer Lansky petitions the Israeli government for citizenship. His request is denied, and he is returned to the U.S. to stand trial. He leaves behind a mistress in Tel Aviv, a Holocaust survivor named Gila Konig. In 2009, American journalist Hannah Groff travels to Israel to investigate the killing of an Israeli writer. She soon finds herself inside a web of violence that takes in the American and Israeli Mafias, the Biblical figure of King David, and the modern state of Israel. As she connects the dots between the murdered writer, Lansky, Gila, and her own father, Hannah becomes increasingly obsessed with the dark side of her heritage. Part crime story, part spiritual quest, I Pity the Poor Immigrant is also a novelistic consideration of Jewish identity.

& Thursday at 7 pm the Great Books Discussion Group of the East Bank Jefferson Parish Library will discuss Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

& At 8 pm New Orleans Literary & Performance Series presents ANCIENT RAIN: A Tribute to Bob Kaufman at Gold Mine, 701 Dauphine Street. Featuring poets Dr. Brenda Marie Osbey, 2014 Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, PLUS A Scribe Called Quess performing with: Loren Pickford – alto sax, Spike Perkins – bass, Katarina Boudreaux – cello, Reverend Goat Carson – buffalo jaw harp, and Ben Aleshire – cornet. PLUS special guest Jonathan Warren and OPEN MIC hosted by Jimmy Ross

& You can call the New Orleans Poetry Brothel every Thursday from 8-midnight for a live poetry reading. 504-264-1336.

& All branches of the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish Public Libraries are closed for Good Friday, and the Latter will be closed on Sunday.

& Friday at 7 pm at Cafe Istanbul The Peauxdunque Writers Alliance presents its second “Yeah, You Write!” event: a word rebellion, readings, images, and music. Featuring prize-winning and best-selling authors Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly, Joseph Boyden, John Barry, Benjamin Percy, jewel bush, Emilie Staat, and Cassie Pruyn. Music by D.J. Sep, and images by L. Kasimu Harris. $5 at the door.

& Also at 7 pm In celebration of National Poetry Month, join the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and Junebug Productions for an evening of poetry as members of the MelaNated Writers Collective and Team SNO ( Slam New Orleans) respond to the 30 Americans exhibition with original works. Featuring Kelly Harris DeBerry, Kysha Brown Robinson, and Gian Francisco Smith of MelaNated Writers and FreeQuency, Akeem Martin and A Scribe Called Quess of Team SNO. Hosted by Frederick Wood “Hollywood” Delahoussaye.

& Friday is New Orleans’ own ex-pat Bob Kaufman’s birthday. Stay tuned for percolating plans.

& Laura Roach Dragon will be doing the New Orleans book launch of her middle-grade book Hurricane Boy at Maple Street Book Shop Saturday from 11:30-1pm. This incisive coming-of-age story is set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina and its severe devastation to US soil. A compelling tale of growth and independence, this debut novel brings a fresh, evocative voice to the stage: Hollis Williams, whose resilience, strength of character, and personal growth are powerfully portrayed by the author’s authentic narrative. This book will last for generations, giving voice to every young reader struggling to find his or her place in the world. Hollis Williams is a middle-school student in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. His father absent and his mother dead, Hollis and his siblings live with his grandmother. He dreams of reconnecting with his father, but Hurricane Katrina strikes and devastates his home and his plans. The young boy’s family is trapped on the roof of their house, hoping and waiting to be rescued. When help finally arrives, Hollis and his family are separated and sent hundreds of miles apart. Taken to a shelter in a West Virginia church, Hollis must reunite his family against all odds.

& 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 features . . . . . . .
Lenny Emmanuel will read from his Mirrors And Lanterns, Selected Poems, plus his “SQUEAL” — a four-page-one-sentence belated response to Ginsberg’s “HOWL.” Larry Scott on tenor sax will accompany the poet and essayist.

& 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 the New Orleans Haiku Society meets at the Latter Memorial Library from 6-8 p.m.

& 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.

& At 6 pm Tuesday Garden District Books will feature Michael Murphy with Ian McNulty, Sara Roahen, Poppy Tooker & Liz Williams and their book Eat Dat: A Guide to the Unique Food Culture of the Crescent City. Eat Dat New Orleans is a guidebook that celebrates both New Orleans’s food and its people. It highlights nearly 250 eating spots—sno-ball stands and food carts as well as famous restaurants—and spins tales of the city’s food lore, such as the controversial history of gumbo and the Shakespearean drama of restaurateur Owen Brennan and his heirs. Both first-time visitors and seasoned travelers will be helped by a series of appendixes that list restaurants by cuisine, culinary classes and tours, food festivals, and indispensable “best of” lists chosen by an A-list of the city’s food writers and media personalities, including Tom Fitzmorris, Poppy Tooker, Lolis Eric Elie, Ian McNulty, Sara Roahen, Marcelle Bienvenu, Amy C. Sins, and Liz Williams.

& Tuesday at 6 pm Octavia Books features a presentation with author and Inside Higher Ed blogger John Griswold featuing his new book, PIRATES YOU DON’T KNOW, AND OTHER ADVENTURES IN THE EXAMINED LIFE: Collected Essays. For nearly ten years, John Griswold has been publishing his essays in Inside Higher Ed, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Brevity, Ninth Letter, and Adjunct Advocate, many under the pen name Oronte Churm. His new book, PIRATES YOU DON’T KNOW AND OTHER ADVENTURES IN THE EXAMINED LIFE is a funny, poignant, bittersweet, and sometimes snarky account of everything ranging from creative writing to babies, and from race issues in a university town to crocodiles.

& At 7 pm Tuesday the West Bank Fiction Writers Group meets at the Edith S. Lawson Library in Westwego. Writing exercises or discussions of points of fiction and/or critique sessions of members’ submissions. Meets the second Tuesday of every month.

& 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 at 9 pm the pleasure provocateurs of Esoterotica bring you “”Dr. Who’s Your Daddy?” A Night of Nerd and Geek Erotica”. In addition to writing erotica, it will probably come as no surprise that Esoterotica’s local provocateurs are also a little bit nerdy. Okay, some of us are a lot nerdy. And on Wednesday, April 23rd we are bringing an evening of erotica devoted to the not always so well-known naughty pleasures of all things Nerdalicious! From video games to comic books, Star Wars and Star Trek to Firefly and Dr. Who, anime’ cosplay to having a thing for your calculus tutor, whatever your “freak” fantasy or the kind of dorky debauchery you’re into, we’ll get you hot and bothered with a full night of ‘weirdo’ wanton-ness and techie titillation.

& 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!)

& Also at 8 p.m.every Wednesday the Blood Jet Poetry Series hosted by Megan Burns happens at BJs. Features for this week are Jenn Nunes & Wendy Carlisle .

If you don’t see your event listed here, please be sure to send it to odd.words.nola@gmail.com no later than the Wednesday before the event. Late entries are accepted and added to the blog and so get into the daily post, but getting the in early is appreciated.

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