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Odd Words November 28, 2014

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This week in literary New Orleans:

All locations of the New Orleans Public Library and Jefferson Parish Library locations are closed Friday.

& Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop hosts a Holiday Open House! We’ll be showcasing books, products, and special merchandise available for the holidays. We’ll also be handing out FREE hot chocolate (hopefully, it’s at least cool!), and our holiday gift guide to help with your gift planning. And you can make a wish list! Who doesn’t like walking around, writing down all the great things they want, and handing off to someone else to buy? Create a wish list with your most coveted items, and we’ll keep it in an old school Rolodex so you can send your family and friends by to shop from them. If you stop by, you can also collect coupons and special deals for your holiday shopping needs.

& Every Friday The Rhyme Syndicate presents a spoken word open mic at Dish on Haynes Boulevard hosted by Hollywood. Doors at 8. Admission $7, $5 will college ID. Music by DJ XXL.

& Saturday is Small Business Saturday and multiple local indie bookstores are hosting special events.

  • Maple Street Book Shop have local author signings all day: 11:30AM Ryan Adams, author of New Orleans Mother Goose; 1PM Madeline Herlong, author of Buddy; 2PM Cornell Landry, author of Goodnight NOLA; 3PM Ryan Murphy, author of What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo; 11AM Andi Eaton, author of New Orleans Style; 12PM Bonnie Warren, author of New Orleans Homes at Christmas; and, 1PM Jim Wade, author of Pitot House.
  • Octavia Books is hosting over a dozen outstanding local authors as guest booksellers on Small Business Saturday, November 29. Each author will be chatting with customers and recommending favorite books and will be happy to talk about and sign their own books as well. Hundreds of independent bookstores across the country will be hosting local authors this November 29, Small Business Saturday, thanks to a movement called Indies First. Launched by noted author Sherman Alexie, Indies First encourages authors to volunteer at their local store, to give back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors.
  • At Tubby and Coo’s anyone who buys a local book or book written by a local author will be entered to win two prize packs including bookmarks, free books, and other surprises! We’ll also be giving away three $25 American Express gift cards in conjunction with Stay Local. As part of the Indies First movement, four local authors have agreed to help out selling books throughout the day: Michael Murphy, author of Eat Dat New Orleans, will be selling books from 10am-12pm; Sally Newhart, author of The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, will be selling books from 12-2pm; David Armand, recently named to the Gambit’s 40 Under 40 and author of Harlow, will be selling books from 2-4pm; and, George Bishop, author of The Night of the Comet, will be selling books from 4-6pm.

& Author Kil Whol will sell and sign copies of her book New Orleans Classic Creole Recipes at the Hubbell Library in Algiers at 1 pm during Hubbell’s Friends of Hubbell Tree Sale.

& Also on Saturday Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created a Digital Revolution will speak and sign books at Newman School Auditorium, 5333 Danneel Street. In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. Isaacson will speak for 20-30 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. He will sign books afterward. Garden District Book Store will be on site to sell the book.

& This Sunday at 3 pm The Maple Leaf Reading Series features an Open Mic.

& New York Times bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes to the uptown Jewish Community Center to present THE INNOVATORS: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Age, Monday at 7:00 PM. Octavia Books will have THE INNOVATORS for sale in the store and at the event where your purchase will help support cultural programs at the JCC. To reserve a signed copy, please call during store hours at 504-899-READ. Walter Isaacson will sign books immediately following the lecture. Isaacson provides a sweeping and scintillating narrative of the inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs who have given the world computers and the Internet. . . . a near-perfect marriage of author and subject . . . an informative and accessible account of the translation of computers, programming, transistors, micro-processors, the Internet, software, PCs, the World Wide Web and search engines from idea into reality. . . . [a] masterful book.”
— San Francisco Chronicle

& 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.

& On Tuesday at 6:00 P.M., two New Orleans writers, Mason James Cole and Alex Jennings, will dish about the state of genre literature (horror, SF, crime, magic realism) and discuss how, why, and which authors are blurring the boundaries between those categories at Octavia Books. In addition to the discussion, the authors will read from and sign their own works: Mason James Cole with his novel, BUSTER VOODOO, and Alex Jennings with HERE I COME and OTHER STORIES. Join us for wine, cheese, and lively conversation. ABOUT BUSTER VOODOO: “…bristling with dread and suspense, as well as some of the creepiest scenes you’ll read this side of Stephen King.” – Bryan Smith, author of House of Blood and Strange Ways. ABOUT HERE I COME and OTHER STORIES: Who are we when we are alone? What are ghosts if not memories of the past given voice? Are our bodies and identities warped by the emotions that pass through us? What would it mean for Humanity to have a cosmic parent? Unsolvable by logic or method, such topics are not the business of the scientist. Only the philosopher, the guru, and the fantasist are fit to map these terrains. Consider this volume a guidebook.

& Tuesday at 7 pm Loyola University presents the release of Daniella Zsupan-Jerome’s book Connected Toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age in the Whitney Presentation Room – St. Thomas Hall. The book explores the ways in which Christians might communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ to all those shaped by digital media. This question addresses the whole church, from the baptized faithful to pastoral ministers and the institutional structures that serve the church locally and globally.

& Also at 7 pm the East Jefferson Regional Library hosts as Author Event! New Orleans Homes at Christmas by Bonnie Warren. Warren and photographer Cheryl Gerber highlight the elaborate decorations, history, public festivities, and exclusive gatherings of yuletide. From réveillon dinners to family repasts, readers can feast on the unique spirit showcased in photographs and profiles of homes in neighborhoods such as the Garden District, English Turn, Esplanade Ridge, the French Quarter, and Uptown. Featured are colorful holiday embellishments from Christmas trees to mantelpieces and attractions, including Jackson Square and City Park.

& 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 the Latter Memorial Library A Book Club Named Desire meets. Adults meet to discuss a local classic every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm. For more information, contact Toni at tlmccourt@hotmail.com.

& In honor of the Whitney Plantation Museum opening on December 7, 2014, Octavia Books is honored to host a special presentation and signing featuring Ibrahima Seck, author of BOUKI FAIT GOMBO: A History of the Slave Population of Habitation Haydel (Whitney Plantation) Louisiana, 1750-1860, on Wednesday at 6:00 PM. An exploration of slavery and its impact on southern culture, BOUKI FAIT GOMBO is the first book to map the history of Habitation Haydel. Now known as the Whitney Plantation, the Haydel began operating in 1752 as an indigo producer and went on to become one of the most important sugar plantations in Louisiana. This in-depth study traces the route of African slaves to the German Coast of Louisiana, charts the various owners of the Haydel, and discusses the daily life of slaves on the plantation. Although the book does not shy away from depicting the brutalities of slavery, at its heart are the stories of the robust culinary and musical cultures that grew out of slaves’ desires to reconnect with their home. As Ibrahima Seck says in the book’s introduction, “The history of slavery should not only be the history of deportation and hard labor in the plantations. Beyond these painful memories, we should always dig deep enough to find out how Africans contributed tremendously to the making of Southern Culture and American identity.” The release of this book will coincide with the opening of the Whitney Plantation Museum.

& The Pearl Wine Co. and literary website Fleur de Lit (www.fleurdelit.com) have teamed to present a literary series, Reading Between the Wines on the first Wednesday of the month at Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave., in the American Can Company. The purpose of the series is to promote local authors and the literary community. The special 2014 sendoff event at 6:30 p.m. on December 3, 2014 will focus on culture and food in New Orleans. The event will feature five local authors in two panels: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.: On New Orleans Style and Culture featuring Andi Eaton, author of New Orleans Style, named the most stylish person in the South by Southern Living Magazine and Ronald Fisher, author of Mid-City Errands. At 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.: On New Orleans Food features Addie K. & Jeremy Martin, co-authors of Southeast Louisiana Food and Michael Murphy, author of Eat Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Unique Food Culture of the Crescent City. You must be 21 to attend this event.

& At 8 pm Wednesday it is Poetry & Music at BJs’ Blood Jet Series at BJ’s at 8 pm. This Wednesday’s feature is Andy Young Book Release.

& 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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