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Odd Words March 11, 2015

Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.

This coming week in literary New Orleans:

& The UNO Creative Writing Workshop will host a reading by poets Megan Burns, Jonathan Penton, and Bernd Sauermann, Friday, March 13, at 3 p.m., at the UNO Lakeside Campus, Liberal Arts Building (on Founders Road), Room 197. The reading will be followed by a reception of donut holes and black coffee. Bring your own cream (budget cuts). This event is free and open to the public.

& At 6 pm Friday Garden District Book Shop presents Kevin Sessums’s I Left it on the Mountain: A Memoir. On his 53rd birthday, Kevin Sessums woke up in his L.A. hotel room wondering how he would get through his scheduled interview with Hugh Jackman. For years he had interviewed the bright lights: Madonna, Courtney Love, Jessica Lange, and all the other usual suspects; but, Kevin knew that his rapidly unraveling life was as shallow as the hotel’s hip furniture and he was hanging on by his fingertips.
In I Left It on the Mountain, Sessums chronicles his early days in NY as an actor, his years working for Andy Warhol at Interview and Tina Brown at Vanity Fair, countless nights of anonymous sex, his HIV Positive diagnosis and his descent into addiction. It’s also the chronicle of one man’s spiritual redemption found while climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostelo and trudging across the cold, lonely winter beaches of Provincetown.

& Friday the FREEDOM WRITING for WOMEN OF COLOR (NEW ORLEANS) group meets at a movable location from 7 pm to 10 p.m. Contact poetryprocess@gmail.com for more information.

& Saturday means It’s Story Time with Miss Maureen at 11:30 at Maple Street Book Shop. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, she’ll read Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola. Jamie O’Rourke is the laziest man in all of Ireland, far too lazy to help his wife on their farm. Then, after a chance encounter with a leprechaun, Jamie finds himself growing the biggest potato in the world. But what will happen when the potato grows too large for Jamie and the villagers to handle?

& This Sunday at 3 pm The Maple Leaf Reading Series features Poet Charlotte Mears reads from and signs her books, Sweet Air and Winds of New York, followed by an open mic. The Maple Leaf Reading Series, founded by poet Everette Maddox, is the oldest continuous poetry reading series in the south.

& Sunday at 8:30 pm it’s Writing Out the Sads featuring Australian-American writer Oliver Mol, author of Lion Attack! (forthcoming from Scribe Publications in May of 2015) read from his work, along with special guests including Jeanne Thornton, Tyler Gillespie, Stephanie Doyle, Clare Harmon, Jennifer Hanks, Andrew Kooy, Danny Caporaletti, Elizabeth Theriot and more.

& 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.

& Wednesday at Garden District Book Shop at 6 pm its Skip Horack and The Other Joseph. Haunted by the disappearance of his older brother Tommy in the first Gulf War, the tragic deaths of his parents, and the felony conviction that has branded him for a decade, Roy Joseph has labored in lonesome exile–and under the ever-watchful eyes of the law–moving between oil rigs off the coast of Louisiana and an Airstream trailer he shares with his dog. Then, on the cusp of his thirtieth birthday, Roy is contacted by a teenage girl from California claiming to be his lost brother’s biological daughter. Yearning for connection and the prospect of family, Roy embarks on a journey across America, visiting childhood haunts in the South to confront his troubled memories and history, and making a stop in Nevada to call on a retired Navy SEAL who may hold the answer to Tommy’s fate. The ultimate destination is San Francisco, where a potential Russian bride and his long-lost niece await, and Roy may finally recover the Joseph line.

& Wednesday The Blood Jet returns to B.J.’s Lounge at 8 pm with

& Wednesday night from 8-9 pm, come drink some coffee and make your voice heard at the Neutral Ground Poetry Hour, 5110 Danneel Street.


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