Come celebrate our state’s bicentennial at the Zachary branch of East Baton Rouge Parish Library, 1900 Church St. The library will have live Cajun music and light refreshments at 6 p.m. Monday, April 30. The Pride-Chaneyville branch, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road, will also have activities and refreshments for the whole family, 3-6 p.m. Monday, April 30. A Louisiana Birthday Party will be held at Carver branch, 720 Terrace St., 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 30. Tweens and teens are invited. Attendees will play Louisiana Bingo, make a Louisiana themed craft, dance the Cajun two-step and listen to Louisiana music. For more information, call (225) 389-7450.
Author Dennis Defrene will discuss his book, Civil War Baton Rouge, Port Hudson and Bayou Sara: Capturing the Mississippi, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. This book is part of the Civil War scholar series. These books honor the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. Defrene will sell and sign copies of his book. For more information, call (225) 939-3155.
In celebration of Cajun culture and following up on the successful 2011 Geaux Cajun program, the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs, will have several activities 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, including a make and take craft available for the children, story time for children, Cajun music and dance demonstrations by members of Les Danseurs de la Capitale de Baton Rouge, which is affiliated with the Baton Rouge Chapter of the nationally recognized Cajun French Music Association (CFMA).
The 5th annual Mystery Dinner Theater will be hosted by the Writers Circle, Young Writers Club, and Eclectic Book Club 6-8:15 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The event features guest speaker and former East Baton Rouge police detective Michael Verrett and performances by the Young Writers Club and Writers Circle. Call the library at (225) 665-8118 to register or for more information.
Are you a young adult who enjoys reading? If so, Ascension Parish Library’s Teen Book Club is holding their monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Galvez branch, 40300 La. 42 in Prairieville. This program is open to all teens 6th grade and above. Come talk about the book you are reading with other like-minded people and enjoy some light refreshments — just as other book clubs do! For further information, call (225) 622-3339.
Novelists Michael Griffith and Joshua Russell read from their new novels at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the LSU Music School Recital Hall on campus. Griffith is the author of three novels and a former National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. An Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, he is the fiction editor for both the Cincinnati Review and the Yellow Shoe Fiction series at LSU Press. Russell is an LSU alumnus and the author of two novels who has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. The event is free and open to the public.
Jay Mazza, author of Up Front and Center: New Orleans Music at the End of the 20th Century, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. in New Orleans.
Jennifer Barnes Maggio, author of Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom, will sign copies of her book 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Healing Place Church Single Moms Event, Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Road.
Dennis Dufrene, author of Civil War Baton Rouge, Port Hudson and Bayou Sara: Capturing the Mississippi, will sign copies of his book at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.
Johnette Downing, author of Today is Monday in Kentucky, will perform in concert at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Kids Tent, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and will sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Book Tent, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Items for Book Events were provided by East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library and LSU Readers & Writers.
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