Swing by Casa Azul Gifts, 232 Martin Luther King Drive in Grand Coteau, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, and enjoy a screening of the documentary Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle. The book, Tarzan of the Apes, was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first in a series about the title character Tarzan. It was made into a film in 1918 near Morgan City. The documentary about the 1918 movie was created by Al Bohl and directed by his daughter, Alison Bohl Dehart. The director will visit with attendees at Casa Azul for a question and answer session after the screening. This is a free community event open to all. More details are available at (337) 662-1032 or http://www.festivalofwords.org.
Are you interested in genealogy but have no clue where to start? Genealogy on the Internet will be offer at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston, and at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road Denham Springs. This class introduces some vital genealogy sites, including free resources offered by the library. Get tips about how to search for your ancestors online. Registration is required for each class. To register or for details, call the library.
Young Writers Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Denham Springs-Walker Branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The Young Writers Club is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 17. The goal of the club is to write for both publication and performance.
ne_SHrSTween Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond. Members will discuss Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool and enjoy refreshments. For ages 8-11 only. Call (225) 567-1441 for more information.
Fantasy Book Discussion Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Zachary Branch, 1900 Church St. Members will discuss The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will appear in Lafayette at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at South Regional branch auditorium, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette, as part of a nationwide tour of the Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, which will culminate with an appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York in April. His 70-minute program (plus intermission) will include music ranging from Bach to The Deer Hunter soundtrack. Fletcher will remain after the performance to meet the audience. Call (337) 981-1028 for more information.
Sleuths Mystery Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members will discuss Aqua Alta by Donna Leon.
The library is sponsoring “Biography and Our Town” 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the West Feliciana High School auditorium, 8604 U.S. 61 in St Francisville. Rod Dreher will read advance excerpts from Little Way of Ruthie Leming and discuss what it’s like to write intimately about one’s family and community. Also on the program are Leming’s friend Abby Temple Cochran, physician Dr. Tim Lindsey, who both played leading roles in Leming’s life and death. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the library in advance and at the door. Call the library at (225) 635-3364 for more information.
Lawrence L. Hewitt will speak at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61 in Jackson. Hewitt is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 12 books about Civil War history. He spent eight years managing Civil War sites for the Louisiana Office of State Parks, 10 years teaching at Southeastern Louisiana University and a year as managing editor of North & South magazine. Hewitt has been an SLU professor emeritus of history since 1996 and lives in Chicago, where he devotes his time to writing, editing, lecturing and consulting. Among his published works relating to the war on the Mississippi are: Port Hudson, Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi, author; Louisianans in the Civil War, co-author and co-editor; and Leadership During the Civil War, The 1989 Deep Delta Civil War Symposium: Themes in Honor of T. Harry Williams, co-author and co-editor. This event is sponsored by the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, The Office of Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, and the Louisiana Office of State Parks. There is a $4 entry fee to the site. For more information call (225) 654-3775.
Historian Roger Busbice will lead a talk on local Civil War battles at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum located at 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette. Busbice was chief historian for Louisiana’s Old State Capitol and he was a longtime adjunct instructor of history at Nicholls State University and for the LSU Lagniappe Program. This program is suitable for teenagers and adults and is held free of charge. Contact the museum at (337) 276-4408, visit their webpage at http://www.jeanerettemuseum.com, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staple Goods Gallery presents Neutral Ground Quarterly Reading Series 6X15 (Six writers/performers, 15 minutes each) at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at 1340 St. Roch Ave. in New Orleans. Featuring performers will be Bremner Duthie, poet Kelly Harris, prose writer Yuri Herrera, prose writer Ruthie Landry, poet and playwright Dalt Wonk and prose writer Michael Allen Zell.
The New Orleans Poetry Brothel Presents “The Confessions” at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at All Ways Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave. in New Orleans. Seeking absolution? Or just absinthe? Trade your sackcloth and ashes for a corset and cocktail at The New Orleans Poetry Brothel. Maître d’, Francis Shadfly (Jordan Soyka), and Madam Pearl du Mal (Izzy Oneiric), are hosting an evening of perverse poesy and decadent diversion. Purchase a private reading or take in performances from a coterie of acrobats, buskers, and burlesque dancers. If you prefer black magic, indulge in a tarot card reading or get a ghostly cyanotype print. Open to anyone with a burning conscience (or at least a few dollars burning a hole in your pocket). Go wearing your finest burlesque, Victorian, or steampunk ensemble and receive a token for a free reading. Doors open at 9 p.m. $10 cover. Poets include The Private Dick (Adam Atkinson), Tabitha “Totty” Quym (Aime’ SansSavant), Mam’zelle Cherie Louve (Anne Delatte), Jack Prince (Chris Shipman,) Alejandro Amoretti (Dean Felch), Bi Nary (Jenn Nunes), Muse (Katie Booms), and Scarlett O’Heresy (Kim Vodicka) with guest reading by Lara Glenum. Live music by Trey Boudreaux & Co.
Lunchtime Lagniappe, a weekly series of lectures that explores the rich culture and history of Louisiana, will feature “Landmarks and Monuments of Baton Rouge,” at noon Wednesday, March 20, at The Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St. Hilda Krousel discusses Baton Rouge landmarks and monuments, some long forgotten and obscure. A former editor at LSU Press, Krousel is the author of Don Antonio de Ulloa: First Spanish Governor to the State of Louisiana. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. The Louisiana State Museum Friends will have refreshments available for a small donation. The museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit http://www.crt.state.la.us/museum.
HeartLa, the Baton Rouge Chapter of Romance Writers of America, will hold its monthly meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Bluebonnet branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Membership is open to writers of all genres. Guests may attend two meetings before joining. This month Alyne Pustanio will discuss paranormal investigations.
Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mapmaker’s War, will sign copies of her book at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Cottonwood Books will have copies available.
Robert M. Ferris, author of Flood Of Conflict: The New Orleans Free School Story, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.
Michael Hearst, author of Unusual Creatures, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.
Sarah Carr, author of Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children, will sign copies of her book at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Maple Street Book Shop Healing Center location, 2372 St. Claude Ave. in New Orleans.
Lt. General Russel L. Honore, author of Leadership in the New Normal: A Short Course, will sign copies of his book at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.
Katy Kelly, author of the Melonhead and Lucy Rose series, will sign copies of her book at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Maple Street Book Shop Uptown location, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.
Deborah Lynne, author of Grace, A Gift of Love, will sign copies of her book 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, 5565 Essen Lane.
Earl Hampton, author of The Streetcar Guide to New Orleans, will sign copies of his book at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Barnes & Noble Metairie, 3721 Veterans Blvd. at Metairie.
Dianne de Las Cassas and Holly Stone-Barker, author and illustrator of The Little Read Hen, will sign copies of their book at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.
Dianne de las Casas, author of The Little Read Hen, will sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Barnes & Noble Westbank, 1601B West Bank Expressway, Harvey.
Items for Book Events were provided by Casa Azul, Livingston Parish Library, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library, Friends of West Feliciana Parish Library, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Staple Goods Gallery, New Orleans Poetry Brothel, Louisiana State Museum and HeartLa.
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