Book Events for April 14-April 20

Baton Rouge Gallery hosts poetry reading

The 15th Annual Women’s History Poetry Reading will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. This long-standing event is a part of the gallery’s “Sunday’s@4” series.

Original poems lasting 3 to 4 minutes about women, history or both will be read by a wide range of Louisiana women, from published poets to first time readers.

Poets who will read include Marilyn Burel, Sylvia Green Chatman, Dorothy Davis, Liz Ferguson, Beth Foos, Holley Galland Haymaker, Ava Leavell Haymon, Brandon Elizabeth Hebert, Mary Hudson, Sarah W. Johnson, Pat Juelg, Kirkland, Becky Larkin, Angie Ledbetter, Mara Malone, Clare L. Martin, Robin McAndrew, Juanita H. McGregor, Rose Marie Mustain, Amy Pickholtz, Carolyn Ricapito, Sandy Robert, Marilyn Shapley and Cynthia Toups.

Natchez Conference

LSU Libraries Special Collections is co-sponsoring “From Civil War to Civil Rights,” the 2013 Historic Natchez Conference Wednesday-Saturday, April 17-20, in Natchez, Miss.

Headquartered at the Eola Hotel in downtown Natchez, the conference offers a full program of free lectures on centuries of Natchez and the Lower Mississippi Valley’s history, narrowing to a particular focus on the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.

The keynote speaker, William C. Davis, will speak about the Civil War at its sesquicentennial. Additional presentations examine political violence and armed conflict during the Civil War and post-bellum era, occupation of Natchez by federal troops, African-American sailors serving in the Mississippi Squadron, merchants and the rebuilding of Natchez after the war, and plantation life. In relation to the latter, LSU Special Collections Assistant Curator of Books Michael Taylor will present “The Library of Rosedown Plantation: A Case Study in Researching Nineteenth-Century Private Libraries.” Further program highlights explore the 1965 Natchez boycott, the Mississippi Freedom Movement, and social and religious aspects of civil rights activism in Natchez.

Visit for full program information and to register. There is no charge to attend the talks, but registration is requested and you must purchase a ticket for the receptions.

South to the Future

LSU Readers & Writers will present “South to the Future” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Jack Butler and Randall Kenan, two writers whose work spans the distance from Mississippi to Mars, will speak.

Butler is the Pulitzer-nominated author of nine works of poetry and fiction including Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock and Broken Hallelujah. Kenan is an internationally renowned author of fiction and nonfiction whose books include A Visitation of Spirits, Let the Dead Bury their Dead and The Fire This Time.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.

Poetry event

Voices Seasonal Reading Series will present a special NOLA-themed night at 7 p.m. Saturday April 20, at Carpe Diem! Gelato – Espresso Bar, 812 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Poet Amanda Auchter and novelist Michael Allen Zell will read original literary works. This event is free and open to the public. For more information email or call (337) 962-5886.

EBR Parish Library

Olivia McNeely Pass will introduce and lead discussions on “The Creole Identity and Experience” at the Fairwood Branch. 12910 Old Hammond Highway, at 6 p.m. Thursdays, April 18-May 23, as a part of the 2013 RELIC (Readings in Literature and Culture) program.

The six sessions are titled: “What Is a Creole?”; “Gens de Couleur Libre: Neither White Nor Black”; “Gens de Couleur Libre: Between Privilege and Oppression”; “Cane River: Complexity of Slavery and Race in a Simple Setting”; “Cane River: The Persistence of Creole Family”; and “Creole Identity at Mid-Twentieth Century: Assimilation and Survival.”

Book sets are limited, so participants should pre-register by e-mailing or by calling (225) 924-9380.

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Livingston Parish Library

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in cooperation with the Livingston Parish Library will host a seminar on social media planning titled “Time, Tools and Techniques for Your Social Media Plan” 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 17, at the main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston. The event is free.

The session will cover: time management tools to inspire social media use in an effective, efficient way; the importance of analytics, how to read them and include them into social media planning; how social media includes email marketing; and Constant Contact reporting tools and social media integration tools. The event is free; however, pre-registration is preferred. For more information, call (985) 549-3831 or (225) 664-6638. Register online at

Young Writers Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The club is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 17. Call the library at (225) 665-8118 for details.

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Ascension Parish Library

Teen Book Club will meet 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Galvez branch, 40300 La. 42 in Prairieville.

Lafayette Pubic Library

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Fine forgiveness

The Jefferson Parish Library is offering a special “fine forgiveness” deal for patrons with overdue items April 15-30. The offer coincides with the National Library Week, which occurs during the third week of April. Patrons who return items to the library will no longer be held responsible for paying for the item and they also will have the overdue fine waived for the item. The offer applies only April 15-30.

New THNOC book

The latest title from independent publisher The Historic New Orleans Collection presents the uncensored travelogue of a young Frenchman who ventured to New Orleans in 1729. Never before published, Marc-Antoine Caillot’s memoir has been translated from the original French and published as A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies. The book will be released Wednesday, April 17, with a celebration and book signing set for 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at The Collection, 533 Royal St. For more information, call (504) 523-4662.


Sims Library events

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library invites the public to special events during this week’s celebration of National Library Week. Beginning Sunday, April 14, through Friday, April 19, Sims Library and Baton Rouge Nursing Library patrons can enjoy a week of no fines during “Fine Free Week and Food Drive.”

On Monday, April 15, the library will celebrate “Readings at Sims Library.” Readings begin at 6:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be.

The library’s annual book sale will be held in the lobby 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 and 18.

For additional information, contact the library at (985) 549-2027 or visit

Book sale

Friends of the UNO Library will hold a used book sale 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, on the Fourth Floor of Earl K. Long Library at UNO. Admission is $5 admission for the first two hours Tuesday, April 16; after that, free admission for the remainder of the sale. Call (504) 280-6556 or (504) 250-6028

LeGrange to speak

Author Cliff LeGrange will speak about his book, Bayou Pigeon, LA Spirit of the Atchafalaya, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Breaux Bridge branch of the St. Martin Parish Library, 102 Courthouse St. in Breaux Bridge.

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators will hold a meeting and critique session at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Bluebonnet branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. The meeting is free and open to the public. For details visit

SOLA meeting

Stephen Rea will present “Injecting Tension into your Writing” at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the monthly meeting of the Southern Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America (SOLA) at the Jefferson Parish Library East Bank branch, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. in Metairie. Visit the website, at

Civil War Roundtable

The New Orleans Civil War Roundtable will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Similie’s Resturant, 5125 Jefferson Highway in Harahan. The speaker will be Brian Willis, who will discuss his biography of George H. Thomas. Free to attend, dinner $25. Call (504) 456-1420.


William Kent Krueger, author of Ordinary Grace, will sign copies of his book 5:30 p.m.-730 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Stuart Woods, author of Unintended Consequences, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Mary Ann Sternberg, author of River Road Rambler: A Curious Traveler along Louisiana’ s Historic Byway, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Stephanie Jones, author of The Puddin’ Spot, will sign copies of her book 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, April 19, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Bethany World Prayer Center, CHEF of Louisiana Convention 2013, 13855 Plank Road in Baker.

Rod Dreher, author of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, will sign copies of his book 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Kerry Dunn, author of Joe Peace, will sign copies of his book 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Martha H. Fitzgerald, author of The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope, and Healing, will sign copies of her book at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.

Christopher Schaberg, author of The Textual Life of Airports, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Maple Street Book Shop Bayou St. John location, 3141 Ponce de Leon in New Orleans.

Items for Book Events were provided by Baton Rouge Gallery, LSU Libraries, LSU Readers & Writers, Clare L. Martin, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library, The Historic New Orleans Collection, SLU’s Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, St. Martin Parish Library, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The New Orleans Civil War Roundtable.