3 authors announced for Festival of Words

Book Events for June 30, 2013

Organizers have announced three authors — Darrell Bourque, Genaro Ky-Li Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye — for the Festival of Words Nov. 7-9 in Grand Coteau and surrounding areas.

The festival features literary readings, creative writing workshops, a community stage for open mic and many opportunities to interact with featured authors.

More featured authors and a schedule will be announced later this year. Visit festivalofwords.org.

Lafayette Poetry Slam team

The 2013 Lafayette National Poetry Slam Team has been nominated for the 2013 National Poetry Slam Team Of The Year Award presented by Multi-Platinum Record Company and The National Poetry Awards.

To bring home the award, the team needs votes in the Slam Team Of The Year category on the online ballot at thenationalpoetryawards.com. Voting started June 20 and ends July 20.

Soap opera fiction

Author/actress Victoria Rowell, best known as Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless, will read from and sign her new novel, The Young And The Ruthless, at 6 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Visit octaviabooks.com for more on this and other events at the store.

Maple Street Book Shop

The First Tuesday Book Club will meet at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the Uptown Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans. The club will discuss Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Visit maplestreetbookshop.com for information on this and other store events.

The store will be closing its Bayou St. John and Healing Center branches at the end of the month, according to the website.

Ascension Parish Library

In addition to summer reading programs for children and teens, the Ascension Parish Library offers A Booklover’s Summer for adults.

Through July 31, readers can enter weekly drawings for $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificates and also be eligible to win a grand prize featuring a Gardener’s Supply Deluxe Tractor Scoot with a bucket basket.

Visit myAPL.org for information on this or other programs.

EBR Parish Library

Teens will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., to discuss Jordan Sonnenblick’s Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. Participants will even make their own version of the book’s dangerous pie. The first 10 teens to register, read the book and attend the book talk will receive a bookplate signed by the author.

Refreshments will be included. Call (225) 658-1870 to register.

Storytime is offered at many library branches to give children an excellent introduction to books and the library, increase their attention spans and develop their social skills by involving them in stories, poetry, and songs.

The Children’s Services staff hopes Storytime will be an enjoyable experience for each child, leading to a lifelong love of books and reading. Parents are always welcome to attend Storytime with their child. Seven different Storytime formats are offered and since children develop at different rates, parents may talk with one of the library staff members to place a child in a younger or older group.

For more information, call a branch library. Many specific times are scheduled with registration sometimes required. Also, organized groups may reserve a date and time other than those scheduled.

Visit ebrpl.com for details about this or other library programs.

Jefferson Parish Library

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Rick Jacobs, a graduate of Tulane University and the Naval War College, will discuss the disastrous 1942 Battle of Savo Island, the most serious defeat in U.S. Naval history, at 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the Jefferson Parish Library, Main East Bank, 4747 W. Napoleon in Metairie.

Compiled by Advocate staff