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‘Acadie’ authors will head to Paris for cultural award

The writers/directors of the book “Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History” have been named winners of le Prix France-Acadie 2015. Warren Perrin and Mary Broussard Perrin, of Lafayette, and Phil Comeau, of Montreal, collaborated on the project. This is the first time a book with Louisiana content has won this international award. The award ceremony… Continue reading →

Students can write letters to authors to win contest

The 23rd annual Letters About Literature contest, a national reading and writing competition for students, has been announced by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To enter, fourth- through 12th-grade students write a personal letter to a living or dead author of any genre explaining how that author’s book, poem or play… Continue reading →

Hunger central theme in 'Million Dollar Road'

“Million Dollar Road” by Amy Conner, Kensington, 304 pages, $15 New Orleans author Amy Conner knows alligators. A former co-owner of the world’s largest alligator farm, she knows them well enough to begin her compelling new novel, “Million Dollar Road,” from the point of view of Snowball, an 11-foot… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for Sept. 13 - 20

Book events LIT WITS BOOK CLUB: 10 a.m., St. Tammany Parish Library Abita Springs Branch, 71683 Leveson St. “Never Go Back” by Lee Child. (985) 893-6285. ECLECTIC TRUTH POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC: 7:30 p.m.,… Continue reading →

Sharing food blogger’s transformative journey

It was Me All Along

“It Was Me All Along” by Andie Mitchell. Clarkson Potter, 2015. $24 In college, I went through a stage when I was an avid reader of food blogs. They were exploding on the Internet, and since I didn’t have the time or resources to cook for myself as much… Continue reading →

Poetry marathon Sept. 12 in downtown Lafayette

On Saturday, Sept. 12, downtown Lafayette will be overrun with poets and various artists from central and south Louisiana participating in Word Crawl, a fundraiser for the upcoming Festival of Words. The event is a marathon 12-hour poetry reading taking place from noon to midnight in six venues with more than 40 poets participating. All kinds… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for Sept. 6-12

Book events ECLECTIC TRUTH POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC: 7:30 p.m., Arts Council of Baton Rouge, 437 Laurel St. $7. Open to the public. Email for more info or visit Facebook. KIDS NIGHT: 5-7 p.m., La Divina Italian… Continue reading →

Aquarium’s recovery tale teaches patience pays off

“A Penguin Named Patience: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story” By Suzanne Lewis, illustrated by Lisa Anchin, Sleeping Bear Press, $15.95 As people and pets were being rescued from a flooded post-Katrina New Orleans, a penguin named Patience was learning to be patient.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for Aug. 30 - Sept. 1

Book events KIDS’ NIGHT: 5 p.m., La Divina Italian Cafe. Join Linda Taylor, author of “LSU Alphabet Book,” for this special LSU Tiger event. Wear your purple and gold. OGDEN HONORS CONVOCATION FEATURING AUTHOR MICHAEL PITRE: 7:30 p.m., LSU Student Union Theater. New Orleans… Continue reading →

Couple shares bed, souls

'Our Souls at Night' by Kent Haruf

“Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf; Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. $24 Addie Moore, a lonely widow living in a small town, proposes an unconventional arrangement to her widower neighbor, Louis Waters: She asks Louis to spend nights in her home, and her bed, not for sexual intimacy, but… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for Aug. 16, 2015

THE COMIC BOOK CLUB: 7 p.m., EBR Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Join the discussion of volumes 1-5 of the popular manga “Attack on Titan.” Afterwards, enjoy the first episode of the anime and light refreshments. (225) 231-3750 for details.… Continue reading →

Perfect time to read Katrina memoir

"For Better, For Worse: Patient in the Maelstrom" by Carolyn Perry

“For Better, For Worse: Patient in the Maelstrom” by Carolyn Perry; Sunbury Press, 2011. $14.95 In the months and years following Hurricane Katrina, a number of fine works of both fiction and nonfiction chronicling this historic disaster found their way from their author’s memories to the hearts and minds of thousands of readers.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge book events for Aug. 9 - 15

Book events GENEALOGY SOFTWARE & ORGANIZATION: 10:30 a.m., East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, Technology Lab, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Find out about genealogy software that can help you become a more efficient researcher. You’ll learn how to add people to your family tree, add… Continue reading →

Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg to speak Friday at Main Library

Journalist, author and Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg will promote his book “Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Main Library. Bragg, a native of Alabama, had a celebrated career at The New York Times and has penned many books. Their topics range from the story of Iraq war POW Jessica Lynch to Bragg’s own personal… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for August 2 - 8

Book events FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP: 7 p.m., EBR Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Workshop is a small group designed for fiction writers of every category to gather, share and discuss their work. Attendees can expect in depth critiques and creative… Continue reading →

Easy to be engrossed in astronaut’s quest

'Watch the Lady' by Elizabeth Fremantle

“The Martian” by Andy Weir. Crown, 2014. $25. I started seeing “The Martian” pop up on a lot of “best of” lists a few months ago, and when I found out it was being made into a movie starring Matt Damon, I knew I had to pick up a… Continue reading →

Book events SUMMER READING PROGRAM AWARDS DAY: 2 p.m., Amite Branch Library, 204 NE Central Ave. Come celebrate the end of the Teen Titans Summer Reading Program. Hero costumes welcome.… Continue reading →

Cold War heats up in alt-history thriller ‘Bombs’

'Bombs Away' by Harry Turtledove

“Bombs Away” by Harry Turtledove. Del Ray, 2015. $28. Turtledove is at it again, this time with a Korean War gone horribly nuclear and mutually assured destruction comes into bright, radioactive detail. As usual, his storyline is just plausible. His characters, however, fall mostly flat, inviting the reader to… Continue reading →

Glen Davis hosts ‘Booking it with Baby’ tour

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING  Glen 'Big Baby' Davis.       Announcement of funding for Imagination Library at YWCA Istrouma Early Head Start followed by a volunteer project where members from Women in Medias networking organization joined forces with former LSU basketball star and NBA player  Glen 'Big Baby' Davis in reading to children Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. The volunteer project was  one of 20 projects happening on Friday morning, as part of United Ways Make a Difference Day.  MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

The fifth annual “Booking it with Baby” tour comes to Baton Rouge this week. From Tuesday through Friday, July 14-17, the Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation in partnership with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System, will highlight literacy. Davis, a Los Angeles Clipper and Baton Rouge native, will travel through the city on the library’s… Continue reading →

New book on Scotlandville celebrates the faces, places that shaped the community

Images of America: Scotlandville

When Arcadia Publishing approached Southern University Law Center communications director Rachel L. Emanuel about producing a pictorial history of Scotlandville, she wanted some local expertise. “I knew, not being from Scotlandville, that Ruby Simms was a Scotlandville scholar, and I knew Charles Vincent from way back, and they would really add legitimacy to the book,” Emanuel… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for July 5 - 11

Book events CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS: 3 p.m., Kumon Math and Reading Center, 14506 S. Harrells Ferry Road. Focus on short stories. (225) 315-1086. GET POP-CULTURED: DC Comics Days begins at 9 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court. DC Comics days runs through July… Continue reading →

Medical history, historical mystery fascinate

?The New York Times Book of Medicine:  More Than 150 years of Reporting on the Evolution of Medicine,? edited by Gina Kolata

“The New York Times Book of Medicine: More Than 150 years of Reporting on the Evolution of Medicine,” edited by Gina Kolata. Sterling, 2015. $24.95. Since its beginning in 1851, The New York Times has regularly reported on significant medical discoveries and advancements. This compilation of 120 carefully chosen… Continue reading →

Book events for June 28, 2015

Book events WEEKLY SUPERHERO STATION, BOOK HEROES: 10 a.m., River Center Branch Library, 120 St. Louis St. Play a game to match the hero to the correct book. Make your own superhero cape. Ages 5-11. Groups must register. (225) 389-4959. SUPER HEDGEHOGS UNITE!:… Continue reading →

Remembering Avondale: Giant shipyard once the largest employer in the state

Cover of Avondale history

Avondale Shipyard has grown quiet in recent years. Once the largest employer in Louisiana with 26,000 jobs, after its sale to Northrop Grumman in 2001, the number of employees dwindled to 200 engineers. Shipbuilding operations were eventually moved to Pascagoula, Mississippi. But thousands of men and women around New Orleans still remember with pride… Continue reading →

Put ‘Lists’ on to-do list

'Lists of Note' compiled by Shaun Usher

“Lists of Note: An Eclectic Collection Deserving of a Wider Audience” compiled by Shaun Usher. Chronicle Books, 2015. $40. I’m an inveterate list-maker. I have to-do lists, grocery lists, to-bring lists. I might have lists about lists. So Shaun Usher’s big book of lists made me deeply happy.… Continue reading →

Area book events for June 21 - 26

Book events CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS-A-PALOOZA: 2:30 p.m., Central Branch, 11260 Joor Road. Listen to “Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000,” by Dav Pilkey. Ages 7-11. POTATO PEOPLE: 2:30 p.m., Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones… Continue reading →

Story, illustrations show mouse’s charming tale

'Such A Little Mouse' by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Stephanie Yue

“Such a Little Mouse” by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Stephanie Yue. Orchard Books, 2015. $16.99. A charming story of a little mouse and his yearlong morning adventures from out of his hole under a clump of dandelions beneath a meadow. Through spring, summer and fall,… Continue reading →

Power of the ‘Pen’

'My Pen' by Christopher Myers

“My Pen” by Christopher Myers. Disney-Hyperion, 2015. $16.99. Author and illustrator Christopher Myers created this thoughtfully illustrated story of a young boy and his ink pen. The narrator, the young boy, feels small and inconsequential compared to the “rich people” and “famous people” until… Continue reading →

‘Fifty Shades’ author to release new novel ‘Grey’

'Grey' by EL James

Author EL James, best-selling author of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series, will release a new novel from Christian Grey’s point of view. “Grey” will be published June 18 — Grey’s birthday. “This book is dedicated to those readers who asked ... and asked ... and asked ... and asked for this,” James said.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for May 31 - June 4

Book events DAISY THE READING PIG: 10 a.m., Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway. Registration required. (225) 924-9385. WILD KRATTS STORYTIME WILD SEA CREATURES: 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble CitiPlace, 2590 CitiPlace Court.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for May 23-30

BOOK EVENTS STORY TIME: 10 a.m., Delmont Gardens Branch Library, 3351 Lorraine St. “Curious George at the Fire Station” by Margaret Rey with a fire hat craft. Limited to 20, ages 3-5. Register at the Children’s Desk. Children under 9 must have an adult. Story… Continue reading →

‘Monkey and Duck’ fun for the kids

?Monkey and Duck Quack Up!? by Jennifer Hamburg, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

“Monkey and Duck Quack Up!” by Jennifer Hamburg, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic, 2015. $17.99. Vivacious Monkey wants to win a rhyming contest with his partner the laid-back Duck. He soon hits a snag, however, when he realizes that the only word Duck says is “quack.”… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for May 17-23

Book events THE COMIC BOOK CLUB: 7 p.m., Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” comic and movie. Ages 14+. C.H. LAWLER BOOK SIGNING: 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble CitiPlace, 2590 CitiPlace Court. “The Saints of Lost Things.”… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for May 10-17

Book events THE MORNING BOOK CLUB: 10:30 a.m., Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road. “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafazi. BOOK DISCUSSION: 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble CitiPlace, 2590 CitiPlace Court. “To Kill A Mockingbird.”… Continue reading →

LSU library’s rare book collection grows

The LSU Libraries’ Special Collections acquired several rare books in the past year: “Monstrorum Historia,” a 1642 book by Renaissance naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi, was acquired last summer. It’s an illustrated history of monsters and deformities that’s “a window into the world of early modern science, pseudo-science, religion and philosophy,” according to… Continue reading →