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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 →

Baton Rouge area book events

Book events FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP: 7 p.m., Greenwell Springs Regional Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Meet local writers and get feedback and encouragement. (225) 274-4440 to register. PEAS IN A POD STORY CRAFT: 4:30 p.m., Central Branch Library,… Continue reading →

Area book events for April 26 - May 1

Book events E-BOOK BASICS: 3 p.m., Greenwell Springs Regional Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. STORY TIME: 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble CitiPlace, 2590 CitiPlace Court. “Olivia Opens a Lemonade Stand.” JANE AUSTEN TEA PARTY:… Continue reading →

Not a private club Camera rolls during Swine Palace’s ‘Book Club Play’

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Amanda Clark reheares for the Swine Palace upcoming production "The Book Club Play" at LSU's Student Union on Thursday, April 2.

The format is almost universal in reality television: Something happens, then the camera breaks away for private, individual interviews, where the characters freely talk about each other. Maybe it’s a setup. Then again, Ana quickly learns that nothing in her beloved book club is private when the cameras are rolling. Ana is the founder and… Continue reading →

‘Sock Thief’ a charming lesson in manners, values

'The Sock Thief' by Ana Crespo and Nana Gonzalez

“The Sock Thief” by Ana Crespo and Nana Gonzalez. Albert Whitman & Co., 2015. $16.99. Felipe has mangoes and needs socks. This delightful story follows Felipe around the town as he exchanges mangoes for socks and, ultimately, explains why he needs them. This book teaches manners, values and… Continue reading →

Area book events for April 19-25

Book events RENEW BOOK CLUB: 7 p.m., Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Reading Engaging Nonfiction to Expand our Worldview. JUST LISTEN TO YOURSELF: 1:30 p.m., State Library Seminar Center, 701 N. 4th St. Poets from throughout the state will read their works, including Ralph Adamo, Jack… Continue reading →

Lobrano’s tour of Paris written in memoir style

'Hungry for Paris'

“Hungry for Paris” by Alexander Lobrano. Random House, 2014. $18. Food writer Alexander Lobrano takes the reader on a gourmet tour of Paris in this updated edition of his 2008 guide. Detailing his 109 favorite restaurants, grouped geographically, the chapters are interspersed with short essays on life in… Continue reading →

Area book events for April 12 - 17

Book events TINY TALES STORYTIME: 10:30 a.m., Abbeville Library, 405 E. St. Victor St. ROD DREHER BOOK LAUNCH EVENT: 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Citiplace, 2590 Citiplace Court. Dreher will be signing copies of and… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Area Foundation seeking entries for Ernest Gaines literary award

Ernest Gaines

Entries for the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which includes a $10,000 prize, are being accepted through Aug. 15. The award is sponsored by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors and honors outstanding fiction (novels or short-story collections) from rising African-American authors and recognizes Louisiana native Gaines’ contributions to the literary world. A… Continue reading →

Well-researched book tells personal story of slavery

'Beyond Freedom's Reach' by Adam Rothman

“Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery” by Adam Rothman. Harvard University Press, 2015. $29.95. Historians tend to view slavery in economic and social terms. Adam Rothman, associate professor of history at Georgetown University goes beyond the institution itself to tell the very… Continue reading →

LSU instructor’s ‘Dispensations’ finalist for Book of Year

LSU instructor Randolph Thomas’ book “Dispensations” is a finalist for the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award. “Dispensations” is a short story collection that won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project in 2013. It is set in rural Virginia, where Thomas grew up in the 1960s and ’70s. “These stories are about… Continue reading →

Book events for March 29 - April 3

“THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL,” GARY L. STEWART: 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Conference Center, 930 North Blvd. Stewart will discuss his 12-year search for his father. (225) 753-4226 or “LOUISIANA’S SACRED PLACES,” DEBORAH BURST: Noon, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100… Continue reading →

‘Holy Mark’ explores priest’s dark secrets

'The Holy Mark' by Gregory Alexander

“The Holy Mark. The Tragedy of a Fallen Priest” by Gregory Alexander. Hill City Press, 2014. $14.99. “But we can’t keep our true selves bottled up forever. They’ve got to come out.” Native New Orleanian Gregory Alexander introduces us to Father Tony, originally born Joe Broussard,… Continue reading →

Book events for March 22 - 29

Book events GRACE & VIOLENCE IN THE STORIES OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR: 6:30 p.m., Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway. The Rev. John Blewitt, of Faith Presbyterian Church, will lead a discussion on Flannery O’Connor. ONE BOOK ONE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION:… Continue reading →

Women’s poetry reading celebrates 17 years

FILE - In this May 3, 2006, file photo, author James Patterson contemplates a question during an interview at his home overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach, Fla. Having handed out more than $1 million to help independent bookstores, James Patterson is now sharing his wealth with public school libraries. The best-selling author announced Monday, March 9, 2015, that he was donating $1.25 million through a grant program administered with Scholastic Reading Club.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

The Baton Rouge Gallery will host the 17th annual Women’s History Poetry Reading at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Original poems lasting three to four minutes about women, history or both will be read by a wide range of Louisiana women at the long-standing event, which is part of the “Sundays@4” series at the gallery, 1515 Dalrymple… Continue reading →

Book events for March 15-20

Book events “EDMUND UNRAVELS” BY ANDREW KOLB: 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble CitiPlace, 2590 CitiPlace Court. Activities to follow. GRACE AND VIOLENCE IN FLANNERY O’CONNOR’S STORIES: 6:30 p.m., Fairwood Branch, 12910 Old Hammond Highway. Rev. John Blewitt will lead a discussion… Continue reading →

Characters take journey to remember, if they can

'The Strange Library' by Haruki Murakami

“The Buried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. $26.95 The latest novel from Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Remains of the Day”) is set is the distant past in misty Britain. Axl and Beatrice, two elderly Britons, set off across a land filled with ogres and pixies and even… Continue reading →

La. attorney makes mark with ‘Crude Justice’

'Crude Justice: How I Fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should Know About the New Environmental Attack on America' by Stuart H. Smith

“Crude Justice: How I Fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should Know About the New Environmental Attack on America” by Stuart H. Smith. Ben Bella, 2015. $24.95. New Orleans lawyer Stuart Smith is a veteran of the fight against Big Oil and pollution. Making his mark… Continue reading →

Book events for March 8 - 13

Book events ED CULLEN, “MY RADIO LIFE”: 5 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Chapel, Dalrymple Drive. HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOOK CLUB: 7 p.m., Jones Creek Regional Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President” by Candace… Continue reading →

LSU book bazaar to be held March 5-7

Advocate staff photo by Beth Colvin -- Friends of the LSU Libraries Book Bazaar Chairwoman Anne West holds a German Bible from 1868.

Nestled in the palm of Anne West’s hand is a tiny Bible clothed in purple velvet and adorned with fantastically detailed brass inlay. It’s well over 100 years old, and the elegantly rendered text is in German. West can’t divulge much about the tiny book, other than to say it immigrated with a German family and… Continue reading →

Book events for March 5 - 8

Book events STORY TIME: 4 p.m., Amite Branch Library, 204 NE Central Ave. Story readings. READING FROM NOW HISTORY: One Home Front in World War II: 4 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. (225) 383-… Continue reading →

Books can make versatile and meaningful home-design elements

Associated Press photo by Beth J. Harpaz -- A solid wall of 4,000 paperback romance novels spelling out the word forever in an art installation at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. The work by John Salvest was part of a major contemporary art show at the museum in late 2013. Salvest said there was an 'underlying sadness' to collecting the discarded books from thrift shops in an era when fewer people read physical books.

— Some people love the look of a bookshelf stuffed with books, and what that represents. Others see books as clutter, and wonder why anyone owns them in the digital era. But the “well-chosen book,” or an artfully displayed stack of books, “can be as powerful as any other design element,” said… Continue reading →

Ignatius comes home with ‘One Book’ read

Photo provided by LSU Press -- The One Book, One Community Kick-Off Event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at  North Boulevard Town Square.This year's selection is 'A Confederacy of Dunces' by John Kennedy Toole.

Grab your cheese dip. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s One Book, One Community project’s selection is John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces,” a love letter to New Orleans that contains a famously sharp line about Baton Rouge. One Book, One Community kicks off Saturday with a New Orleans-style street party in Town Square,… Continue reading →

Festival of Words to host evening of oral history, poetry

Clemonce Heard

The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective is holding an evening of oral history and poetry at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event will feature poet Clemonce Heard, of New Orleans, and siblings Allen Charles, Earline Duplechaine and Rose Marie Perry, who will share personal stories. The event takes place at the… Continue reading →

Book Review: Rocking with The Ramones

'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone' by Marky Ramone

“Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone” by Marky Ramone with Rich Herschlag. Touchstone, 2015. $28. The Ramones are one of my favorite bands of all time, but I knew very little about Marky Ramone before reading this book. Marky Ramone might be the least well-known… Continue reading →

Book Events Calendar for Feb. 22, 2015

Best events LISTEN: The Words of Women: 2 p.m., The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. A celebration of local female writers as they read from their recent work. Renée Bacher, Claire Boudreaux Bateman, Dorothy Early Davis, Laurie Lynn Drummond, Ava Leavell Haymon, Jacqueline Dee… Continue reading →

150 years after assassination, Lincoln still resonates

'Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History

“Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History” by Richard Wightman Fox. W.W. Norton, 2015. $28.95. This year marks 150 years since Abraham Lincoln was killed by an assassin’s bullet as he took in a play, and there’s a slew of books to commemorate his life and legacy. This is among the best of them.… Continue reading →

‘Citizens Creek’ a true tale that offers a unique outlook

'Citizens Creek' by Lalita Tademy

“Citizens Creek” by Lalita Tademy. Atria Books, 2014. $26. Lalita Tademy has built her résumé by constructing period novels told in contemporary voices. In “Cane River,” Tademy delved into the French/black Creole fusion that produced a unique culture in the 1700s in central Louisiana.“Red River” was a sequel of sorts, but the… Continue reading →

La. native’s first novel has little bit of everything

'The Saints of Lost Things

“The Saints of Lost Things: A Novel” by C.H. Lawler. CreateSpace, 2014. $19.99. Love blooms as Hurricane Betsy sloshed ashore in Louisiana in 1965, and Louisiana native C.H. Lawler’s first novel takes Sammy Teague and Betsy Duplechain through a gauntlet of history, of class, of race and even a little bit of the… Continue reading →