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Louisiana workshop‘s ‘Little Mouse Santi’ honored

J.K. Rowling

Louisiana-based children’s workshop Confetti Park’s first publication, “The Little Mouse Santi,” was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. The book is written by New Orleans author David Eugene Ray. It’s a children’s book about a mouse who wants to be a cat. The book was illustrated by Santiago Germano of Uruguay, whose body of work… Continue reading →

Variety of mediums featured in Southern Review issue

The Southern Review’s winter volume mixes poetry, fiction, essays and art. Fiction from the LSU publication includes “Solee,” a domestic drama set in a small Korean town, from first-time contributor Crystal Hana Kim. A small Virginia community provides the backdrop for longtime contributor R.T. Smith’s “Just between Us,” which explores the joys — and many… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for Jan. 3, 2016

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Book events BOOK CLUB: 10:30 a.m. to noon, EBR Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road. Like it or Not Book Club will be discussing “Rivers” by Michael Farris Smith. BOOK CLUB: 6-7:30 p.m., Lafatte Public… Continue reading →

SLU professor publishes short stories collection

Photo provided by SLU Public Information Office -- Norman German

Southeastern Louisiana University English Professor Norman German has published a new collection of short stories. “Dead Dog Lying,” a series of stories placed along the Interstate 10 corridor from New Orleans to Texas, shines a light on society’s misfits and is largely based on events the author has experienced, dreamed or witnessed over his life. Many… Continue reading →

Turn the Tide: Resilience stressed for girls to succeed

Photo provided by Oxford University Press"Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture" is written by LSU professor Laura Choate.

Growing up has always been tough, but for girls today, it’s getting even harder, says author and counselor Laura Choate. The pressure to be sexy, smart and popular is hurting modern girls, says the LSU professor in her new book, “Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture.” “There really are a lot… Continue reading →

Jack, I think I should read other people

Oh, Jack Reacher. You were one of the first men I fell for when I started reading mystery series many years ago, but I fear the romance is gone. When we met, you were tall, stoic, and just a little smarter than everyone else, which I found charming. But now, those same traits that first attracted me to you have grown tiresome. You seem to repeat yourself and do the same thing book after book without revealing any new details about what makes you tick. Continue reading →

EBR library system earns five-star rating

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System has received the Library Journal’s America’s Star Libraries Award for the fourth consecutive year. This year, it’s also the state’s only library honored with the Journal’s five-star rating. In the previous three years, EBRPL was awarded the three-stars rating. Only 85 Library systems, or 1.1 percent across the nation,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for this week: Dec. 5-12

BOOK CLUB: 7 p.m., EBR Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Join the JCR Historical Society Book Club to discuss this month’s selection, “Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated a Nation” by Dean Jobb.… Continue reading →

New C.C. Lockwood book focuses on Louisiana’s Nature Conservancy sites

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Nature photographer C.C. Lockwood gets ready to snap an alligator at Lake Martin, one of many Nature Conservancy properties featured in his latest book, 'Louisiana Wild.'

Some day, C.C. Lockwood may run out of things to photograph in his adopted state. “Louisiana Wild” is the latest reason to be glad he hasn’t, yet. The acclaimed nature photographer’s wandering eye isn’t limited to the state’s boundaries, but since arriving at LSU from Fort Smith, Arkansas, in the late 1960s, he has developed a… Continue reading →

Center for Louisiana Studies displays rare archival works

SLU Public Information Office photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern graduate assistant Nicholas Heyd, of Covington. examines one of the rare books in an exhibit sponsored by the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies on the third floor of the Sims Memorial Library. With him are graduate student Megan Arledge, of Walker, and Faith Allen, a sophomore from Ponchatoula.

A new exhibit showcasing rare books and documents from Southeastern Louisiana University’s archives and other sources has opened in Sims Memorial Library on the Hammond campus. Housed in the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies on the library’s third floor, the exhibit was curated by the center’s student workers and will remain open in the viewing area at… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for Nov. 21-28

INTRODUCTION TO EREADERS: 4-6 p.m., EBR Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, Meeting Room 2, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. A beginner’s class showing how to use an eReader and the library’s databases, which contain free audio and ebooks and how to access them. Bring your eReader (iPad, Nook, Kindle, smartphone) to class. A script for various eReaders… Continue reading →

In ‘Land of Dreams,’ a vivid look at New Orleans’ colonial era

Photo by Cathy Weeks -- Eberhard L. Faber, author of "Land of Dreams."

To an impressionable college student, a professor can often seem like a rock star. And for students in Lo Faber’s classes at Loyola University, the professor really is a rock star. Before turning to serious academic life, Faber was the lead singer for the group God Street Wine for 12 years, then founded two other groups.… Continue reading →

T. Geronimo Johnson wins Ernest J. Gaines Award

Photo by ELIZABETH R. COWAN -- T. Geronimo Johnson

T. Geronimo Johnson’s novel “Welcome to Braggsville” is the winner of the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Now in its ninth year, the Gaines Award is a $10,000 annual prize created by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors to recognize outstanding work from rising African-American fiction writers while honoring Louisiana native Ernest… Continue reading →

Literary festival seeks authors to feature

The Dave Robicheaux Literary Festival is looking for published authors to feature April 8-10 in New Iberia. First priority goes to authors who have a connection to the Acadiana area or who have written about the area in one of their works. The material must be available for public purchase. Authors are invited to… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Finding Audrey’ explores anxiety, family dynamic

“Finding Audrey” by Sophie Kinsella, Delacorte Books for Young Readers , 288 pages, $19.99 hardcover Author Sophie Kinsella is most notably known for her chick literature “Shopaholic” series. Kinsella explores a more serious topic — teen mental illness — in “Finding Audrey.” The book opens a portal into… Continue reading →

Louisiana Book Festival to bring dozens of authors to sign books, greet fans in downtown Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- With dozens of authors, thousands of books, music, art and storytelling, the Louisiana Book Festival always draws a crowd. This year's event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

One of LSU’s greatest sports heroes. A man who believes his father was one of America’s most cold-blooded villains. Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski and Lady Torrance. No one can claim that this year’s Louisiana Book Festival will be narrow in scope. Of course, it never is. The 12th annual celebration of the written word takes place… Continue reading →

Oral history, songs on tap at Festival of Words event

Photo provided by Festival of Words -- Angie Joelle

The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective hosts an evening of oral history, songs and poetry on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The event, scheduled at 7 p.m.,will feature poet/songstress Angie Joelle and Donald Milton, who will share personal stories. The program takes place at Chicory’s Coffee & Café, 219 E. Martin Luther… Continue reading →

Authors set workshops in areas of expertise

The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is hosting five WordShops on Friday, Oct. 30, in Baton Rouge. Louisiana Book Festival author-instructors Kent Wascom, Alice Friman, Molly Antopol, Skip Horack, Christopher Schaberg and Sarah Russo will cover topics including historical fiction, poetry, fiction, nonfiction and publishing. “Waking the Dead:… Continue reading →

Two Louisiana libraries honored for accessibility

LSU Libraries and Louisiana Tech University’s Prescott Memorial Library have been honored by U.S. Government Publishing Office as 2015 Libraries of the Year. The 2015 Libraries of the Year are regional Federal Depository Library Program libraries recognized for demonstrating leadership, innovation and commitment to providing free public access to federal government information. The two Louisiana libraries… Continue reading →

Artists’ cats delight in Aycock’s hand

"Dufy's Cat" by Mary Moffitt Aycock

“Dufy’s Cat” by Mary Moffitt Aycock, La Plume de Tante, $12.95 Artist-about-town Mary Moffitt Aycock has produced a charming booklet about great artists’ cats. That’s right, their cats. “Dufy’s Cat” is a work of whimsy filled with Aycock’s colorful art and clever verse. There’s Raoul “Dufy’s Cat”… Continue reading →

Caught up in the web Novelist David Madden reflects on Civil War

“The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction” by David Madden, Rowman & Littlefield, $27.95 This collection of reviews, excerpts and opinion pieces is subtitled “Readings and Writings from a Novelist’s Perspective.” It is as a writer that David Madden is best known. He has… Continue reading →

Forward Arts sets poetry reading series

Local arts collective Forward Arts Inc. is reaching out to younger students. Called “heARTbeat,” the new elementary open mic poetry reading series is open to those in Grades 6 and below. Sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 15; Nov. 12; Jan. 14 and March 24. Venue will be the Hartley/Vey Workshop… Continue reading →

‘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. register.stpl.us/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=8849. 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 →