Book Events for May 5-May11

Gregory Grandy, environmental manager, landscape architect and volunteer environmental educator, is passionate about Louisiana’s landscape, particularly preserving its coast. Grandy’s lifework is dedicated to preserving Louisiana’s coastline, a topic he will share at the Thursday, May 9, Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s monthly Heritage Lecture. The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. at FHL headquarters in the Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.

The lecture, titled “Coastal Environment of Louisiana,” is free to FHL members and $10 for guests. The public is invited to attend.

Grandy, a landscape architect who has spent the majority of his career leading multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams in planning and implementation of coastal restoration projects, is a Senior Environmental Manager with Coastal Engineering Consultants. He previously worked with the state of Louisiana, where he was the program manager responsible for the development and initial implementation of the Louisiana Coastal Impact Assistance Plan. Louisiana was the first state to have their CIAP plan approved, the first state to have CIAP grants awarded and the first state to construct coastal restoration projects using CIAP funding.

Along the way, he has been educating students and residents on ecology and the environment. He served as founding director of BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center and was the host of the LPB education series EnviroTacklebox. The educational video series, designed for middle school students, focused on environmental education topics. The goals of the series was to stimulate student interest in environmental issues and develop critical thinking skills to support decision making. The series consists of five modules, each containing five episodes. Each module has lessons, a teacher guide, and student activities.

Grandy is the president-elect of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Calandro’s Fine Wines and Select Cellars will host refreshments at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the East Room of the mansion. For more information, call (225) 387-2464 or visit http://www.fhl.org.

German-American Studies

The Society for German-American Studies with The Historic New Orleans Collection will host the 37th annual Society for German-American Studies conference Thursday-Sunday, May 9-12, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St. in New Orleans

Registration is required and local rates start at $25. Visit http://sgas.org/symposium/ for more information.

The conference will promote the study and appreciation of this region’s long and complex German history.

The SGAS is an international professional organization dedicated to encouraging and advancing the scholarly study of the history, language, literature and culture of the German element in the Americas. Members of the SGAS include representatives from various academic disciplines who share a common interest in German-American Studies. The organization’s annual conference is open to local scholars and German history enthusiasts. All participants, however, must register.

This year’s SGAS conference — held in a different city every year, always with a focus on that place’s German heritage — celebrates a German-New Orleans homecoming. The earliest German settlers to Louisiana arrived in 1721, only three years after the city of New Orleans was founded. Establishing a community upriver from the city, the settlement in and around present-day St. Charles Parish gave rise to that area’s nickname, the “German Coast.”

The 19th century saw an influx of immigrants from all across the globe, including Germans, into the city via the port. They brought with them a preference for lager beer, helping it to become a common brew in the city, and they organized large citywide German festivals, such as the city’s first Volksfest, held in 1854. New Orleans was even home to the country’s first recorded German theater, noted in the Daily Picayune in 1839.

The Historic New Orleans Collection houses an extensive collection of materials relating to the German influence in Louisiana.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit the SGAS website at http://sgas.org/symposium/.

THNOC is hosting on-site registration from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at 533 Royal St. Registration continues from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, May 10, at THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., after which the conference’s Plenary Session will take place in the WRC’s Cruise Room. All following sessions will take place at the Royal Sonesta.

Atkinson to speak

Fans of Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author Rick Atkinson will have the exclusive opportunity to pre-purchase the renowned author’s new book The Guns at Last Light during a special event beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. in New Orleans. The museum will host Atkinson’s official book pre-release event, presented in partnership with 89.9 WWNO-FM, on the 68th anniversary of V-E Day.

The long-awaited third book in Atkinson’s “Liberation Trilogy” will not be available to the general public until May 14. Atkinson will also give a presentation as part of the evening followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

The Guns at Last Light, published by Henry Holt and Company, recounts the final year of the European war, from Normandy and the invasion of southern France, through the liberation of Paris, the race to the German border, the battles of Hurtgen Forest and the Bulge and the other monumental struggles leading to the Third Reich’s surrender on May 8, 1945.

A 5 p.m. reception will precede a 6 p.m. presentation, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing in the Museum’s new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Guests can register at the Museum’s website, http://www.nationalww2museum.org, or by calling (877) 813-3229, ext. 412, or emailing conferences@nationalww2museum.org.

Southern Review

Photographed dioramas by artist Lori Nix adorn The Southern Review’s spring 2013 issue, now available for purchase online at http://thesouthernreview.org and in bookstores.

The spring issue features new work by 21 poets, including translations of Ghalib by M. Shahid Alam and original poems by Carol Ann Davis; Anna Journey; David Bottoms; Corey Van Landingham; and Jake Adam York, to whom the issue is dedicated. Taken from York’s award-winning series on the civil rights movement, the three new poems in the issue represent some of York’s final work from this important project.

James Lee Burke contributes “Going across Jordan,” a tense page-turner about two men on the run and a corrupt Hollywood cowboy with an agenda of his own. Tamas Dobozy returns to the pages with a piece about utopian dreams. Other fiction includes a story of unrequited love and a high school heavy-metal band by Chip Cheek; a fabulist tale about the mysterious appearance of stones in a village by Mika Seifert; and a short story about two young runaways in South Florida by Pushcart Prize-winning author Jaquira Díaz.

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s essay “Crimes against a Wrecker Driver” takes readers behind the scenes at a salvage shop in a true-crime piece about violence and forgiveness. Kirk Curnutt’s “Once Again to Zelda” examines the role the influential biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda Fitzgerald has played in American culture.

Nix’s dioramas depict the built environment devoid of people. Shopping malls, museums, libraries, and theaters in a state of ruin as nature encroaches are meticulously constructed and photographed, resulting in beautiful and eerie artifacts from an imagined future. Nix’s work has been shown in the Henry Art Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Founded in 1935 by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, The Southern Review is published four times a year on the campus of LSU. For more information, contact Erin Rolfs at erolfs@lsu.edu or (225) 578-8282.

Voices in Mid-Spring

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, Voices Seasonal Reading Series offers a special installment of its literary reading series, Voices in Mid-Spring: Marthe Reed, Clare L. Martin and Emily Thibodeaux, at Carpe Diem! Gelato – Espresso Bar, 812 Jefferson St. in Lafayette. The public is invited to enjoy gelato, espresso, tea, and pastries while experiencing a unique and enlightening literary event.

Reed is the author of three books: (em)bodied bliss (Moria Books 2013), Gaze (Black Radish Books 2010) and Tender Box, A Wunderkammer with drawings by Rikki Ducornet (Lavender Ink 2007). A fourth book, Pleth, a collaboration with j hastain, is in press (Unlikely Books).

Martin’s debut collection of poetry, Eating the Heart First, was published in 2012 by Press 53 as a Tom Lombardo Selection. She is a lifelong resident of Louisiana, a graduate of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a member of the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective and a Teaching Artist through the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Martin founded and directs the Voices Seasonal Reading Series in Lafayette, which features new and established Louisiana and regional writers.

Thibodeaux is a writer and teacher living in Lafayette. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from the ULL and her MFA from Columbia University in fiction. Thibodeaux has poetry published by Ahadadabooks online, and two short stories due to be published; one is put out by Writer’s Bloq, an online community of writers of which she is a member of the collective presse, and also a new journal run out of Baton Rouge, called Belle Journal of which she is a member of the selection committee. She teaches English at South Louisiana Community College and is at work on her first novel.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Martin at martin.clarel@gmail.com or (337) 962-5886.

Salon event

The May salon at The Black Widow Salon at Crescent City Books, 230 Chartres St. in New Orleans will be held at 7:15 p.m. Monday, May 6. The salon welcomes Lawrence Powell and Rich Campanella. The Tulane historian and the geographer, both award-winning, will be discussing their work and New Orleans. This is not a lecture but a salon in which attendees are invited to participate. Powell is the author of several books, including, most recently, the acclaimed Harvard University Press-published The Accidental City. Campanella is the author of six critically acclaimed books on the geography of New Orleans, including, most recently, Lincoln In New Orleans.

EBR Parish Library

“Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Video Presentation: Islamic Art” will be offered 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Carver branch, 720 Terrace St. This program will be a video presentation of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, an introduction to the art and architecture found across the Islamic world. The program is part of continuing programming supported by the NEH.

Book clubs:

 The Evening Book Club will meet 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road. Members will discuss Some People, Some Other Places by J. California Cooper. Call (225) 778-5940 for more information.

 Teen Book Chat will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the River Center branch, 120 St. Louis St. If you are a teen with a favorite love story, go to the meeting to chat about your favorite romantic books. Snacks will be provided. Teen Book Chat is for teens 12-17. For more information, call (225) 389-4959.

Livingston Parish Library

Soul Inspired Journaling group will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. The members will explore the personal benefits of journaling. For details, call the library at (225) 664-3963.

Book clubs:

 Adult Book Club will meet 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Monday, May 6, at Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond. Members will discuss The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian.

 Mystery Mavens Book Club will meet 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Prospective members are invited to hone their problem-solving skills while reading great mysteries, and to share the thrill of the chase and the sweet taste of justice with other enthusiasts of the mystery genre.

Livingston Book Club will meet 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, May 9, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston.

Sunny Side Up-Inspirational Book Club will meet 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. The club meets the second Thursday of each month to discuss inspirational and uplifting fiction. For more information about this group, email the group leader, Toni Terral, at tterral@mylpl.info.

Lafayette Public Library

The Alexandre Mouton House/Lafayette Museum and the Lafayette Public Library will present Civil War experts Brad Broussard and R.J. Boutte, who will speak on the difficult lives of the soldiers, both North and South, who fought in the swamps of Louisiana at “Voices from the Past: Letters and Artifacts from Civil War Soldiers” 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 5. The event will be at Alexandre Mouton House/Lafayette Museum, 1122 Lafayette St. in Lafayette. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Signings

Erin Greenwald, editor of A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies, will sign copies of her book 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday May 7, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Wenonah Hauter, author of Foodopoly, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Jean Morgan Meaux, author of In Pursuit of Alaska: An Anthology of Travelers’ Tales 1879-1909, will sign copies of her book 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday May 9, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Rebecca Emberley, author of The Itsy Bitsy Spider, will sign copies of her book at 11 a.m. Saturday May 11, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Van R. Mayhall, Jr., author of Judas the Apostle, will sign copies of his book at noon Saturday, May 11, at Barnes & Noble CitiPlace, 2590 CitiPlace Court.

Michelle Hirstius, author of Juju the Good Voodoo and New Orleans Voodoo Arena Football Mascots, will sign copies of her books at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Barnes & Noble Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville.

Jackson Galaxy, author of Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean, will sign copies of his book 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday May 11, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Items for Book Events were provided by Foundation for Historical Louisiana, The Historic New Orleans Collection, National World War II Museum, Southern Review, Clare L. Martin, Kim Zabbia, Crescent City Books, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library and Barnes & Noble.