Book Events for June 23-June 29

Rod Dreher, American writer and editor, LSU graduate, and once again, resident of St. Francisville, will join The Foundation for Historical Louisiana members and guests as the featured speaker in its Heritage Lecture series at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.

The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. with a book signing immediately following. Dreher will lecture on his latest work, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life, a story about how a brother, his family, friends, students and a community come to grips with the unexpected cancer and death of their beloved 40-year-old Ruthie, and Dreher’s later decision to return home.

“The lesson is not that everybody should move to a small town, or should return to their hometown. The lesson is that you need your community more than you think, and that you should practice what the Benedictine monks call ‘stability.’ That is, do your best to stay in one place, put down roots, and resist the currents of our culture.” said Drehr in a recent blog discussion. The book was published by the Hachett Book Group and will be on sale at the event.

Dreher was born and raised in St. Francisville, left to complete his junior and senior high school years at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches, and then attended the LSU School of Journalism. He lived the majority of his writing career in Philadelphia. He returned to West Feliciana with his wife and three children after his sister’s death.

Dreher is known as a conservative editorial writer and is a regular columnist and blogger for The American Conservative and various newspapers. He is also the author of Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, Gun-Loving Organic Gardeners, Evangelical Free-Range Farmers, Hip Homeschooling Mamas, Right-Wing Nature Lovers, and Their Diverse Tribe of Countercultural Conservatives Plan to Save America (or at Least the Republican Party).

Dreher has also written extensively about the Catholic Church, its teachings and of the child abuse scandals by Catholic clergy.

The lecture is free for FHL members and $10 for guests. The event will be held in the East Room of the mansion. Individuals are urged to pre-register for the event via or by phone at (225) 387-2464.

Ascension Parish Library

The Main branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. in Gozales, hosts Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, for a reading and talk. Kane is a native of Boston who has lived in Louisiana for 37 years. She holds degrees from Cornell University, Boston University and LSU.

A former George Bennett Fellow in writing at Phillips Exeter Academy, New Orleans writer-in-residence at Tulane University and Fulbright Scholar to Lithuania, Kane is a Professor of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Her two most recent poetry collections are Rhythm & Booze (2003), Maxine Kumin’s selection for the National Poetry Series and a finalist for the Poets’ Prize, and Jazz Funeral (2009), David Mason’s choice for the Donald Justice Poetry Prize.

Kane will read some of her poetry and talk about the comeback of rhyme in contemporary poetry. Call (225) 647-3955 to reserve a seat.

Darrell Crawford will be at the Dutchtown branch, 13278 La. 73 in Geismar, at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, to teach participants about the hooks involved in fly tying.

There will be a demonstration on how to tie a “bream killer” lure and a “round popping bug” lure, as well as how to fit the rubber legs through the body of the lure.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, please call the library at (225) 673-8699.

EBR Parish Library

The Carver branch, 720 Terrace St., will host Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys, Orhan Pamuk’s Snow 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. The program will focus on Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk’s novel Snow. This program is part of the NEH grant “Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.” Copies of Snow are available to be checked out at Carver branch, where you may also pick up book discussion questions. For more information, call (225) 389-7450.

Book clubs:

 Science Fiction Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Greenwell Springs Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Members will discuss The Forever War by Joe Haldeman.

 JCR Books Into Movies Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Members will discuss The Associate by John Grisham.

 Teen Book Chat: Zombie Edition will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Central branch, 11260 Joor Road. Members will discuss books starring the relentless, repulsive, brain-craving zombie. For more information, call (225) 262-2644.

 Read Well @ Greenwell will meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Children ages 7-11 will meet and discuss the previous read. For more information or to register, call (225) 274-4460.

Livingston Parish Library

Book clubs:

 Sci Fi Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston. Members will discuss City of Pearl by Karen Traviss.

 South Branch Bookies will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the South branch, 23477 La. 444. Members will discuss The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

Lafayette Public Library

South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette, will host Author’s Alley Book Sale and Signing 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 23. The public is invited to meet and support local authors as they gather to sell and sign their books.


Stephanie Hepburn, author of Human Trafficking Around The World , will sign copies of her book 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at International House, 221 Camp St. in New Orleans. The event is hosted by Octavia Books.

Sheila Heti, author of How Should A Person Be?, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Items for Book Events were provided by The Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Ascension Parish Library, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library and Lafayette Public Library.