Children’s author will sign books at Essence Festival

Alexander McConduit, an author and founder of W.R.I.T.E., an organization that works to transform students into published authors, will host an Essence Festival book signing at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in the Essence Bookstore at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans, for his third children’s book, Thorn in My Horn.

In Thorn in My Horn, a cheerful, rhyming picture book with illustrations by Darrell Rollo, McConduit explores the life of a young New Orleans musician who loves to play his trumpet, but whose mother can not stand the noise.

Other McConduit book signings:

2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at A Tisket A Tasket, 910 Decatur St. in New Orleans.

11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Maple Street Bookshop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.

Remembering the Civil War

Louisiana historian and author Thomas Richey will help mark the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War by presenting “The 4th Louisiana at the Battle of Baton Rouge” at noon Thursday, July 11, at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

His talk will cover his research on The Tirailleurs, a company of soldiers from Brusly Landing in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Richey was doing genealogy research when he discovered that the 4th Louisiana Infantry had been all but forgotten by history, prompting five years of reasearch on the topic. His books include Tirailleurs: A History of The 4th Louisiana and the Acadians of Company H, (2003) and The Battle of Baton Rouge, (2005).

This lunchtime lecture is sponsored by the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, a program of the National Park Service and the Louisiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch. Visit

Wolf’s New Orleans

Peter M. Wolf, a sixth-generation member of a New Orleans commercial family and a nationally recognized land planning, urban policy and asset management authority, will appear at a luanch event for his book, My New Orleans, Gone Away: A Memoir of Loss and Renewal, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Visit for more on this and other events at the store.

Martin’s Revolution

Brett Martin discusses and signs his book, Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From the Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans. Visit for more information.

Muth’s Beach

Susan G. Muth will sign copies of her book, The Beach at Herculaneum at noon Saturday, July 13, at Barnes and Noble, 3414 La. 190, Suite 10 in Mandeville. Call (985) 626-8884.

Lewis’ novel named finalist

The sixth annual Next Generation Indie Book Awards has recognized Surly Bonds by LSU graduate Michael Byars Lewis, of Navarre, Fla., as a finalist in the first novel category (more than 80,000 words).

This national award, based in New York City, is open to all indie book authors and publishers.

Works published in 2012 and 2013 were eligible for consideration. Visit for more inforation about the contest.

Surly Bonds, a military thriller published by SATCOM Publishing, revolves around a struggling young Air Force second lieutenant with a high profile father. All Jason Conrad wants to do is fly jets. But his secret is too big to keep hidden, and his struggles in pilot training soon become overshadowed by gambling, scandal, and murder.

Lewis, the author, is an experienced professional pilot with more than 5,000 hours in a variety of aircraft. A graduate of Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, he has served more than 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, both active duty and Air Force Reserve as well as more than two years as a commercial airline pilot.

Slam poetry fundraising

The 2013 Eclectic Truth Baton Rouge National Poetry Slam Team is raising funds for its trip to compete in August at the National Poetry Slam in Boston.

The team is soliciting funds online at

EBR Parish Library

“The Bone Lady” Mary Manhein, an author and director of LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services, will talk to teens at the Zachary Branch, 1900 Church St., at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, about her experiences in forensic anthropology during the last 27 years as well as her latest book and first novel, The Canal Murders.

Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing. Call (225) 658-1870.

The Chapter Book Club, for children ages 7 through 11, meets at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway. Participants will take turns reading aloud from The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin and make bookmarks. Call (225) 924-9386.

Writers groups:

The Westbank Writers’ Group of novices to serious authors meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes and Noble, 1601B West Bank Expressway in Harvey. Call (504) 263-1146

The Young Writers Club, open to those ages of 10 to 17, meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Livingston Parish Library Denham Springs-Walker Branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Call (225) 665-8118.

The Writers Circle — for published and unpublished adult writers of fiction or nonfiction for adults, young adults, or children — meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Livingston Parish Library Denham Springs-Walker Branch. Call (225) 665-8118.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators will have a critique meeting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, on the Third Floor of the University of New Orleans Bicentennial Education Building on Founders Road in New Orleans. Visit for more information.

Educator, writer and radio personality Pamela Kopfler will tell members of the Southern Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America about how to play the writing contest circuit like a diva. The chapter meets at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Jefferson Parish Library, East Bank, 4747 West Napoleon Ave. in Metairie. Visit

Compiled by Advocate staff