Book Events for Nov. 11

EBRP Library adds digital magazines

The library has a new online service, Zinio digital magazines. With Zinio, library users can subscribe to digital magazines for free using their library card. With a startup collection of more than 200 titles, Zinio offers a wide variety of popular and topical publications. Choices range from lifestyle to business and technology; from craft and hobby magazines to sports and entertainment. There are titles for everyone including teens and children. Magazines through Zinio are digital versions of the print titles, including ads, photographs, and page layout; the only difference is they display on your computer or e-device and are searchable. The library’s collection includes Us, Mental Floss, Apple Magazine, Women’s Health and Men’s Health, The Economist, ESPN the Magazine, and ConsumerReports. The library also has Spanish and French titles like Cosmopolitan en Español, Cocina Facil, and Les Idees de ma Maison.

To access Zinio, first visit and click the Digital Library tab. Click on Zinio. Once you select Zinio, you will need to validate using your library card number and then you’ll be taken to Zinio’s site to create an account (it’s free). When your account is set up, you can start choosing magazines from our collection. When new issues are published, Zinio will send you an email to let you know. There’s no checkout or check-in. Your Zinio magazines are yours to read at your leisure.

These magazines are not tied to your computer either. You can read Zinio’s magazines on Apple and Android tablets or smartphones with the free Zinio app (not available for Barnes & Noble Nook owners). For more information, call (225) 231-3750 or visit our Zinio Infoguide at

Meet authors of books for young adults and for the young at heart 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Authors include Shelly Crane, Rachel Higginson, Georgia Cates, M. Leighton, Amy Bartol, Monique O’Connor James and Laura Burks. The group will gather to exhibit their books and speak to fans. For more information, call (225) 756-1150.

Motivational speaker Carlton Thornton will speak to students, parents and teachers about coping and change at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Thornton offers practical and valuable knowledge and tools to equip listeners to deal with life’s challenges. He explains core issues such as procrastination, rationalizing and denial that stand in between an individual and his dreams. Taking responsibility for one’s life involves showing up, suiting up and stepping up to handle your own responsibilities. For more information or to register, call (225) 756-1150.

Tweens, teens and young adults are invited to a presentation and fitness demonstration by Olympic athlete Kevin Marshall at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Carver branch, 720 Terrace St. Marshall participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the Haitian cycling team, and is a current LSU student and ROTC cadet. For more information, call (225) 389-7450.

Book clubs:

  •  Monday Morning Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at the Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road. Members will discuss Storyville by Lois Battle.
  •  Bluebonnet Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Members will discuss The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West.
  •  Delmont Gardens Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Delmont Gardens branch, 3351 Lorraine St. Members will discuss The Soloist by Steve Lopez.
  •  Eden Park Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Eden Park branch, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road. Members will discuss The Other Side of Goodness by Vanessa Davis Griggs.
  •  Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at noon Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Members will discuss Island Mysteries.
  •  Read Well Book Club will meet at noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch. Together children ages 7-11 will meet and discuss the previous read and present their individual visuals related to the story. Following the readings, the author and title of the next read will be introduced. For more information or to register, call (225) 274-4460.

Livingston Parish Library

Friends of the Livingston Library System (FOLLS) will hold a book sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road Denham Springs. Hardcover books will be available for $1 each. Paperbacks and children’s book will sell for 25 to 50 cents each. Call (225) 667-3918.

A new group has been formed to explore the personal benefits of journaling. Interested persons are invited to attend the group’s meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Call the library at (225) 664-3963 for more information.

Ascension Parish Library

Come spend a morning in Louisiana’s past through the activities of two 1853 New Orleans girls, Marie-Grace and Cecile, who become best friends although they seem very different when they first meet. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, The Dutchtown branch, 13278 La. 73 in Geismar, will host an American Girl event featuring ideas from the various books in the Marie-Grace and Cecile series. Some French terms that were used during that time will be practiced, as well as a couple of games from that time period will be played. Then, a masque that the girls could have made to wear to the masquerade ball will be crafted in two sizes, un grand and un petit. So, s’il vous plait, attend and bring along your best ami for the fun and festivities.

This program is designed for children in the 2nd through 5th grades, but all interested children are welcome to attend. Register by calling the library at (225) 673-8699. Space is limited so be sure to register as early as possible.

Book club:

  •  Teen Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Galvez branch, 40300 La. 42 in Prairieville. Are you a young adult who enjoys reading? This program is open to all teens 6th grade and above. Come talk about the book you are reading with other like-minded people and enjoy some light refreshments. For further information, call the library at (225) 622-3339.

Lafayette Public Library

The Center for Louisiana Studies will host visiting scholar José Manuel de Molina Bautista for a presentation on the Spanish founders of New Iberia at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the South Regional branch auditorium, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. The presentation highlights the immigrant experience of 16 families who traveled from Malaga, Spain, to settle in “Luisiana,” under the governorship of fellow Malagueño Bernardo de Galvez.

Book Club:

  •  SciFi/Fantasy Book Club will meet 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members will discuss Winning Mars by Jason Stoddard.

W. Feliciana Parish Library

Advanced Readers’ Club will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the library, 11865 Ferdinand St. in St. Francisville.

Library links

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Baggett to give lecture

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Ashley Baggett, Ph.D. Candidate in History, will present a noontime lecture, “From 1920s Flappers to 1950s Housewife: Women of the Greatest Generation” at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave. in Port Allen. The lecture complements the exhibit, Our Stories, Our Lives: America’s Greatest Generation.

Born into an era that advanced women’s rights socially and politically, most women of the Greatest Generation began life when gender norms were in flux. Many women in the 1920s defied traditional roles by voting, smoking, dancing and wearing new fashions. The two World Wars opened new opportunities for women to work outside their homes, followed by the post WWII era when there seemed to be a sudden reversal of attitudes towards embracing domesticity. Baggett will take attendees on a journey to explore the story of the women of the Greatest Generation. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (225) 336-2422 ext. 15 or visit

Owen to speak at Nicholls

What does it take to succeed — in school, in a career, in life? Nicholls State University invites the public to explore that question and more during a free lecture by author Jim Owen on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Owen will address the public at two events: a question-and-answer session will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a lecture at 7 p.m., both in Peltier Auditorium.

The Try: Reclaiming the American Dream, Owen’s inspirational book published in 2010, was selected for the 2012–13 Nicholls Common Book initiative, an annual program intended to unite the reading experiences of incoming freshmen.

Through the stories of 12 average people who have achieved great success, Owen argues that it’s not talent, money or intelligence that separates those who succeed from those who fall short. Rather, he says it’s “the try” — a “blend of passion, attitude and effort that enables ordinary people to do extraordinary things.” A successful businessman for 35 years, Owen began reinventing himself after the numerous corporate scandals of the early 2000s. He founded the nonprofit Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership and set out to spread the message that “we can all be heroes in our own lives.”

Owen’s appearance is co-sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. Copies of The Try will be on sale at the lecture.

Sierra Club discussion

Peggy Reilly and Barrett Kennedy will discuss “Leave No Trace” at a meeting hosted by the Baton Rouge Group of the Sierra Club at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Backpacker, 7656 Jefferson Highway. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (225) 938-9353.

Hembree to speak

Coffee Talk, UNO Women’s Center’s lecture series, will host poet Carolyn Hembree, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the UNO Liberal Arts Lounge, LA 197. Hembree will discuss her book, Skinny, the publisher Kore Press and resources for women writers. For more information, call (504) 280-7385 or email Beth Blankenship at

SOLA meeting

Are you an author interested in learning more about social marketing? Southeastern Louisiana Romance Writers of America’s November meeting, Saturday, Nov. 17, brings national expert Kristen Lamb to New Orleans. Lamb will speak about “The Writer’s Guide to Social Media.” SOLA meetings begin at 10 a.m. and are held at the Jefferson Parish Library Eastbank branch, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. in Metairie. For more information, visit

New Orleans Bookfair

The Historic New Orleans Collection has returned as a sponsor of the New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 725 Magazine St. in the Warehouse District, right across the street from the Crescent City Farmer’s Market.

Now in its 11th year, the annual event celebrates authors, publishers and books created in New Orleans and the surrounding area. In addition to sponsoring the event, The Collection will have a table featuring its recent publications, including Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans.

Other participants in the 2012 New Orleans Bookfair include Antigravity Magazine, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press and Crescent City Comics, among other local publishing ventures.

Visit for the full list of vendors and the full schedule of events.

Writers’ Group

Barnes & Noble is hosting a Writers’ Group, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays at Westbank Barnes & Noble, 1601B West Bank Expressway, Harvey. This is a networking and critiquing forum for writers of all skill levels.

Be prepared to read what you are working on, to take constructive criticism and to give it.


Poet Clare L. Martin, author of Eating the Heart First, will sign copies of her book at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Carpe Diem Gelato-Espresso Bar, 812 Jefferson St. in Lafayette.

Martha Fitzgerald, author of The Courtship of Two Doctors, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Monday Nov. 12, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

David Spielman and Fred Lyon, authors of When Not Performing: New Orleans Musicians, will sign copies of their book 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Garden District Books Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Michael Allen Zell, author of Errata, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Barrister’s Gallery, 2331 St. Claude Ave. in New Orleans, and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Krewe Du Brew Coffee House, 1610 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans.

Nelwyn Hebert and Warren A. Perrin, co-authors of Iberia Parish, will do a joint book signing 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Sliman Theater for Performing Arts, 129 E. Main St. in New Iberia.

B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger , will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 14, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Suzanne Johnson, author of River Road, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Maple Street Book Shop Bayou St. John location, 3141 Ponce de Leon in New Orleans.

Deb Shriver, author of In the Spirit of New Orleans, will sign copies of her book 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Hilda S. Krousel, author of Landmarks and Monuments of Baton Rouge, will sign copies of her book at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.

Smiley Anders, author of Smiley! A Laughing Matter, will sign copies of his book at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.

Items for Book Events were provided by East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library, West Feliciana Parish Library, West Baton Rouge Parish Museum, Nicholls State University, Sierra Club, UNO Women’s Center, Southeastern Louisiana Romance Writers of America, The Historic New Orleans Collection and Barnes & Noble.