Book Events for Nov. 18

Murdock to speak at Southern University Law Center event

Deroy Murdock, Media Fellow at the Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University will speak about “From Memphis to Motown: How Black and White Musicians Helped Kill Jim Crow” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in room 130 of A.A. Lenoir Hall at Southern University. The event is sponsored by the Southern University Law Center Federalist Society as part of its fall speaker series.

Murdock’s talk will be co-hosted by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and Sports and Entertainment Law Association (SELA).

A nationally syndicated columnist with Scripps Howard News Service, Murdock writes political commentary for the Washington Times and his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Orange County Register, Dallas Morning News, and National Review. He is a New York-based senior fellow with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. The native of Los Angeles is a graduate of Georgetown University and also earned an MBA from New York University.

For more information, contact Federalist Society member, Adam Crepelle by email at Acrepelle@sulc.edu.

Arms contributes to book

Drew Lamonica Arms, LSU director of fellowship advising and professional-in-residence in the LSU Honors College, was selected as one of 36 top Brontë scholars who wrote about the literary work of the Brontë family for The Brontës in Context, available in January 2013 from Cambridge University Press.

“My chapter considers the influence of the Brontës’ sibling relationships on their writing,” Arms said. “They wrote as a family, commenting on each other’s work throughout their lives. I explore how this essential writing relationship is reflected in their publication history and their literary constructions of family. I’m honored to be included among the scholars in The Brontës in Context.”

Very few families produce one outstanding writer; the Brontë family produced three. The works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne remain immensely popular and are increasingly being studied in relation to the surroundings and wider context that formed them. The 42 new essays in this book tell “the Brontë story” as it has never been told before, drawing on the latest research and the best available scholarship while offering new perspectives on the writings of the sisters.

A section on Brontë criticism traces their reception to the present day. The works of the sisters are explored in the context of social, political and cultural developments in early 19th-century Britain, with attention given to religion, education, art, print culture, agriculture, law and medicine. Crammed with information, The Brontës in Context shows how the Brontës’ fiction interacts with the spirit of the time, suggesting reasons for its enduring fascination.

Autumn Southern Review

Paintings by New Orleans artist Regina Scully grace The Southern Review’s autumn 2012 issue, now available for purchase online at http://www.lsu.edu/tsr/ and in bookstores. The autumn issue features new work by 21 poets, including Floyd Skloot, Beth Bachmann, Julia B. Levine, and David Hernandez, whose stunning lyrical portrait of America, “All-American,” opens with these words: “I’m this tiny, this statuesque, and everywhere / in between, and everywhere in between / bony and overweight, my shadow cannot hold / one shape in Omaha, in Tuscaloosa, in Aberdeen.”

Fiction includes a novel excerpt from Kirstin Allio about a brother and sister growing up on a commune run by an enigmatic guru; Tamas Dobozy’s story of a son of Hungarian expats who uncovers a terrible secret that threatens to tear apart his community; a four-part story by Jamie Quatro about an illicit love affair; and new work from emerging writers Reese Okyong Kwon and Chinelo Okparanta.

Nonfiction by Albert Goldbarth, Jay Rogoff and Priscilla Long completes the issue. Goldbarth explores the 32,000-year-old cave paintings at Chauvet Cave in southern France through the lens of personal history; Rogoff examines the relationship between poetry and song; and Long traces the historical events of the turbulent year 1968, during which she worked for a major political publisher in Boston.

Regina Scully’s fragmentary landscapes of city life show a world where “both death and romance occur on the same corner.” Born in Norfolk, Va., Scully received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and lived in New York City before moving to New Orleans in 2003.

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, visit http://www.lsu.edu/tsr/.

EBR Parish Library

Tweens, teens and young adults are invited to a presentation and fitness demonstration at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Pride-Chaneyville branch, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road. Olympic athlete Kevin Marshall, who participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the Haitian cycling team and is a current LSU student and ROTC cadet, will be giving the program. For more information, call (225) 389-7450.

The Red, Write, and Blue letter-writing campaign’s aim is to inspire the community to write letters to members of the United States Armed Forces who are stationed abroad and look forward to mail from home. Visit http://www.amillionthanks.org/send-letter-guidelines-get-started for letter-writing guidelines. You can drop off your letters at the Library. For more information, call (225) 231-3710.

Do you geek astronomy? Come check out the evening sky through telescopes, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Eden Park branch, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road. The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society will be there to discuss astronomy and point out celestial objects. For more information, call (225) 231-3250.

12 Steps to a Compassionate Life discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. The group will discuss the 12th and final step in Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. For more information, call (225) 231-3710

Book clubs:

  •  Carver book club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Carver branch, 720 Terrace St. Members will discuss Defending Jacob by William Landay.
  •  JCR Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Members will discuss Catcher in the Rye by JD Sallinger.

Livingston Parish Library

Young Writers Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The Denham Springs-Walker Branch Young Writers Club is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 17. The goal of the club is to write for both publication and performance. Young writers are encouraged to explore their writing interests and develop their voice and style through exciting collaborative activities. Get one-on-one homework help this school year through Homework Louisiana. Tutoring in English, math, social studies, and science via live chats is available 2-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Homework Louisiana also features a Skills Center Resource Library available 24/7 that includes lessons, worksheets, study guides, and videos as well as test preparation materials for the ACT, SAT and other standardized tests. Homework Louisiana can be accessed from home computers with a library card.

Book club:

n Denham Springs-Walker Eclectic Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Members will discuss The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

Lafayette Public Library

Book club:

SRL Sleuths Mystery Book Club will meet 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette.

Members will discuss Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert.

There will be no Book Club meetings in December.

Library links

East Baton Rouge Parish Library: http://www.ebrpl.com/.

Livingston Parish Library: http://www.livingston.lib.la.us/.

Ascension Parish Library: http://main.ascension.lib.la.us/.

West Baton Rouge Parish Library: http://www1.youseemore.com/WBatonRouge/default.asp.

Iberville Parish Library: http://www.iberville.lib.la.us/.

West Feliciana Parish Library: http://wfplibrary.org/.

Audubon Regional Library: http://www2.youseemore.com/AUDUBON/.

Lafayette Public Library: http://lafayettepubliclibrary.org/.

St. James Parish Library: http://www.stjames.lib.la.us/.

St. John the Baptist Parish Library: http://www.stjohn.lib.la.us/.

St. Charles Parish Library: http://www.myscpl.org/.

Jefferson Parish Library: http://www.jefferson.lib.la.us/.

New Orleans Public Library: http://nutrias.org/.

St. Bernard Parish Library: http://www.stbernard.lib.la.us/.

St. Tammany Parish Library: http://www.sttammany.lib.la.us/home_flash.html.

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.

Signings

Debra Shriver, author of In the Spirit of New Orleans, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.

Shelby Tucker, author of Client Service, will be signing copies of his book 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 20, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans

Lesley Costner, author of Goodnight Acadiana, will sign copies of her book at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Barnes & Noble, 5705 Johnston St. in Lafayette.

Tina E. Grimes, author of Grandmother, Ceo: Caring, Elegant & Outstanding, will sign copies of her book at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at White Castle Community Center, WCHS Old Gym, 32725 Bowie St. in White Castle.

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, creator and editor of Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food, will sign copies of her book at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.

Lisa Simmons, author of 41D: Man of Valor, will sign copies of her book at 5 p.m. Friday Nov. 23, at Westbank Barnes & Noble, 1601B West Bank Expressway in Harvey.

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, creator and editor of Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food, will sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Westbank Barnes & Noble, 1601B West Bank Expressway in Harvey.

Stephanie Jones, author of The Puddin’ Spot, will sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Westbank Barnes & Noble, 1601B West Bank Expressway in Harvey.

Gillie Haynes, author of Sounds Like a Poem to Me, will sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Westbank Barnes & Noble, 1601B West Bank Expressway in Harvey.

Richard Sexton, photographer for New Roads and Old Rivers: Louisiana’s Historic Pointe Coupee Parish, will sign copies of his book at 1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 24, at Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie.

Phil Sandusky, author of New Orleans Impressionist Cityscapes, will sign copies of his book at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie.

David Spielman, author of When Not Performing: New Orleans Musician, will sign copies of his book at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie.

Baltimore poet Marc Marcel will read from his works at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Open Mic & Feature Artist Showcase at Gallery Bohemia, 3774 Government St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

Items for Book Events were provided by Southern University Law Center Federalist Society, LSU Media Center, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library and Barnes & Noble.