Book Events for June 9-June 15

Baton Rouge Irish Club to celebrate 9th annual Bloomsday

The ever-popular Bloomsday Celebration, hosted by the Baton Rouge Irish Club, will be held 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Baton Rouge Gallery at City Park, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Bloomsday is celebrated annually to commemorate the life of Irish novelist James Joyce and the fictitious events in his novel Ulysses. The word Bloomsday is derived from the name of the central character in the book, Leopold Bloom. The story takes place in Dublin during a single day, June 16, 1904 — the day on which he first went out with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle. The first Bloomsday celebration took place in Dublin in 1954 and a major five-month-long festival was held in Dublin in 2004. On the Sunday prior to the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday in 2004, more than 10,000 people gathered in the city to celebrate by enjoying an open air breakfast of sausages, rashers and black and white pudding. The Baton Rouge event will be commemorated with academic symposia, theatrical readings from the works of Joyce, Irish music, bagpipes, food, wine, a silent auction and general Irish merriment. Patrick McGee of LSU will give two presentations: a brief introduction and a presentation including video footage shot in Dublin. Readings from the writings of Joyce will be performed by several actors including Nancy Litton and Michael Katchmer of Swine Palace, as well as Dave Besse. Brian Breen will provide the music for the evening. Admission is free. Enjoy a bit of Ireland here in Baton Rouge.

For more information call Allen Kinney at (225) 328-0101 or visit the website at http://www.bririshclub.com.

Caire lecture

Almost everyone is fascinated with flying and its magical mechanical mysteries. But Vincent Caire’s love for aviation is far above the norm. It stems from his childhood and permeates through his life today as a pilot and as a historian for Louisiana’s 100 year history of aviation. Caire will be the featured speaker at the Foundation for Historical Louisiana Heritage Lecture on Thursday, June 13, at the Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. He will also sign his book, Louisiana Aviation-An Extraordinary History in Photographs, a publication of LSU Press. The Heritage Lecture Series is open to FHL members for free and $10 for guests. The public is invited to attend. The event begins at 6 p.m. with refreshments sponsored by Calandro’s Fine Wines and Select Cellars, and the lecture follows at 6:30 p.m. in the East Room of the mansion.

The author is a licensed pilot who has written for Air and Space Smithsonian Magazine and Aviation International News, among other publications. He wrote and produced the public television documentary film Sky Riders: Louisiana’s Aviation Pioneers.

Caire’s lecture will include highlights from the state’s history of flight accompanied by vintage and contemporary photographs of Louisiana’s pioneers and advocates for aviation. Caire’s knowledge spans the depth of aviation, including a history of many of the state’s 70 public airports. His book is 144 pages and includes 196 halftones.

Of particular interest to historians will be stories of early aviation figures including aircraft designer and racing pilot James Wedell, pioneering airline executive C. E. Woolman, founder of Delta Airlines, and the efforts of Harry P. Williams, co-founder of the Wedell-Williams Air Service in Patterson, Louisiana to obtain air mail contracts and develop viable postal air routes in the southeastern United States throughout the era of the Great Depression.

He will also share the remarkable renovation and restoration after Katrina of the Shushan Airport Terminal in New Orleans. Completed in 1933, it is one of the first modern, multi-operational Art Deco air terminals in the nation, a pet project of Governor/Senator Huey P. Long and sibling to the Louisiana State Capitol building, the Old Governor’s Mansion - host of this lecture series, and Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

EBR Parish Library

How many pigs like to be read to? Daisy does and her mission is to encourage youngsters to develop a love for reading. Join the library as Daisy and Farmer Minor present their Pig Out on Reading program. After the program, brave youngsters (and even some oldsters) can give Daisy a kiss. For ages 2-11.

For more information, call the individual branch. Times and locations:

  •  10 a.m. Monday, June 10 — Carver branch, 720 Terrace St.
  •  2:30 p.m. Monday, June 10 — Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.
  •  10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11 — River Center branch, 120 St. Louis St.
  •  2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 — Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.
  •  10 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 — Scotlandville branch, 7373 Scenic Highway
  •  2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 — Zachary branch, 1900 Church St.

Playmakers of Baton Rouge will present The Word Show at East Baton Rouge Parish Library. The program teaches children ages 5 and older about basic literary principles. The concepts of nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs are introduced with lots of fun audience participation to build a rudimentary understanding of grammar basics. For more information or to register, call the individual branch. Times and locations:

  •  10 a.m. Monday, June 10 — Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road
  •  10 a.m. Monday, June 17 — Pride-Chaneyville branch, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road
  •  2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 — Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.
  •  10:30 a.m. Monday, June 24 — Carver branch, 720 Terrace St.
  •  10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 25 — Fairwood branch, 12910 Old Hammond Highway
  •  2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 — Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road
  •  10 a.m. Wednesday, June 26 — Eden Park branch, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road
  •  4 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 — Delmont Gardens branch, 3351 Lorraine St.
  •  10 a.m. Thursday, June 27 — Zachary branch, 1900 Church St.
  •  2:30 p.m. Monday, July 8 — Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road
  •  10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11 — Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.
  •  2 p.m. Thursday, July 11 — Central branch, 11260 Joor Road
  •  10 a.m. Monday, July 15 — Scotlandville branch, 7373 Scenic Highway

Join staff at Eden Park branch, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road, at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, for a nature photography walk. Staff will lead visitors outside to snap memorable pictures of the outdoors. Can’t make it? Try Ed2Go for a variety of online photography courses. Check it out at the website, http://www.ebrpl.com. For more information, call (225) 231-3250.

Mary Manhein, head of LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services, will talk about her new fiction book, Floating Souls: The Canal Murders, at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15. For more information or to register, call (225) 658-1580.

Motivational speaker Carlton Thornton will show you how to face challenges and overcome obstacles in your life at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. For more information or to register, call (225) 756-1150.

Book clubs:

  •  Monday Morning Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 10, at the Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road. Members will discuss Beach Road by James Patterson.
  •  Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at noon Tuesday, June 11, at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Members will discuss quilting mysteries.
  •  Chapter Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Fairwood branch, 12910 Old Hammond Highway. Children ages 8-11 can take part in the club. For more information or to register, call (225) 924-9386.
  •  Delmont Gardens Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Delmont Gardens Branch, 3351 Lorraine St. Members will discuss African-American works.
  •  Eden Park Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Eden Park branch, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road. Members will discuss It Worked For Me by Colin Powell.
  •  Like It or Not Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Pride-Chaneyville branch, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road. Members will discuss Floating Souls: The Canal Murders by Mary Manhein. The author will be on hand.

Lafayette Public Library

Book club:

  •  SRL Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members will discuss Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein.

West Baton Rouge Parish Library

Karen Konnerth and the Calliope Puppet Theatre will present Real, Live Dinosaurs 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Addis Community Center, 7520 La. 1 South in Addis, and 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Port Allen Community Center, 749 N. Jefferson Ave. in Port Allen.

Livingston Parish Library

Soul Inspired Journaling group will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. New members are always welcome. Call the library at (225) 664-3963 for more information.

Book clubs:

  •  Mystery Mavens will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Denham Springs branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Members will discuss Desolate Angel by Chaz McGee.
  •  Adult Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St.in Livingston. Members will discuss Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese.
  •  Sunny Side Up Book club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss Heart Mender by Andy Andrews.
  •  Spine Tinglers Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss Turning Angel by Greg Iles.

Ascension Parish Library

Book club:

Tween Book Club will meet 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the Galvez branch, 40300 La. 42 in Prairieville. Tween Book Club will meet 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the Dutchtown branch, 13278 La. 73 in Geismar.

SCBWI meeting

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators will present at Skype Presentation by Kelly Milner Halls, Seattle-based author of more than 30 books and 1,500 magazine articles, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, on the third floor of the UNO Bicentennial Education Building, Founders Road, New Orleans. $15, SCBWI members, $20 nonmembers. The presentation will be followed by critique meeting. Visit http://scbwi-louisiana.org.

SOLA meeting, contest

Louisiana native and Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers Choice Award recipient Winnie Griggs will speak at the meeting of the Southern Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America (SOLA) at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Jefferson Parish Library East Bank branch, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. in Metairie. Presenting ‘Honing Your Pitch: Making the Most of Your Editor/Agent Appointment,’ Griggs aims at preparing aspiring writers for the nerve shattering 10 minute pitch that could jump start their career. For more information visit the website, http://solawriters.org/.

SOLA invites writers to enter the 8th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest. Begun in 2004 to honor the late SOLA member Linda Kay West who wrote under the name Dixie Kane, this national competition offers writers the opportunity to have their work critiqued by four industry professionals. First place winners in each category will be read by an editor of The Wild Rose Press. The Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest is open to published and unpublished writers in the following categories: short/long series contemporary, single title contemporary, historical romance, paranormal, inspirational, novel w/strong romantic elements, romantic suspense, and erotic romance. Submit the first five (5) pages along with a one page synopsis of your plot.

SOLA supports artists from the seeding of an idea through the outline and plotting stage to submitting a polished manuscript to an agent or publisher. Since its inception in 2004, the Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest has offered significant exposure for the winners in each of the eight (8) categories. Many past contestants have made use of the suggestions offered by Dixie Kane judges and found agents and publishers for their work.

The deadline for entering is Monday, July 15, and the entry fee is $15 per manuscript. For more information on the range of categories and entry rules, and a downloadable version of the entry form, go to SOLA’s website, http://www.solawriters.org

Slam Champion

Two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, Ed Mabrey is scheduled to perform and lead a writing workshop Sunday, June 9. The performance and workshop will be held at Gallery Bohemia, 3774 Government St.

Mabrey captured Poetry Slam Inc.’s Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) championship title in 2007 and 2012. He is also a National Poetry Slam team finalist, an Emmy-nominated actor, national best-selling poetry anthology contributor, motivational speaker and most recently filmed for season three of TV One’s Verses & Flow, a nationwide television show highlighting some of the best in spoken word and soul music. Mabrey has toured internationally and conducted performances and workshops at more than 50 colleges and universities This performance and workshop is a part of the weekly series, Soul’d out Sundays, at Gallery Bohemia. The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. and is $5, doors open for the performance at 7 p.m. and is $10; attendees who come for both the writing workshop and performance will pay $12.

Voices In Summer

Voices Seasonal Reading Series offers the summer installment of its literary reading series, “Voices In Summer: J. Bruce Fuller and Elizabeth Burk,” at Carpe Diem! Gelato-Espresso Bar, 812 Jefferson St. in Lafayette, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, June 15. The public is invited to enjoy gelato, espresso, tea, and pastries while experiencing a unique and enlightening literary event.

Fuller is a Louisiana native. His chapbooks include Notes to a Husband (Imaginary Friend Press 2013), Lancelot (Lazy Mouse Press 2013), and 28 Blackbirds at the End of the World (Bandersnatch Books 2010), and he is the co-editor of Vision/Verse 2009-2013: An Anthology of Poetry just released through Yellow Flag Press. His poems have appeared at Crab Orchard Review, Harpu Palate, Pembroke Magazine, Yankee Pot Roast, The Louisiana Review, burntdistrict, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, among others. He is a PhD Assistant in Poetry at UL-Lafayette.

Burk is a psychologist who divides her time between a practice in New York and a husband in southwest Louisiana. Her chapbook, Learning to Love Louisiana, was recently published by Yellow Flag Press. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including Rattle, Calyx, Atlanta Review, Louisiana Review, Spillway, South Carolina Review, Workers Write: Tales from the Couch, The Examined Life, New Madrid and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol IV, Louisiana.

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

Bloomsday in New Orleans

The Irish House, 1432 St.Charles Ave. in New Orleans, will be the site of a Bloomsday celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16. The event is a celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses, appropriately on Father’s Day. Read or just join the crowd and enjoy good food and drink. All are welcome to read, up to 10 minutes max. Featuring guest readers will be John Joyce, The Brothers Goat (Michael Jeffrey Lee and Christopher Hellwig), Vincent Cellucci, Pandora Gastelum, Herbert Kearney, and Susan Larson.

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.

St. Martin Parish Library: http://www.stmartinparishlibrary.org.

Writers’ group

Barnes & Noble Westbank, 1601B West Bank Expressway in Harvey, is hosting a Writers’ Group 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. 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

Andy Cohen, author of Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture, will sign copies of his book 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Erin Greenwald, author of A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.

Erin Greenwell, author of Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies, will sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.

Mary Ann Sternberg, author of River Road Rambler: A Curious Traveler along Louisiana’s Historic Byway and Along The River Road, will sign copies of her books 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Cottonwood Books, 3054 Perkins Road.

Henry S. Bradsher, author of The Dalai Lama’s Secret and Other Reporting Adventures: Stories from a Cold War Correspondent, will sign copies of his book at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.

Johnny Ishmel Henry, author of Diversity vs. Racism: A Challenge to Mankind, Reflections of Life: For the Heart and Soul, Success: The Inner Treasures of Life, and The Adventures of Astro Kid and Space Dog Leroy will sign copies of his books at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Barnes & Noble Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10 in Mandeville.

Van R. Mayhall, Jr., author of Judas the Apostle, will sign copies of his book at noon Saturday, June 15, at Barnes & Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10 in Mandeville.

Items for Book Events were provided by Baton Rouge Irish Club, The Foundation for Historical Louisiana, West Baton Rouge Museum, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library, Livingston Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators, Southern Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America, Gallery Bohemia, Voices Seasonal Readings Series and The Irish House.