Book Events for June 16-June 22

McCusker to speak at Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales

Edward “Kid” Ory and his band created the first African-American New Orleans jazz recordings ever made. Kid Ory’s music captured the spirit of the jazz age, and his most famous composition from that period, “Muskrat Ramble,” is a jazz standard. Who was Kid Ory? Visit the Ascension Parish Library Main branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. in Gonzales, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, when John McCusker, biographer and longtime photojournalist now with The Advocate, addresses this question and many others about this young man who was raised on a rural sugar cane plantation and changed the world with his music.

Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz boosts the reputation of Edward “Kid” Ory, a trombonist, composer, recording artist and an early New Orleans jazz band leader, as a key player in the evolution of jazz. The book tells Ory’s story from birth in a French-speaking ethnically mixed family on Woodland Plantation in LaPlace to his emergence in New Orleans as the city’s hottest band leader. According to McCusker, “Ory played what he called soft ragtime, but today we know it as jazz.” The Ory band featured such future jazz stars as Louis Armstrong and Joe “King” Oliver, and later Ory moved to Chicago where he made records with Oliver, Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton that captured the spirit of the jazz age.

Following the author’s presentation, there will be a book signing and a special performance by several members of the Dutchtown High School Jazz Band led by Eric Stewart who will perform during a reception as a tribute to Kid Ory and the pioneers from the early years of jazz.

For more information, or to register, call the library at (225) 647-3955.

Dead men tell no tales … or do they? To some people, bones do tell a story. Mary Manhein, renowned forensic anthropologist, is one of those people. Whether you’re interested in forensic anthropology as a career or are simply curious about reading bones, this program is one that you won’t want to miss. Just beneath the surface, you will find that each set of bones does, in fact, have its own tale to tell.

Manhein is the director of the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Lab and is widely known as “The Bone Lady.” Her recognized expertise continually prompts interviews on national news and network television programs. She is the author of two non-fiction books, The Bone Lady and Trail of Bones, and one fiction novel, Floating Souls: the Canal Murders.

A Visit with Mary Manhein is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Main branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. in Gonzales. The library will be closed at this time, so you will need to enter through the doors facing South Irma Boulevard. This program is designed for teens but is free and open to everyone. Due to limited seating, registration is required. Manhein will have copies of her books available for purchase and signing. For more information or to register, call or stop by any Ascension Parish Library location.

Book clubs:

  • e_SHrSTeen Book Club will meet 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Galvez branch, 40300 La. 42 in Prairieville.

EBR Parish Library

Staff at the Greenwell Springs branch,11300 Greenwell Springs Road, will present The Backyard Astronomer at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. The program will cover the basics of being an amateur astronomer. For more information, call (225) 274-4440.

Roberta McKowen, a local veterinarian, will present a program all about the work dogs do at the Pride-Chaneyville branch, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. McKowen will have a dog present, and the dog will perform tasks. For ages 3-11. For more information or to register, call (225) 658-1560.

Book clubs:

  •  The Seekers Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Members will discuss the inspirational book of the month.
  •  Carver Book Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Carver branch, 720 Terrace St. Members will discuss Clare DeWitt in the City of the Dead by Sara Gruen.
  •  JCR Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Members will discuss either A Difficult Woman by Alice Kessler Harris or Lillian Hellman: A Life with Foxes and Scoundrels by Deborah Martinson.
  •  Brown Bag Book Club will meet at noon Wednesday, June 19, at River Center Branch, 120 St. Louis St., members will discuss any novel by Emily Giffin.
  •  Bluebonnet Book Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Members will discuss Smila’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg.
  •  Teen Book Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Join other teens in discussing and exchanging ideas on your favorite books. For more information, call (225) 274-4470.
  •  Summer Reading Book Club: Holes will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 21, at the Carver Branch. Members will listen to parts 2 and 3 of Holes by Louis Sachar. After the book is completed, the group will watch the movie based on the book. For more information, call (225) 389-7450.
  •  Teens Talk Books will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Zachary branch, 1900 Church St. Members will discuss Almost Home by Joan Bauer. For more information and to reserve your copy of the featured book, call (225) 658-1870.
  •  Book Bunch will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Zachary branch. Members will discuss favorite summertime books, their least favorite, and the books they want to read. For more information or to register, call (225) 658-1860.

Livingston Parish Library

The Friends of the Livingston Library System will host a book sale at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The book sale is open to the public. The FOLLS supports the Livingston Parish Library by raising funds and helping to inform the public of the services provided by the libraries. For details, call the library at (225) 665-8118.

Young Writers Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The club is open to anyone between ages 10 and 17. The goal of the club is to write for both publication and performance. Call the library at (225) 665-8118 for details.

Book clubs:

  •  Beneath the Surface Teen Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The club invites teens to delve deep into some good books, audiobooks, DVDs and graphic novels. Call the library at (225) 665-8118 to register or for details.
  •  Eclectic Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Members will discuss Beach Music by Pat Conroy.

Audubon Regional Library

Johnette Downing will present music and story time at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the St. Helena branch, 53 S. Main St., Suite A in Greensburg. Downing presents Pelican State history in motivating, thought-provoking, child-focused and spicy concerts.

Lafayette Public Library

Book club:

South Regional Sleuths Mystery Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members will discuss Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs.

Iberville Parish Library

Book club:

n Oak Tree Readers Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Plaquemine branch, 24605 J. Gerald Berret Blvd. in Plaquemine. Members will discuss Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.

Basque seminars

Michel-Antoine Goitia-Nicolas, founder of a nonprofit cultural group called the Louisiana Basque-American Society and Cultural Organization, or LABASCO, will discuss local Basque culture and history at two seminars in Jefferson Parish.

Seminars are free of charge and are open to the public. There is no registration. The seminars will occur at the following times and dates:

  •  7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional branch of the Jefferson Parish Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
  •  7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at East Bank Regional branch of the Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The Basques are an ethnic group which primarily inhabits a region that is located around the western end of the Pyrenees on the coast of the Bay of Biscay and straddles parts of north-central Spain and south-western France. Goitia-Nicolas, who was born in Canada and has lived in New Orleans since 1984, says that many local names believed to be of French or Spanish origin are actually Basque. He cites the following names as having Basque origin: Abadie, Alciatore, Barbe, Begue, Chachere, Charbonnet, Gayarre, Goyeneche, Lacombe, Lemoyne, Mandeville, Marigny, Sapir, Soraparu, Yzaguiree and Zatarain. During his presentation, Goitia-Nicolas will discuss local Basque contributions and traditions, ways in which Basque heritage can be traced. For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or wcsmith@jplibrary.net.

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.

Summer Book Festival

The Historic New Orleans Collection with Margaret Media, Pelican Publishing Company, LSU Press and University Press of Mississippi is holding a one-day Summer Book Festival noon-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at 533 Royal St. in the French Quarter, New Orleans. The event is free and open to the public. The festival will showcase THNOC’s latest releases and those of four regional publishing companies, both fiction and nonfiction.

Featuring a curated selection of new books focused on Louisiana history and culture, the festival is designed to promote this region’s publishing industry.

Visitors will have the chance to interact with representatives from the presses and learn behind-the-scenes details about the books and the publishing industry.

Hosseini event

Page and Palette Book Store in Fairhope, Ala., will host Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, at a special event with his new novel, And The Mountains Echoed, at Fairhope Civic Center at 6 p.m. Monday, June 17. Tickets to the author event are $32 and include a signed copy of And The Mountains Echoed. Call (251) 747-5720 or visit http://www.pageandpalette.com/.

Signings

Chad Judice, author of Waiting for Eli and Eli’s Reach, will sign copies of his books at the 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, June 16, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd., Lafayette. The public is invited to attend.

Erin M. 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 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Cita Dennis Hubbell Branch of the New Orleans Public Library, 225 Morgan St. in Algiers Point. Call (504) 366-0657 or visit http://www.hubbelllibrary.org for details.

Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone, will sign copies of her book 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday June 19, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

David Berg, author of Run, Brother, Run will sign copies of his book 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday June 20, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Jennifer Barnes Maggio, author of Overwhelmed, will sign copies of her book at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Kress Art Gallery, 447 Third St.

Items for Book Events were provided by Ascension Parish Library, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Audubon Regional Library, Lafayette Public Library, Iberville Parish Library, Jefferson Parish Library, The Historic New Orleans Collection and Page and Palette Book Store.