3 authors announced for Festival of Words

Book Events for June 30, 2013

Organizers have announced three authors — Darrell Bourque, Genaro Ky-Li Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye — for the Festival of Words Nov. 7-9 in Grand Coteau and surrounding areas.

The festival features literary readings, creative writing workshops, a community stage for open mic and many opportunities to interact with featured authors.

  • Bourque’s books include Plainsongs (1994, Inaugural Issue of the Cajun Writers Series, Cross-Cultural Communications, Merrick, NY), The Doors between Us (1997, Inaugural Issue of Chapbook Series, Louisiana Literature Press, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond), Burnt Water Suite (1999, Wings Press, Austin, Texas), The Blue Boat (2004, Inaugural Issue of Louisiana Writers Series, Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Call and Response: Conversations in Verse, with Jack B. Bedell, (2009, Texas Review Press, Huntsville, Texas), In Ordinary Light, New and Selected Poems (2010, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press), and a special edition chapbook, Holding the Notes (2011, Chicory Bloom Press, Thibodaux). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate during 2007-2008 and from 2009 to 2011.
  • Smith was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam. In 1972, his family moved to Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Northridge in 1993. He later earned master’s degrees in literature and creative writing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles. He has been published in many journals, and earned first place in the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Fellowship competition.
  • Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 37 years traveling the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Naomi Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials: The Language of Life with Bill Moyers and The United States of Poetry and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. In January 2010 Nye was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.

More featured authors and a schedule will be announced later this year. Visit festivalofwords.org.

Lafayette Poetry Slam team

The 2013 Lafayette National Poetry Slam Team has been nominated for the 2013 National Poetry Slam Team Of The Year Award presented by Multi-Platinum Record Company and The National Poetry Awards.

To bring home the award, the team needs votes in the Slam Team Of The Year category on the online ballot at thenationalpoetryawards.com. Voting started June 20 and ends July 20.

Soap opera fiction

Author/actress Victoria Rowell, best known as Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless, will read from and sign her new novel, The Young And The Ruthless, at 6 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

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

Maple Street Book Shop

The First Tuesday Book Club will meet at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the Uptown Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans. The club will discuss Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Visit maplestreetbookshop.com for information on this and other store events.

The store will be closing its Bayou St. John and Healing Center branches at the end of the month, according to the website.

Ascension Parish Library

In addition to summer reading programs for children and teens, the Ascension Parish Library offers A Booklover’s Summer for adults.

Through July 31, readers can enter weekly drawings for $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificates and also be eligible to win a grand prize featuring a Gardener’s Supply Deluxe Tractor Scoot with a bucket basket.

Visit myAPL.org for information on this or other programs.

EBR Parish Library

Teens will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., to discuss Jordan Sonnenblick’s Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. Participants will even make their own version of the book’s dangerous pie. The first 10 teens to register, read the book and attend the book talk will receive a bookplate signed by the author.

Refreshments will be included. Call (225) 658-1870 to register.

Storytime is offered at many library branches to give children an excellent introduction to books and the library, increase their attention spans and develop their social skills by involving them in stories, poetry, and songs.

The Children’s Services staff hopes Storytime will be an enjoyable experience for each child, leading to a lifelong love of books and reading. Parents are always welcome to attend Storytime with their child. Seven different Storytime formats are offered and since children develop at different rates, parents may talk with one of the library staff members to place a child in a younger or older group.

For more information, call a branch library. Many specific times are scheduled with registration sometimes required. Also, organized groups may reserve a date and time other than those scheduled.

Visit ebrpl.com for details about this or other library programs.

Jefferson Parish Library

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Rick Jacobs, a graduate of Tulane University and the Naval War College, will discuss the disastrous 1942 Battle of Savo Island, the most serious defeat in U.S. Naval history, at 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the Jefferson Parish Library, Main East Bank, 4747 W. Napoleon in Metairie.

Compiled by Advocate staff