New Orleans neighborhood news for June 13-19, 2013

French Quarter/CBD

FRENCH QUARTER BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: The French Quarter Business Association’s June lunch forum will be at 11:3 a.m. June 20 at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, 716 Iberville St.

Featured speaker will be Bob Johnson, general manager of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and there will also be a presentation by Alan Rafael, marketing manager of the National WWII Museum.

Advance reservation is required and is $40 per member and $55 per non-member. Go to http://www.fqba.org and click on Event Calendar.

LITERARY LUNCH: This summer the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will host “Tuesdays with Earl,” a lunchtime reading series aimed at professionals in the Central Business District. Participants are invited to bring their lunches for a scholar-led conversation about “The Earl of Louisiana,” the 1961 book by A.J. Liebling.

The one-hour sessions will take place every Tuesday at noon, from June 18 through July 16 at the Louisiana Humanities Center at 938 Lafayette St.

Enrollment is free. To register, send a request to boyles@leh.org. For more information call (504) 620-2632.

Uptown

LEARNING TO FIGHT BLIGHT: Jericho Road, Harmony Neighborhood Development and the National Housing Services Freret Neighborhood Center will hold a blight summit for neighbors, policymakers and others from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church Cathedral, 1612 6th St.

Participants will be divided into workshops on resources to help renovate your home, vacant land management, renters’ rights and landlord responsibilities, organizing your neighborhood and other topics.

Presenters include the New Orleans’ Office of Code Enforcement, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, the Freret/Milan Property Campaign and Project Homecoming

For more information contact Clara Sinou at the Freret Neighborhood Center, (504) 373-6403 or Michael Robinson at Jericho Road Episcopal Church, (504) 293-2885.

“RUN, BROTHER, RUN”: David Berg discusses and signs his book, “Run, Brother, Run,” at the Garden District Book Shop, at 5:30 p.m. June 20 at the Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. David Berg is a well-known Texas lawyer and author of “The Trial Lawyer: What it Takes to Win.” “Run, Brother, Run” is a searing family memoir of a wild boyhood in Texas that led to the vicious murder of the author’s brother by Charles Harrelson — notorious hit man and father of actor Woody Harrelson. Alan was 31 in 1968. His remains were found in a ditch in Texas.

For more information, call (504) 895.2266.

“THE CHAPERONE”: Laura Moriarty discusses and signs her book, “The Chaperone,” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. “The Chaperone” is a novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks, the silent film star who popularized the bobbed haircut, to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both. For information or to order a signed copy, call (504) 895-2266.