Native rights subject of Coushatta event
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will host author and Arizona State Professor Denise Bates, as well as a collection of Native American experts and leaders for a special presentation and panel discussion on “The Fight for Native American Rights, Past & Present,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Coushatta Multipurpose Center, 1974 CC Bel Road, Elton. Bates will discuss her new book, The Other Movement: Indian Rights and Civil Rights in the Deep South, and other topics of interest to Native American tribes in the South. Her presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of Native American issues from the Civil Rights era to today.
This event is free and open to the public. For additional information and to RSVP, call (337) 584-1545 or email email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Writer, photographer and historian Sally Asher will give an encore tell-all presentation on The Mascot, a newspaper published in New Orleans from 1882-1896. The Mascot both shocked and delighted readers with its biting satire, sharp gossip, farcical verse and comic illustrations by some of the leading artists of the time. Asher’s lecture, “N o t o r i o u s ! More tales from The Mascot: the scurrilous scandal sheet of old New Orleans,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. in New Orleans. The event is free and open to the public. Following Asher’s talk, there will be dramatic readings by Andrew Ward, Veronica Russell and burlesque artist, Miss Trixie Minx of Fleur de Tease, refreshments donated by The Cake Café, NOLA Brewing Company and PRAVDA and an after-party at PRAVDA.
EBR Parish Library
Calling all Star Wars fans! The Star Wars Costume Fan Day is back noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. This event, presented by the Red Stick Rebellion Star Wars Collectors Club, is free to the public. Activities include Landspeeder Racing, Clone Trooper Bowling, Lego building, trivia, Star Wars crafts, and more. There will be a costume contest for all ages. For more information, call (225) 756-1150.
Do you have old books and don’t know what to do with them? Here’s an option: why not trade them for other gently used books?! Throughout Thursday, Oct. 18, bring in old, unwanted teen books to the Central branch, 11260 Joor Road, and get a ticket for each book that can be used on Saturday, Oct. 20, to exchange for books. The swap starts at 3 p.m. Call (225) 262-2644.
If you’re interested in genealogy and getting deeper with your research, join the librarians at the Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., for a webinar focusing on Genealogy Orienteering at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Call (225) 763-2283.
It’s Fire Prevention Week and the Baton Rouge Fire Department will visit the Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road, with the fire truck. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, the firefighters will talk to children ages 5-11 about being safe and preventing fires. Call (225) 274-4460.
- Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at noon Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Members will discuss mysteries by Nancy Atherton, Charlaine Harris, and Halloween.
- Cover 2 Cover Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Central branch, 11260 Joor Road. The club is for children ages 8-11 and is meeting for the first time. Attendees will discuss some of their favorite books, decide what kind of books they will be reading, and pick their book club selection. Call (225) 262-2660.
Livingston Parish Library
Do you enjoy watching and discussing good movies? Join the Main Branch Film Club for Adults at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston. Watch a movie and then discuss it afterwards. Movies may include culturally significant films based on high critical reviews and awards received, American classics, world cinema, and independent films. For the movie title or more information about the film club, call (225) 686-2436.
Are you interested in local history? Visit the History of Hungarian Settlement exhibit featured in display cases and gallery at the Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond, in October and November. The exhibit delves into the rich cultural history of Hungarian Settlement through costumes, embroidery, historical documents, and photos. The exhibit was created by Alex and Royanne Kropog. The embroidery on display is by Ruby Pethro and the costumes are by Juliana Roberson and Laura Johnson.
Friends of Livingston Libraries will hold a book sale Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. From 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, the sale will be open to members of FOLLS only. The sale will be open to the general public 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday.
n Livingston Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston. Members will discuss Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
- Sunny Side Up Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss The Replacement by Robin Shope and Susan Wales.
Ascension Parish Library
The Louisiana coastline is one of the fastest disappearing land masses on Earth. About 15 percent of the coastline has eroded away over the last century, and scientists estimate that another 600,000 acres will vanish from the state’s shores over the next 50 years. Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville examines this troubling issue in Louisiana’s Vanishing Coastline: Can It Be Saved? Chuck Perrodin, public information director for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, shares his expertise on the causes of this growing problem and what can be done to save what remains of quickly sinking southeastern Louisiana.
This event takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Donaldsonville branch, 500 Mississippi St. in Donaldsonville. Registration is required. Call (225) 473-8052.
W. Feliciana Parish Library
Advanced Readers’ Club will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the library, 11865 Ferdinand St. , St. Francisville. Call (225) 635-3364
Lafayette Public Library
- SciFi/Fantasy Book Club will meet 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members will discuss Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.
Jefferson Parish Library
Fiction Writers Group will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at East Bank Regional branch, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. in Metairie. Lafayette writer and teacher Joe Reese, author of And the Flowers Began to Dance, will read from and discuss his work. The Fiction Writers Group is a weekly meeting for serious writers of fiction; those whose goal is to be published. Call (504) 889-8143
New Orleans Public Library
Think Outside the Book, writing workshops led by youth, will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Norman Mayer branch, 3001 Gentilly Blvd. in New Orleans. The group aims to encourage creative arts exploration through reading, engaging discussions, and group activities. Youth ages 12-17 are invited. Group limited to 15 participants.
Reading to Rover, sponsored by the Visiting Pet Program, will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at Rosa Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. in New Orleans. The Reading to Rover literacy project is designed to allow children to read aloud to one of the visiting dogs in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Call (504) 596-2660.
Romance Book Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Norman Mayer branch, 3001 Gentilly Blvd. Call (504) 596-3100 .
St. Charles Parish Library
- St. Rose Reading Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at St. Rose branch, 90 E. Club Drive in St. Rose. Members will discuss The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell by Loraine Despres’. Call (504) 465-0646.
- Adult Reading Circle will meet 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 11, at Pardis branch, 307 Audubon St. in Paradis. Call (985) 758-1868.
St. Tammany Parish Library
The St. Tammany Parish Library is resuming the popular Memoir Writing with Cathie McFarland on the second Wednesday of the month, through November. The group meets 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Causeway branch, 3457 U.S. 190 in Mandeville.
Through memoir writing participants enrich their own lives while doing the same for others. Memoir writers hone their writing skills, exercise creativity, sort out and seek to understand events of their past, achieve greater self-knowledge, interact with others in the writing process, and share their fascinating and unique stories with others, particularly family and friends.
McFarland is well equipped to guide the participants through the journey to retrieve and share their recollections in a written memoir. McFarland earned a B.A. in English from Texas A&M and a M.A. in English from the University of Houston.
Participants can expect McFarland to introduce memoir writing, offer advice and prompts, read the memoir and comment on it (if desired by the writer).
The sessions last 90 minutes, are free and open to the public, and registration is required. Seating space is limited to adults. Stop by the Causeway branch or call (985) 626-9779 to register.
- The Mandeville Book Club will meet 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Mandeville branch, 844 Girod St. in Mandeville. Members will discuss War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Call (985) 626-4293.
- Bush Book Beat will meet 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Bush branch, 81597 La. 41, Bush. Members will discuss The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy. The book club is free and open to all. Registration is not required. Call (985) 886-3588.
- Under the Covers Book Club will meet 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Folsom Branch, 82393 Railroad Ave. in Folsom. The book club is free and open to all. Registration is not required. Call (985) 796-9728
- Bookworms Book Club will meet 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Causeway branch, 3457 U.S. 190 in Mandeville. Membership is free and open to all adults with an interest in reading and discussing books. Registration is not required. Call (985) 626-9779.
Barnes & Noble Westbank, 1601B West Bank Expressway, Harvey, is hosting a Writers’ Group 6-8 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.
Andrew Kahrl, author of The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South, will sign copies of his book 6-8 p.m., Monday,Oct. 8, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.
John McCusker, author of Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.
Philip Meric, book team leader, will sign copies of The Fortress of New Orleans: A Photographic Tour of the Largest Civil Works Program in U.S. History, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.
Stephan Pastis, author of Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury, will sign copies of his book 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 11, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.
Johnette Downing, author of Why the Possum Has a Large Grin, will sign copies of her book and noon-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Tisket A Tasket Book Shop, 910 Decatur St. in New Orleans, and at a book launch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.
David Lummis, author of The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans, Part 2: The Last Beaucoeur, will sign copies of his book, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Maple Street Book Shop, 2372 St. Claude Ave. in New Orleans.
Elizabeth Jamie Katz, author of The Princess...The Pearls...and The Pekingese, will sign copies of her book at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Barnes & Noble Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10, in Mandeville.
Advocate columnist Smiley Anders will sign copies of his new book, Smiley! A Laughing Matter, on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Books Along the Teche, 106 E. Main St., in New Iberia.
Information for Book Events was provided by the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, the Old U.S. Mint, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, West Feliciana Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library, Jefferson Parish Library, New Orleans Public Library, St. Charles Parish Library, St. Tammany Parish Library and Barnes & Noble.