Book Events for Nov. 25

You can aid childhood reading at United Way’s Season’s Readings

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Citiplace and Capital Area United Way have again partnered this holiday season to create Season’s Readings. Now through Jan. 1, 2013, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2590 Citiplace Court, will be collecting new books to be donated to deserving children in the community through United Way.

As customers check out at the register, they will be given the opportunity to purchase age-appropriate books priced at under $10 each. The books will be picked up by United Way and distributed to various local organizations that serve children. The books are appropriate for children in pre-K through 2nd grade.

The goal is to collect more than 5,000 books for children in the community this holiday season.

In July of 2011, Capital Area United Way launched a 10-year commitment to early childhood education. Capital Area United Way supports the 10-parish area and funds more than 120 community programs and services provided by 47 partner agencies. These programs and services have a measurable difference in education, health and income.

United Way currently funds approximately 40 education based programs in the community. In addition, United Way supports initiatives such as Imagination Library that promotes the importance of early childhood education and literacy. United Way understands the importance of early childhood education and literacy and acknowledges the profound impact it can have on a child.

Important stats that support the importance of early childhood education and literacy:

  • More than 70 percent of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level. In some parts of the country, the government uses 3rd grade reading levels to determine the number of prison cells they will need in the future.
  • On average, there are four books total in the home of a child born to poverty in Louisiana. A child starting school unable to even properly hold a book is at a disadvantage he or she most likely will never overcome.

Shop locally

Meet local authors, buy books that matter, and shop the boutiques at Season’s Readings at Circa 1857, 1857 Government St., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Music fans, food lovers, art aficionados, architecture enthusiasts, history buffs, political junkies, fiction readers — check off everyone on your holiday shopping list in one evening at the LSU Press holiday book sale, presented in conjunction with the shops at Circa 1857 & Yvette Marie’s. This year’s Season’s Readings boasts a wide array of great titles, more than a dozen local authors, a 35 percent discount on books, free gift wrapping and the opportunity to shop the boutiques at Circa 1857. The event includes live music by Rio Luminoso and refreshments by Bonanno’s Catering.

Special guests will be in attendance to sign copies of LSU Press books:

The Delta Queen Cookbook author Cynthia LeJeune Nobles; Louisiana Saturday Night author Alex V. Cook; Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds author Robert Mann; Clementine Hunter authors Tom Whitehead and Art Shiver; Louisiana Aviation author Vincent P. Caire; Atchafalaya photographer C.C. Lockwood; Dirtdobber Blues author Cyril E. Vetter; Acadiana authors Philip Gould and Carl Brasseaux; Public Spaces, Private Gardens author Lake Douglas; We Were Merchants author Hans Sternberg; Molly the Pony author Pam Kaster; Best of LSU Fiction editors Nolde Alexius and Judy Kahn.

Many other LSU Press titles will be available for sale, all at a significant discount. Classics like A Confederacy of Dunces and Fonville Winans’ Louisiana, as well as new releases like Pam Durban’s The Tree of Forgetfulness and Suzanne Perron’s Designing in Ivory and White, are discounted 35 percent and gift wrapping is free. In addition, The Southern Review will be offering discounted subscriptions and selling copies of the journal.

Following Season’s Readings, the LSU Press holiday book sale at Circa 1857, local literary journals The Southern Review and New Delta Review invite readers to an after-party in celebration of The Southern Review’s brand new website and New Delta Review’s Winter Issue from 7:30 p.m. until late Thursday, Nov. 29. The event is free and open to those 21-plus. The Winter Wonders Party will be held at Radio Bar, 3079 Government St. The Southern Review will be offering discounted subscriptions and selling copies of the journal, and New Delta Review will be selling literary ornaments, chapbooks, poetry broadsides, and back issues. Attendees can also have their picture taken in Santa’s photo booth.

Founded in 1935 by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, The Southern Review is published four times a year on the campus of LSU. The journal features fiction, poetry, critical essays, interviews, book reviews, and art with emphasis on contemporary literature in the United States and abroad. For more information about the journal, visit http://www.lsu.edu/tsr/.

New Delta Review is a literary journal produced by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at LSU. Since 1984, NDR has published the work of emerging and established writers. Each issue includes original fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, reviews, interviews, and artwork. For more information about the journal, visit http://ndrmag.org/.

For more information about the event, contact LSU Press at (225) 578-8282.

EBR Parish Library

12 Steps to a Compassionate Life book discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Main Library auditorium, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Members will discuss the 12th and final step in Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. For more information, call (225) 231-3710.

Book Buffs, Baker branch’s children’s book club will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road. Children will take turns reading aloud from the fun book, Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry by Josh Lewis. They will also talk about the book and maybe act some scenes out. Afterward, we’ll make some gooey green slime. For more information or to register, call (225) 778-5960.

Book clubs:

  •  Greenwell Springs Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Greenwell Springs Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Members will discuss Contact by Carl Sagan.
  •  JCR Books Into Movies Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Members will discuss The Cider House Rules by John Irving.

Livingston Parish Library

Book clubs:

  •  Sci Fi Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston. Members will discuss Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick.
  •  South Branch Bookies will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at South branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston. Members will discuss The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell.

Iberville Parish Library

Book club:

  •  Oak Tree Readers Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Plaquemine branch, 24605 J. Gerald Berret Blvd. in Plaquemine. Members will discuss Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Everyone who reads the book is welcome to join the group.

Lafayette Public Library

Author Alley will bring local authors together at the South branch, 6101 Johnston St., to sign and market their books, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Readers are invited to meet and support local authors. The following authors will be participating: Camilla Hunt Cole, Mesquite; Andy Hebert, Christmas on a Bayou; Genie Summers, Our Family’s Book of Acts; and Cheré Coen, Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana.

W. Feliciana Parish Library

Genealogy Guild will meet 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at the library, 11865 Ferdinand St. in St. Francisville.

WGA meeting

Writers’ Guild of Acadiana is an organization made up of local writers, published and unpublished, who meet at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at Barnes & Noble, 5705 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members share and gain knowledge in the craft of writing. Beginners and veterans of the writing industry are all welcome.

Writers’ Group

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

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.

Signings

Jacob Tomsky, author of Heads In Beds, will sign copies of his book at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Donald Palmisano, author of The Little Red Book of Leadership Lessons, will sign copies of his book 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 27, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Jon O’Dell, author of The Healing, will sign copies of his book 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Maple Street Book Shop Healing Center location, 2372 St. Claude Ave. in New Orleans.

Timothy Jay Smith, author of Cooper’s Promise, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Oliver North, author of Heroes Proved, will sign copies of his book at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.

Moira Crone, author of The Not Yet, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans. In a joint appearance, Michael Allen Zell, author of Errata, will also sign copies of his book.

Photographer Carolyn Jones and nurse Rhonda Collins, author and contributor to The American Nurse, will sign copies of their book 3-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Interim LSU Public Hospital, ILH Auditorium 101 (UH basement), 2021 Perdido St. in New Orleans.

Children’s author Mary Quattlebaum, author of Pirate vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match, will sign copies of her book at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.

Dixon Hearne, author of When Christmas Was Real, will sign copies of her book 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans. In a joint appearance, Vallie Lynn Watson, author of A River So Long will also sign copies of her book.

Ken Foster, author of I’m A Good Dog, will sign copies of his book 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Susan and Ed Poole, authors of Louisiana Film History, will sign copies of their book at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Westbank Barnes & Noble, 1601B West Bank Expressway in Harvey.

Katie Wainwright, author of Secuestro, will sign copies of her book at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Barnes & Noble, 3414 U.S. 190 Suite 10 in Mandeville.

Items for Book Events were provided by Barnes & Noble, LSU Press, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Iberville Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library and West Feliciana Parish Library.