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Aquarium’s recovery tale teaches patience pays off

“A Penguin Named Patience: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story” By Suzanne Lewis, illustrated by Lisa Anchin, Sleeping Bear Press, $15.95 As people and pets were being rescued from a flooded post-Katrina New Orleans, a penguin named Patience was learning to be patient.… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for Aug. 30, 2015

NEW ORLEANS AREA BOOK EVENTS “MARVELOUS CORNELIUS — HURRICANE KATRINA AND THE SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Phil Bildner reads and signs his children’s book about a humble man and his heroic difference in the aftermath of the storm.… Continue reading →

George Harrison's sister pens memoir of her kid brother's band

Photo provided by Webster Public Relations -- Louise Harrison has written a memoir, 'My Kid Brother's Band: aka The Beatles.'

In her memoir, “My Kid Brother’s Band: aka The Beatles,” George Harrison’s older sister, Louise, presents an insider’s take on The Beatles. The book includes Harrison’s memories of her family’s pre-Beatles life in Liverpool, England, and her 1963 publicity work for The Beatles in the United States, where the group still was unknown.… Continue reading →

‘Please Forward’ collects an online community’s first impressions after Katrina

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Cynthia Joyce evacuated to Oxford, Mississippi, where she now lives and teaches. Numbed by seemingly unbelievable national news reports, she turned her gaze to blogs by New Orleanians to gain a grasp of the city’s destruction. Ten years after the storm, she anthologized that New Orleans online for… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for Aug. 16, 2015

'My Sunshine Away' by M.O. Walsh

“THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Dana Gynther signs and reads her novel about a young woman’s life in Paris in the ’20s and ’30s. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com. “WHAT WENT MISSING AND WHAT GOT FOUND”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Fatima… Continue reading →

Perfect time to read Katrina memoir

"For Better, For Worse: Patient in the Maelstrom" by Carolyn Perry

“For Better, For Worse: Patient in the Maelstrom” by Carolyn Perry; Sunbury Press, 2011. $14.95 In the months and years following Hurricane Katrina, a number of fine works of both fiction and nonfiction chronicling this historic disaster found their way from their author’s memories to the hearts and minds of thousands of readers.… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events

MULTIAUTHOR RECEPTION: 2:30 p.m., The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., New Orleans. Winners of Williams Faulker-William Widom Creative Writing Competition will discuss and read from the works. Included will be Frederick Barton, “In the Wake of the Flagship”; Moira Crone, “The Ice Garden”; Jennifer Steil, “The Ambassador’s Wife”; and Ryan Stadal, “Kitchens of the Great… Continue reading →

A decade after Hurricane Katrina, new books, new insights, old memories

A man on his roof waves to a passing New Orleans Police Department SWAT rescue boat Monday,  Aug. 29, 2005, in New Orleans after flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)

Every Katrina anniversary arrives with a fresh flood of books — and this 10th anniversary is no exception. Weary New Orleanians may choose not to read them, having moved on in their personal narratives; some may read them obsessively. This year’s Katrina bookshelf is full to the brim. Here are some of the best so far.… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for August

“THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Katy Simpson Smith has a discussion with Laura Lane McNeal on the release of the book in paperback. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com. “VOICES OF ANGELS — DISASTER LESSONS FROM KATRINA NURSES”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop,… Continue reading →

Katrina anniversary literary events, Aug. 6-30, 2015

“VOICES OF ANGELS”: John Batty signs “Voices of Angels: Disaster Lessons from Katrina Nurses,” 6 pm. Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St, New Orleans. JEFFERSON PARIS LIBRARY LITERARY FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The library’s first literary… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events

“LOW & SLOW 2 — THE ART OF BARBECUE, SMOKE-ROASTING AND BASIC CURING”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Gary Wiviott and Colleen Rush sign and offer tastings from the second in their culinary series. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com. “NAVEL OF THE MOON”: 6 p.m.,… Continue reading →

Easy to be engrossed in astronaut’s quest

'Watch the Lady' by Elizabeth Fremantle

“The Martian” by Andy Weir. Crown, 2014. $25. I started seeing “The Martian” pop up on a lot of “best of” lists a few months ago, and when I found out it was being made into a movie starring Matt Damon, I knew I had to pick up a… Continue reading →

New Orleans book events for July 12, 2015

New Orleans area Book events “WALKING NEW ORLEANS”: 6:30 p.m., Cita Dennis Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave. Barri Bronston discusses her book about touring the Crescent City by foot. (504) 366-0657. www.neworleanspubliclibrary.com. “The Katrina Decade —… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events, July 7-30, 2015

New Orleans area Book events “SCOTLANDVILLE”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Drs. Rachel L. Emanuel, Ruby Jean Simmons, Charles Vincent and Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden read and sign this story of the town in East Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Medical history, historical mystery fascinate

?The New York Times Book of Medicine:  More Than 150 years of Reporting on the Evolution of Medicine,? edited by Gina Kolata

“The New York Times Book of Medicine: More Than 150 years of Reporting on the Evolution of Medicine,” edited by Gina Kolata. Sterling, 2015. $24.95. Since its beginning in 1851, The New York Times has regularly reported on significant medical discoveries and advancements. This compilation of 120 carefully chosen… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for June 28 - July 24

“SCOTLANDVILLE”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Drs. Rachel L. Emanuel, Ruby Jean Simmons, Charles Vincent and Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden read and sign this story of the town in East Baton Rough Parish that is home to Southern University. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com. “SECESSIA”: 6 p.m., Octavia… Continue reading →

Remembering Avondale: Giant shipyard once the largest employer in the state

Cover of Avondale history

Avondale Shipyard has grown quiet in recent years. Once the largest employer in Louisiana with 26,000 jobs, after its sale to Northrop Grumman in 2001, the number of employees dwindled to 200 engineers. Shipbuilding operations were eventually moved to Pascagoula, Mississippi. But thousands of men and women around New Orleans still remember with pride… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for June 7 - 24

“LOLA AND TATTLETALE ZEKE”: Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Author Marcia Goldman and her Yorkshire Terrier Lola reads and signs her book during storytime for youngsters. (504) 899-7323., www.octaviabooks.com. “WINGS OVER NEW ORLEANS”: Cita Dennis Hubbel Library, 725 Pelican Ave. John Taylor discusses and signs… Continue reading →

‘Fifty Shades’ author to release new novel

'Grey' by EL James

Author EL James, best-selling author of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series, will release a new novel from Christian Grey’s point of view. “Grey” will be published June 18 — Grey’s birthday. “This book is dedicated to those readers who asked ... and asked ... and asked ... and asked for this,” James said.… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for May 31 - June 5

ew Orleans area Book events “THINGS YOU WON’T SAY”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Sarah Pekkanen reads and signs her book about a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for May 24 - June 11

“MILLION DOLLAR ROAD”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Amy Conner discusses and signs her Louisiana novel of a young woman yearning for a better existence and the secret longings that will change the lives of those around her. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.… Continue reading →

‘Monkey and Duck’ fun for the kids

?Monkey and Duck Quack Up!? by Jennifer Hamburg, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

“Monkey and Duck Quack Up!” by Jennifer Hamburg, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic, 2015. $17.99. Vivacious Monkey wants to win a rhyming contest with his partner the laid-back Duck. He soon hits a snag, however, when he realizes that the only word Duck says is “quack.”… Continue reading →

New Orleans book events for May 17 - June 9

'Dollbaby' by Laura McNeal

ew Orleans area Book events “ALLEN THE ALLIGATOR COUNTS THROUGH NEW ORLEANS”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Author Megan Braden-Perry and illustrator Lyn Vicknair read and sign their children’s book. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com. “The Book that Every Black Christian Should Read” and “How… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for May 10-17

“NEW ORLEANS JAZZ PLAYHOUSE”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Irvin Mayfield signs and discusses his book with seven CDs on his experiences as a New Orleans native, jazz musician and the influences in his life including musicians, artists, photographers, chefs, teachers and mentors. Continue reading →