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Richard Ford’s long-running hero Frank Bascombe returns

The cover of Richard Ford's new book,

Few characters in American literature have proven as durable or as interesting as Richard Ford’s long-running hero, Frank Bascombe. When we first met Frank in “The Sportswriter,” published in 1986, he was enjoying that occupation that Ford took to be one of the happiest jobs a man could have. In Ford’s 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner, “Independence Day,” and… Continue reading →

Manning’s ‘Batman’ details crusader’s development

'Batman: A Visual History' by Matthew K. Manning

“Batman: A Visual History” by Matthew K. Manning. DK Publishing, 2014. $50. Batman fans, rejoice! The visual history of the caped crusader is here! A foreword by Frank Miller, “The Dark Knight Returns,” is a fitting opening for a book that takes you from Batman’s humble beginning… Continue reading →

Book Events for Dec. 14, 2014

Book events HONEYKY HANUKAH STORYTIME: 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Perkins Rowe, 10156 Perkins Rowe, Suite 150. A fun-filled story celebrating Hanukah with an accompanying CD. ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAMILY STORYTIME: 7 p.m., Jones Creek Regional Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Christmas books, stories songs… Continue reading →

Book examines how Russell Long blazed his own ‘Life in Politics’

'Russell Long: A Life in Politics' by Michael Martin

“Russell Long: A Life in Politics” by Michael S. Martin. University Press of Mississippi, 2014. $35. This is a thoroughly researched book that is a great combination of political history and biography of the son of Huey P. Long. Born into Louisiana’s most influential political family,… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for Dec. 7, 2014

FILE - This 2012 photo released by Alfred A. Knopf shows author Toni Morrison. The Nobel laureate Morrison has a new novel coming next spring. God Help the Child will be released April 30, 2015, publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Alfred A. Knopf, File)

Book events “THIS IS A BOOK FOR PARENTS OF GAY KIDS”: 7 p.m., Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave. Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo discuss their resource books for parents. Octavia Books will be on hand for copies. (504)… Continue reading →

Books, films course set in Lafayette

The Friends of the Humanities in Lafayette is hosting a books and films course, “From Kate Chopin to ‘Swamp People’: Louisiana in Literature and Film” with Mary Ann Wilson. Short stories by Kate Chopin, Lyle Saxon’s “Children of Strangers,” “Little Altars Everywhere” by Rebecca Wells and selections from “Swamp People,” “True Blood” and “True Detective” are… Continue reading →

Cold realities: ‘Ice Garden’ offers story of damaged woman through daughter’s voice

'The Ice Garden' by Moira Crane

“The Ice Garden” by Moira Crone. Carolina Wren Press, 2014. $18.95. Fayton is the kind of sleepy little Carolina town where not much seems to happen. For 10-year-old Claire, the biggest thing to ever occur in her young life is the arrival of her baby sister, Sweetie. When… Continue reading →

‘Great Pirate Christmas Battle’ fun tale for holiday

'The Great Pirate Christmas Battle' by Michael G. Lewis

“The Great Pirate Christmas Battle” by Michael G. Lewis. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $16.99. Cap’n McNasty and his crew, bored with stealing gold and other treasures, decide one night to steal Christmas presents from sleeping children. However, things get interesting when they get an unexpected surprise from… Continue reading →

‘Down the Crossroads’ tells how ’66 march led to voting power

?Down to the Crossroads. Civil Rights, Black Power and the Meredith March Against Fear? by Aram Goudsouzian

“Down to the Crossroads. Civil Rights, Black Power and the Meredith March Against Fear” by Aram Goudsouzian. Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux Publishers, 2014. $30. In 1962. James Meredith became the first African-American to register at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he set out to march from Memphis, Tennessee,… Continue reading →

‘Flings’ shares short stories of romance

“Flings: Stories” by Justin Taylor. Harper Collins, 2014. $23.99. Justin Taylor’s book, “Flings,” is a collection of short stories that center on the many types of relationships that we have during our lives. Taylor focuses primarily on romantic stories and the ways they define and change us over time.… Continue reading →

Not always pretty ‘Ugly Renaissance’ shows a different side

?The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty? by Alexander Lee

“The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty” by Alexander Lee. Doubleday, 2014. $30. The Italian Renaissance is generally regarded as “a time in which heroically talented artists revived the culture of antiquity to create both cities and societies that were themselves works of art.”… Continue reading →

‘Empire of Sin’ a masterful story set in Storyville

“Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for Modern New Orleans” by Gary Krist. Crown, 2014. $26. New Orleans history is rich ground for authors. Not only is it lengthy, but there’s things like Storyville, jazz and lurid… Continue reading →

Vampire author Anne Rice’s devotees flock to Halloween ball

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Club presented the

Lestat is back, and so is author Anne Rice, his creator. After an absence of a decade, the Vampire Lestat makes an appearance in Rice’s newest novel, “Prince Lestat,” fueling passions of his devotees worldwide. New Orleans will host many of them Friday night, when they make their annual pilgrimage to the city for the Continue reading →

Three years later, New Year’s resolution is a vampire-centric bestseller

Author Alys Arden

It started as a New Year’s resolution. New Orleans native and University of New Orleans graduate Alys Arden never thought her debut novel, “The Casquette Girls,” would become an Amazon bestseller, have over 1 million online reads or earn her comparisons to Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite. Continue reading →

Stripping away the myth: Author shows real ‘Killer’ Jerry Lee Lewis

'Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

Jerry Lee Lewis picked up the nickname Killer as a boy, sent to the principal’s office for fighting his teacher. He spent a lifetime more or less living up to the name, as Rick Bragg shows in “Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.” The legends of violence around the rockin’ piano man from Concordia Parish aren’t… Continue reading →

Reader becomes judge of ‘Ghostly Evidence’

'Ghostly Evidence' by Kelly Milner Halls

“Ghostly Evidence: Exploring the Paranormal” by Kelly Milner Halls. Millbrook, 2014. $20.95. Do you know the definition of the word ghost? What is a shadow figure, a spirit orb or a ghostly mist? How about a residual image? In “Ghostly Evidence,” Halls tells us the difference… Continue reading →

Remembering the sights and sounds of Mid-City

If he thinks about it hard enough, Ronald Fisher can still remember how the best roast beef po-boy in the world smells. “First of all, it was the Creole mustard,” Fisher says, laughing about how he’d clutch the paper bag close to him during his walk home from the Triangle in Mid-City. “I would hold my nose… Continue reading →

New Orleans author leads readers on ‘The Last Great Walk’

Photo provided by Wayne Curtis --

Author Wayne Curtis takes a seat, facing me with his back to the tall windows of his Uptown home. I can see outside, where I note a steady stream of walkers on the street. Curtis has returned a few days earlier from his annual trip to Maine, where he spends four months “at the edge of nowhere”… Continue reading →

N.O. voices captured well in characters’ stories

'You Don't Know Me' by James Nolan

“You Don’t Know Me: New & Selected Stories” by James Nolan. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2014. $20. Anyone who is familiar with New Orleans knows it is home to a population that is soulful, proud, creative and often quirky, to say the least. No… Continue reading →

Take rhyme journey with ‘New Orleans Mother Goose’

New Orleans Mother Goose

“New Orleans Mother Goose” by Ryan Adam. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $17.99. Marita’s Gentry’s gorgeous illustrations make New Orleans jump off the pages in this fun take on various New Orleans themed-nursery rhymes. Ryan Adam takes readers on journeys throughout New Orleans and Louisiana with each rhyme… Continue reading →

‘No Surrender’ for author Hiaasen, or for hero Skink

Photo by Tim Chapman -- Carl Hiaasen

It all started when a writer needed a character who was a hermit. “I was writing about murder and corruption on the professional bass fishing circuit,” said bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen. “It was territory I pretty much had to myself in the literary world.” And so he created Skink, who first appeared… Continue reading →

An age-old mystery springs to life in ‘The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case’

Photo provided -- University of Maryland history professor Mike Ross

Sometimes the work of a historian resembles old-fashioned detective work, gumshoeing through newspapers and public records, paging through old phone books. That’s certainly how it was for Michael Ross, an assistant professor of the University of Maryland, in writing “The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the… Continue reading →

Book sure to bring smiles to children’s faces

Spaghetti Smiles

“Spaghetti Smiles” by Margo Sorenson. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $16.99. Upon learning that his Uncle Rocco’s Italian restaurant may have to close unless he finds another tenant to move in next door, Jake sets about the neighborhood to help save the restaurant and in the process find the perfect solution… Continue reading →

Alan Furst bests himself in depiction of exiled Spaniard

“Midnight in Europe” by Alan Furst. Random House, 2014. $27. Midnight, the Devil’s hour, Europe in 1938: Franco and the Nationalists near victory in the Spanish Civil War, Hitler absorbs Austria, Chamberlain and Daladier abandon Czechoslovakia at Munich. Darkness leads only to pitch black; war will surely come in… Continue reading →

Ex-Mayor Schiro’s tale sheds light on modern N.O.

“Mayor Victor H. Schiro: New Orleans in Transition 1961-1970” by Edward F. Hass. University of Mississippi Press, 2014. $35. Edward F. Haas brings over a decade’s worth of research to his study of former New Orleans Mayor Victor H. Schiro. The book traces Schiro’s early adult life… Continue reading →

Shining light on Sun Records: La. author tells behind-scenes story of her days at cradle of rock ’n roll

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Barbara Barnes Sims, who worked at Sun Records in the late 1950s, recounts her years at the Memphis hit maker in her new book 'The Next Elvis:Searching for Stardom at Sun Records.'

Sun Records left the music world all shook up. During the mid-to-late 1950s, the Memphis-based Sun released the early recordings of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich. Louisiana author Barbara Barnes Sims was there. LSU Press published her account of the record company, “The Next Elvis: Searching… Continue reading →

New book explores Cump Sherman’s legacy

“Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman” by Robert L. O’Connell. Random House, 2014. $28. There are signs of the Civil War all over LSU. Mentions of the Ole War Skule, the antebellum forebear of the current university, and… Continue reading →

New Orleans changes boy’s life in new book

“New Orleans Spirit: A Tchoupitoulas Life” by Richard Edgar Zwez. Createspace, 2014. $15. Tired of moving from town to town with his artist mother, Johnny Smith begs his mother to consider New Orleans as one of their future destinations. The move would put them close to family… Continue reading →

Burn’s ‘Sugar Skull’ a powerful read for adults

“Sugar Skull” by Charles Burns. Pantheon, 2014. $23. In this reality-bending third installment, we follow Dougy, a normal man dealing with his past, and Johnny, his alter ego. The story flashes back and forth between reality and a semidream state where things can get very unusual. Dougy, dealing with… Continue reading →

Acclaimed memoirist Jesmyn Ward signs on to teach at Tulane

Jesmyn Ward

Tulane creative writing professor and novelist Jesmyn Ward, who grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi, won both the National Book Award for Fiction (2011) and an Alex Award (2012) for her second novel, “Salvage the Bones,” centered on a community’s struggles before and immediately after Hurricane Katrina. Tonight she celebrates the release of her memoir (“Men We Reaped”) in… Continue reading →