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New Orleans area book events for Nov. 21-28

“THE LEGEND OF L’IL RED”: 1 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Zachary Richard sings, reads and signs his fable of a blind turtle and a one-clawed baby crawfish. (504) 899-7323. “MY LIFE ON THE ROAD”: 3 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Gloria Steinem reads and signs her… Continue reading →

In ‘Land of Dreams,’ a vivid look at New Orleans’ colonial era

Photo by Cathy Weeks -- Eberhard L. Faber, author of "Land of Dreams."

To an impressionable college student, a professor can often seem like a rock star. And for students in Lo Faber’s classes at Loyola University, the professor really is a rock star. Before turning to serious academic life, Faber was the lead singer for the group God Street Wine for 12 years, then founded two other groups.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Book Festival canceled due to expected bad weather over weekend

Advocate photo by KIM SINGLETARY - A family concert Friday that was to kick off the New Orleans Book Festival, on the lawn of the Latter Library on St. Charles Avenue, has been canceled.

The New Orleans Book Festival, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, has been canceled because of expected bad weather, festival organizers said Wednesday. “A safe, family-friendly atmosphere remains our top priority, and the expected weather will unfortunately prevent us from meeting that standard,” the festival said on its website, The… Continue reading →

In an age of e-readers and mass production, book artists create volumes by hand

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tyler Harwood runs his printing press at Baskerville Studio, an artisan bookbinding studio in Bywater Tuesday, October 6, 2015..

. This is work that requires both delicacy and physical strength. Printing presses are expensive, heavy, difficult to move and require maintenance. Most letterpress classes begin with safety lessons — pull your hair back, watch your fingers, pay attention. Paper is fragile; ink, indelible. Practice and commitment are essential. And the rewards are beautiful. Continue reading →

Caught up in the web Novelist David Madden reflects on Civil War

“The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction” by David Madden, Rowman & Littlefield, $27.95 This collection of reviews, excerpts and opinion pieces is subtitled “Readings and Writings from a Novelist’s Perspective.” It is as a writer that David Madden is best known. He has… Continue reading →

Here is this week's area book events for Oct. 4-11

NEW ORLEANS AREA BOOK EVENTS “LOCAL NEWS FROM SOMEPLACE ELSE”: 3 p.m., Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St. Marjorie Maddox reads from her new book of poetry. (504) 866-9359. “WITNESS TO CHANGE — FROM JIM CROW TO… Continue reading →

‘Mr. Owita’s Guide to Gardening’: A late gardener’s spiritual wisdom on friendship, life, letting go

Photo provided -- Carol Walls and Giles Owita

My bookshelves are filled with guides to gardening. There’s a book about container gardens, another about topiary, a few on kitchen gardens and one on family gardening, whatever that is. Roses, perennials, native plants — I have books on every topic. But “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening” stands apart because rather than share how-to tips (there aren’t… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for Sept. 13-20

Author Dale Curry signs her book and offers samples from Gumbo Saturday, Sept. 19 at noon, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans.  $10 adults, $5 students/seniors/military. (504) 267-7490.

NEW ORLEANS AREA BOOK EVENTS “OF THE RISING TIDE — A PHOTO ESSAY OF THE VANISHING BAYOU COMMUNITY OF ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Melinda Rose reads and signs her book about the Native American people… Continue reading →

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. “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. “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. “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 →