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200 years of history propels ‘Poydras Home’

Pamela Tyler, author of 'New Orleans Women and the Poydras Home: More Durable Than Marble'

It’s easy to take history for granted in New Orleans. There’s just so darned much of it. Often, we walk past gorgeous old buildings and we know their names, but maybe we only have the vaguest notions of what happened — or happens — within. Now, thanks to historian Pamela Tyler’s “New Orleans Women and… Continue reading →

Check out what you’ll find at the Jazz Fest Book Tent

The Book Tent is staffed by the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association. All proceeds go to local literacy programs. “HEAR DATE NEW ORLEANS — A GUIDE TO THE RICH MUSICAL HERITAGE AND LIVELY CURRENT SCENE”: noon. Michael Murphy signs his latest book about the Crescent City. “MARDI GRASFISH”: 1… Continue reading →

New Orleans Poetry Festival hosts readings, music and workshops across the city

Photo by Louis Maistros -- Bill Lavender

It’s that festive time of year when we celebrate our favorite music, our greatest playwright, our delicious strawberries, and now, our lively poetry scene. The New Orleans Poetry Festival makes its debut Friday and runs through Sunday, offering a full weekend of music, panels, workshops and readings. What better way to observe Poetry Month in New… Continue reading →

Remembering the Lusitania: Author Erik Larson describes doomed voyage in fascinating detail in latest book

Photo by Benjamin Benschneider -- Author Erik Larson will discuss his book on the sinking of the Lusitania at the Jewish Community Center on Tuesday.

To read an Erik Larson book is to live in the past — the exciting and interesting past — for just a little while. Readers have followed Larson (no relation to this writer) into the turbulent wind and water of the 1900 hurricane on Galveston Island in “Isaac’s Storm,” the excitement of the 1893 World’s Fair… Continue reading →

New Orleans-area book events for April 3, 2016

“THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER — KNUD PEDERSEN AND THE CHURCHILL CLUB”: 1 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Phillip Hoose discusses and signs his book about the young Danish resistance fighters in World War II. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com. “BLACK HOLE BLUES AND… Continue reading →

‘New Orleans Mardi Gras Moments’: an illustrated book of all things Carnival

Just in time for Carnival comes “New Orleans Mardi Gras Moments,” a new book by Peggy Scott Laborde and photographer Judi Bottoni. It’s less than 100 pages long but filled to the brim with color photos depicting all aspects of Carnival, including parades, marching bands, Mardi Gras Indians and king cakes. Although locals will… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for this week: Jan. 31 - Feb. 7

ew Orleans AREA BOOK EVENTS “LEFT TO CHANGE — HURRICANE KATRINA AND THE STORY OF TWO NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOODS”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. UNO’s Vern Baxter and Pam Jenkins present and sign their book about two African-American neighborhoods and the storm. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.… Continue reading →

Playboy magazine’s Hugh Hefner was a champion of jazz

Photo from 'Playboy Swings' -- Dizzy Gillespie jams at the New Orleans Playboy club. Al Belletto, who performed at the club and booked its music, is at right.

Playboy magazine stripped of nudity — a brand adjustment owed to Internet-delivered availability of nudity and so much more — signals the end of an era. It was an era, a new book asserts, in which the magazine and its founder made pop-culture contributions well beyond Bunnies, Playmates and, of course, all those fascinating articles.… Continue reading →

How ex-Del Fuegos member Warren Zanes found his calling at Loyola, went on to write Tom Petty's bio

On Feb. 3, 2008, Tom Petty performs at halftime during Super Bowl XLII, featuring the New York Giants and New England Patriots, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

In the summer of 1987, Warren Zanes and his band the Del Fuegos spent three months on tour with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Two years later, Zanes was working at Bicycle Michael’s on Frenchmen Street when he heard a familiar voice. “I remember the scene vividly,” Zanes recalled recently. “I was repairing a crappy… Continue reading →

This week's New Orleans area book events: Jan. 3 - 10

ew Orleans AREA BOOK EVENTS “THE STRUGGLE IS REAL —FINALLY BREAK THE DIETING CYCLE, TRANSFORM YOUR MIND AND BODY AND EVOLVE INTO THE PERSON YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Karol Brandt-Gilmartin and Robby D’Angelo discuss and sign their… Continue reading →

This week's New Orleans area book events: Dec. 27 - Jan. 2

ew Orleans AREA BOOK EVENTS “THE STRUGGLE IS REAL —FINALLY BREAK THE DIETING CYCLE, TRANSFORM YOUR MIND AND BODY AND EVOLVE INTO THE PERSON YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Karol Brandt-Gilmartin and Robby D’Angelo discuss and sign their… Continue reading →

Turn the Tide: Resilience stressed for girls to succeed

Photo provided by Oxford University Press"Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture" is written by LSU professor Laura Choate.

Growing up has always been tough, but for girls today, it’s getting even harder, says author and counselor Laura Choate. The pressure to be sexy, smart and popular is hurting modern girls, says the LSU professor in her new book, “Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture.” “There really are a lot… Continue reading →

‘Ride to Win’ takes a close look at how great jockeys triumph

Jockey Randy Romero won 4,294 races and over $75 million.

Over a career of more than 3,700 wins, famed jockey Julie Krone encountered four kinds of horses: the playful horse, the worrier, the claustrophobic and the shy. Her tactics would change depending on the horse’s personality. Pat Day has a “God-given” talent for communicating with his horse what he wants it to do. And Jerry Bailey… Continue reading →

Check this week's New Orleans area book events: Dec. 5-12

“MY LIFE ON THE ROAD”: 3 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Gloria Steinem reads and signs her latest book. Rescheduled from earlier. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com. “LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Carol McMichael Reese, Tina Freeman… Continue reading →

New biography paints unique picture of Clifton Chenier

'Way Down in Louisiana' by Todd Mouton

Todd Mouton, a longtime presence in South Louisiana music, knows as much about the late King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier — who received a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2014, just under 25 years after his death — as anyone. But in his new book, “Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop Music,” he… Continue reading →

New biography paints unique picture of Clifton Chenier

'Way Down in Louisiana' by Todd Mouton

Todd Mouton, a longtime presence in South Louisiana music, knows as much about the late King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier — who received a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2014, just under 25 years after his death — as anyone. But in his new book, “Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop Music,” he… Continue reading →

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. octaviabooks.com. “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, nolabookfest.org. 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. mapleleafbar.com/poetry-maple-leaf-bar-new-orleans. “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 →