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Lobrano’s tour of Paris written in memoir style

'Hungry for Paris'

“Hungry for Paris” by Alexander Lobrano. Random House, 2014. $18. Food writer Alexander Lobrano takes the reader on a gourmet tour of Paris in this updated edition of his 2008 guide. Detailing his 109 favorite restaurants, grouped geographically, the chapters are interspersed with short essays on life in… Continue reading →

Area book events for April 12 - 17

“HOT PURSUIT”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Stuart Woods reads and signs his latest book in the Stone Barrington series. (504) 899-7323. “SOIL”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Jamie Kornegay discusses and signs his book about a paranoid farmer’s… Continue reading →

New Orleans-area book events fro April 7-11

ew Orleans area Book events “LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY”: 4:30 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Mike Curato will read and sign his children’s book about a polka-dotted elephant. (504) 899-7323. “DEEP-ROOTED WISDOM — SKILLS AND STORIES FROM GENERATIONS OF GARDENERS”: 7 p.m., New… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events March 29 through April

ew Orleans area Book events “AFRO-VEGAN — FARM FRESH AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN AND SOUTHERN FLAVORS REMIXED”: 11 a.m., Bourbon House, 144 Bourbon St. Chef and food activist Bryant Terry and New York magazine food critic Adam Platt discuss Terry’s new book, with tastings — part of… Continue reading →

Well-researched book tells personal story of slavery

'Beyond Freedom's Reach' by Adam Rothman

“Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery” by Adam Rothman. Harvard University Press, 2015. $29.95. Historians tend to view slavery in economic and social terms. Adam Rothman, associate professor of history at Georgetown University goes beyond the institution itself to tell the very… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events, March 22-April 13, 2015

“WALKING NEW ORLEANS”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Barri Bronston launches her book of 30 tours exploring historic neighborhoods, waterfront districts, culinary and music corridors and recreational wonderlands. (504) 899-7323.… Continue reading →

‘Holy Mark’ explores priest’s dark secrets

'The Holy Mark' by Gregory Alexander

“The Holy Mark. The Tragedy of a Fallen Priest” by Gregory Alexander. Hill City Press, 2014. $14.99. “But we can’t keep our true selves bottled up forever. They’ve got to come out.” Native New Orleanian Gregory Alexander introduces us to Father Tony, originally born Joe Broussard,… Continue reading →

New Orleans book events, March 15-April 23, 2015

This photo provided by Penguin Young Readers shows the cover of the book, "The Nonsense Show," by author, Eric Carle. (AP Photo/Penguin Young Readers)

ew Orleans area Book events “THE JAGUAR STONES, BOOK FOUR — THE LOST CITY”: 4 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Jon and Pamela Voelkel present and sign the latest book in their adventure series. (504) 899-7323.… Continue reading →

Characters take journey to remember, if they can

'The Strange Library' by Haruki Murakami

“The Buried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. $26.95 The latest novel from Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Remains of the Day”) is set is the distant past in misty Britain. Axl and Beatrice, two elderly Britons, set off across a land filled with ogres and pixies and even… Continue reading →

La. attorney makes mark with ‘Crude Justice’

'Crude Justice: How I Fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should Know About the New Environmental Attack on America' by Stuart H. Smith

“Crude Justice: How I Fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should Know About the New Environmental Attack on America” by Stuart H. Smith. Ben Bella, 2015. $24.95. New Orleans lawyer Stuart Smith is a veteran of the fight against Big Oil and pollution. Making his mark… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events, March 7-April 23, 2015

Book events “SEVEN WONDERS — THE CURSE OF THE KING”: 3:30 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Author Peter Lerangis signs and discusses the fourth book in his young adult series about a young man and the seven ancient wonders. (504) 899-7323.… Continue reading →

Books take young readers on world adventures

Keith Hemstreet, co-author of 'Gannon and Wyatt'

Patti Wheeler’s twin boys, Gannon and Wyatt, were flying before they could walk. Wheeler, a former flight attendant, and her husband, a businessman, took the twins on vacations all over the world from the time they were born, homeschooling them through fourth grade. Then one day, when the boys were about 9 and releasing an injured… Continue reading →

New Orleans-area book events, March 1-April 21, 2015

Baton Rouge attorney Michael Rubin's debut novel, 'The Cottoncrest Curse'

Book events “A PENGUIN NAMED PATIENCE — A HURRICANE KATRINA RESCUE STORY”: 11 a.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Suzanne Lewis launches her book about a South African penguin from the Aquarium of the Americas and her travails following the storm. (504) 899-7323.… Continue reading →

Book review: Rocking with The Ramones

'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone' by Marky Ramone

“Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone” by Marky Ramone with Rich Herschlag. Touchstone, 2015. $28. The Ramones are one of my favorite bands of all time, but I knew very little about Marky Ramone before reading this book. Marky Ramone might be the least well-known… Continue reading →

New Orleans book events, Feb. 15-March 28, 2015

Book events “HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD ON $50 A DAY”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Matt Kepnes, “Nomadic Matt,” signs and discusses his book about making the most of a few dollars when traveling. (504) 895-2266.… Continue reading →

150 years after assassination, Lincoln still resonates

'Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History

“Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History” by Richard Wightman Fox. W.W. Norton, 2015. $28.95. This year marks 150 years since Abraham Lincoln was killed by an assassin’s bullet as he took in a play, and there’s a slew of books to commemorate his life and legacy. This is among the best of them.… Continue reading →

Book follows ‘100 Days’ leading to Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s Super Bowl blackout, focuses on New Orleans’ rebranding post-Katrina

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Half the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is in darkness due to blackout during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/ BILL FEIG.

New Orleans, someone once said, is a city that is always talking to itself, in constant conversation about its history, its future, and the changes along the way. Add to the names of those who contribute to our civic dialogue that of Brian Boyles, vice president for content of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities… Continue reading →

New Orleans book events, Feb. 1 - March 19, 2015

'Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary' by Anita Anand.

“THE MARAUDERS”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Tom Cooper signs and reads his work about a one-armed treasure hunter in south Louisiana and his travails and encounters. (504) 895-2266. “THE TEST — WHY OUR SCHOOLS ARE OBSESSED WITH STANDARDIZED TESTING”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books,… Continue reading →

La. native’s first novel has little bit of everything

'The Saints of Lost Things

“The Saints of Lost Things: A Novel” by C.H. Lawler. CreateSpace, 2014. $19.99. Love blooms as Hurricane Betsy sloshed ashore in Louisiana in 1965, and Louisiana native C.H. Lawler’s first novel takes Sammy Teague and Betsy Duplechain through a gauntlet of history, of class, of race and even a little bit of the… Continue reading →

Edie Spence dives into darkness in series finale

“Bloodshifted” by Cassie Alexander. St. Martin’s, 2014. $7.99. Edie Spence is back and is going somewhere she never dreamed she would — straight into vampire territory. In order to save her baby and herself, Edie travels down into the catacombs of a vampire nightclub. She made a deal with a vampire… Continue reading →