Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday ebook spotlight: Farrah Rochon

Farrah Rochon, who lives just outside New Orleans, publishes romances in print and ebooks. "Mr. Right Next Door," the Camp Firefly Falls Book 6, is available for only $2.99 at Amazon, KoboNook and other iBooks

Here's the book's description: When Leah Cross’s fiancé decides he no longer wants to get married, the hardworking finance analyst is determined to attend the couple’s retreat at Camp Firefly Falls anyway. But after being dumped, the humiliation of showing up alone is too much for Leah to bear. She needs a stand-in ASAP. At the top of her list: her hot next-door neighbor, Caleb Scott. 

For the past four months undercover detective Caleb Scott has been on self-imposed desk duty following an on-the-job incident that shattered his confidence. A weekend fishing trip with his buddies was supposed to be the perfect opportunity for Caleb to clear his mind and make some hard decisions about his future, but after they all bail on him, he’s stuck trying to figure out what to do with his time off. That is, until the neighbor he’s been secretly lusting after for a year invites him to join her at a summer camp for adults.

Can this platonic weekend in the mountains blossom into something more? It will if Caleb has anything to say about it. 

Louisiana Book News is written by journalist Chere Dastugue Coen, who writes Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. The first two books in her award-winning series are free as ebooks! For more information and to sign up for her newsletter visit www.cherieclaire.net.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Banned Books Week starts today

Today starts Banned Books Week, an event sponsored by a national alliance of diverse organizations to combat censorship of books. Banned Books Week began in 1982 when a surge of book challenges occurred. Since its inception, more than 11,300 books have been challenged, according to the American Library Association.
The 10 most challenged titles of 2015 were “Looking for Alaska” by John Green, “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James, “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out” by Susan Kuklin, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon, “The Holy Bible,”
“Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel, “Habibi” by Craig Thompson, “Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan” by Jeanette Winter and “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan.
            For more information, visit the American Library Association at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek.

Two ULL Press titles look at French Louisiana traditions

            The University of Louisiana Press will release two works of children’s/adolescent literature this Wednesday at Pop’s Poboys in downtown Lafayette. They are “Madame Grand Doigt” by Yvette Landry with illustrations by Cullen Anthony Bernard and “Jean-le-Chasseur et ses chiens” by Barry Ancelet with illustrations by Denise Gallagher.
            Landry is an award-winning singer, songwriter, musician and educator. Her first children’s book, “The Ghost Tree,” received a nomination for the Louisiana’s Young Readers Choice Award and represented Louisiana at the National Book Fair in Washington, D.C. Bernard is a visual artist and illustrator from Lafayette and the owner and operator of Folklore Goods and Supply, a local business that focuses on unique functional art and apparel.
            The book follows the old Cajun folktale of a creepy old woman with long fingernails who grabs little kids who don’t fall asleep, no doubt told by parents over the years to get their children to go to bed. In Landry’s tale, two adolescent girls find the real Madame Grand Doigt in the woods near their camp, along with some terrifying discoveries.
Ancelet is a retired professor of modern languages and folklore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Gallagher is a designer and illustrator based in Lafayette. They’ve collaborated on an adaptation of a Louisiana French folktale in which Jean-le-Chasseur finds a beautiful young woman while hunting in the woods with his dogs. What the dogs see, however, is something different and they rescue their master from what is really an old witch with a hatred for love.
The main text of “Jean-le-Chasseur et ses chiens” is written in a style of Louisiana French meant to mirror its oral origins. In the back is an English translation.
Both books will be available for purchase at Wednesday’s event along with autographing by the authors and illustrators. Light refreshments will be served.

Landry will also be offering a workshop on songwriting and storytelling at the Festival of Words literary event Nov. 4-5 in Grand Coteau.

Cavanaugh Lecture
Ashley Weaver, author of “Death Wears a Mask,” will discuss the “delicate art of murder,” getting published and editing at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Alexandria. Weaver, who has a masters in library science from LSU, is also the author of “Murder at the Brightwell.” Her next novel, “A Most Novel Revenge,” hits bookstores in October.

LSU library
To kick off Homecoming Week at LSU, the LSU Libraries Special Collections will host Faye Phillips, author of “The Golden Band from Tigerland: A History of LSU’s Marching Band” (LSU Press, September 2016), co-authored with Tom Continé, at 6 p.m. Tuesday (informal pre-talk reception to begin at 5:30 p.m.) in the lecture hall of Hill Memorial Library on the LSU campus.  Director of Bands Emeritus Frank Wickes, who wrote a foreword for the history, will also be on hand to sign copies. Books will be sold onsite by the LSU Barnes & Noble.

Book events
            Camille Pavy Claibourne will speak on “Finding Faith in Caring for Others” at 10:30 a.m. today at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lafayette. Claibourne is the author of “Purses & Shoes for Sale: The joys and challenges of caring for your elderly parents” and “Dying in God’s Hands.”
            New Orleans author Whitney Stewart will discuss and sign her new book, “Feldpost: The War Letters, Friedrich Reiner Niemann” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Octavia Books of New Orleans. The book documents the life and frontline experiences of a German soldier from the 6th Infantry Division from 1941-1945. Niemann was sent to the Russian Front four times and wrote his final two letters home from Poland on Jan. 12, 1945, before he disappeared during the Soviet Vistula-Oder Offensive. After the war, the Niemann family preserved Reiner's letters and photographs, and shipped them to New Orleans where Reiner’s sister, Liselotte Andersson, had emigrated. The documents surfaced after Hurricane Katrina flooded the family house. Stewart is Andersson’s daughter-in-law, and with Denis Havel has translated the letters. Stewart grew up in New England and is the author of numerous children’s books, adult nonfiction, and travel writing.
            The Rotary Club of Abbeville will host a book drive from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Azul Tequila in Abbeville. Cost is $10.95 per person plus a book donation. All books will be donated to Light House Christian Preparatory School to help them get a library started. Other book drop-off locations are Abbeville Electric, Facts-5, Abbeville Chiropractic Clinic, Melancon Jewelers and Gulf Coast Bank.
            New Orleans Storycom will be Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 at the Wyndam Garden Baronne Plaza, New Orleans
Josh Capps and Toby Daspit will read as part of the Thursday Night Reading presented by the UL-Lafayette English Department, EGSA and Sigma Tau Delta at 7 p.m. Thursday at Poets, 1043 Johnston St.

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country.” She writes Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Write her at cherecoen@gmail.com.