Wednesday, September 19, 2018

College Night at the Library Sept 20 in Metairie

College Night at the Library, an opportunity for students to visit with admissions representatives from local colleges and universities, will occur from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This event is free and is open to the public. There is no registration. This event is geared for public, private, parochial and homeschooled high school students and their parents.

College Day begins at 6:30 p.m. with a panel discussion that will focus on admission requirements, availability of campus tours, online applications vs. paper applications, application deadlines, popular majors, internship opportunities, types of campus housing, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and more.

The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Following the Q-and-A Session, admissions representatives will be available at tables for further discussion with prospective students. They represent the following institutions.

·         University of New Orleans
·         Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
·         Loyola University, New Orleans
·         Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana
·         University of Holy Cross, New Orleans
·         Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana
·         Southeastern Louisiana State University, Hammond
·         Xavier University, New Orleans
·         Delgado Community College, New Orleans

There are two out-of-state colleges or universities.

·         Denison University, Granville, Ohio
·         Birmingham Southern, Birmingham, Alabama

College Day at the Library is coordinated by Carol Langston, PhD. She is the owner of Langston Educational Consulting. Langston has served as a College Board essay consultant, an AP Spanish reader, and has authored a chapter in a college counseling textbook that is used to certify counselors as college counselors.

For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.





Louisiana Book News is written by award-winning author Chere Dastugue Coen, who writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Her first book in each series is FREE to download as an ebook, including "Emilie," book one of The Cajun Series, "Ticket to Paradise," book one of The Cajun Embassy series and "A Ghost of a Chance," the first Viola Valentine mystery.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The New Southern Cookbook

I met Pam Wattenbarger on a travel-writing trip through Georgia and was immediately taken in by her easy-going sunny disposition and sweet tea Southern accent. A Georgia resident, she’s had her work cut out cooking to deal with a variety of allergies within her family. 

And that’s what’s doubly special about “The New Southern Cookbook: Classic Family Recipes and Modern Twists on Old Favorites” by Wattenbarger and her daughter, Brittany Wattenbarger. The book will be available at all bookstores Sept. 18, 2018.

The cookbook is filled with Southern goodness, recipes and photos to make you drool before heating up the oven. There are a number of comfort foods such as angel biscuits with sausage gravy, chicken potpie with cornmeal pastry, honey barbecue wings with peach sweet ’n’ sour sauce and slow cooker apple cobbler. Shoot, she had me at biscuits!
Pam Wattenbarger

In addition, there’s plenty of healthy dishes — easy shrimp Creole, chicken and veggie skillet, Pam’s chicken with artichokes, watermelon salsa. Family recipes abound as well, from Pam’s father’s chili recipe to her mother’s chicken noodle soup.

Because of family allergies, the mother-daughter team offers codes on top of the recipes, denoting what’s dairy free, gluten free, nut free, vegetarian and vegan. It’s an invaluable resource for those facing restrictions but still desire those delicious Southern favorites.

Pam Wattenbarger writes about traditional Southern dishes with allergy-friendly adaptions on her websites, SimplySouthernMom.com and Exploravore.com. Brittany Wattenbarger, who suffers with celiac disease, has spent years recreating her favorite recipes to deal with her illness and her daughter’s milk allergy. Mother and daughter have produced an awesome cookbook that’s sure to be a godsend to those Southerners — and Southern food lovers — dealing with food restrictions. But don’t bypass this book if your stomach’s made of iron. These recipes are for everyone.




Louisiana Book News is written by award-winning author Chere Dastugue Coen, who writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Her first book in each series is FREE to download as an ebook, including "Emilie," book one of The Cajun Series, "Ticket to Paradise," book one of The Cajun Embassy series and "A Ghost of a Chance," the first Viola Valentine mystery.



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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Books Along the Teche Literary Festival kicks off 2019 event with poster unveiling, party on Oct. 4 in New Iberia

The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival — to be April 5-7, 2019 — will unveil its 2019 poster during an evening of celebration from 6-8 pm Thursday, Oct. 4, at Clementine On Main in downtown New Iberia. The festival’s kickoff event will feature commissioned artist Jerome Weber and will include hors d’oeuvres and dessert. A cash bar will be available.  Tickets are $25.

The literary festival — April 5-7, 2019 — will include celebrated authors, an academic symposium, reader’s theater, bourre lessons, local tours, film screenings and more.

Tickets for the Oct. 4 poster unveiling may be purchased through Eventbrite or at Shadows-on-the-Teche. Signed posters will be sold during the event for $35.



For more information, contact Barbara Gautreaux at (337) 380-4279, techefest@gmail.com, or visit BooksAlongTheTecheLiteraryFestival.com




Louisiana Book News is written by award-winning author Chere Dastugue Coen, who writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Her first book in each series is FREE to download as an ebook, including "Emilie," book one of The Cajun Series, "Ticket to Paradise," book one of The Cajun Embassy series and "A Ghost of a Chance," the first Viola Valentine mystery.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Comedians to teach comedy writing Sept. 15


Comedians Chris Champagne and Mike Strecker will talk about comedy writing and how to write effective humor at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This event occurs as part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the South Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America. It is free of charge and is open to the public.

During the presentation, Champagne and Strecker will talk about the following.

·         Voice
·         How to use comedy with conflict
·         How to be humorous in a meaningful way that promotes the plot
·         The rule of three
·         Misdirection
·         Using funny anecdotes and stories

Chris Champagne is a graduate of the Orleans Parish School System and of the University of New Orleans where he earned a BA in History. He is a writer, performer, poet, comedian, political satirist, radio show host and columnist who has performed on stages throughout the Greater New Orleans area.

He was voted one of 144 New Orleans Characters in 2012 and also was voted best comedian in New Orleans in 2013 and 2014. He was a member of National Poetry Slam teams in San Francisco in 1993 and Chicago in 1999. He received artist residencies from the Alliance of Artists in 2006 and The College of Santa Fe in 2008. Champagne is the author of the poetry book Roach Opera, and The Yat Dictionary, a book on the dialect spoken by many native Orleanians. He is also the author ofSecret New Orleans, published in 2017.

Mike Strecker has performed at comedy clubs throughout the United States, including The Improv in Los Angeles, HA! Comedy Club in New York, and the House of Blues in New Orleans, where he was billed as one of the top acts of the New Orleans Comedy Festival. He has won numerous comedy contests. He is a regular performer with Heffron Talent, Ken-Ran Entertainment, Summit Comedy, Running Funny, and other booking agencies throughout the country. Going to the grocery store, buying a car, or trying to make a relationship work provide the basis for Strecker’s humor.

Strecker is the author of Jokes for Crescent City Kids which includes more than 600 jokes as well as advice for kids about delivery of punch lines. It also includes a “Who Dat” glossary of local terms and their pronunciations.

For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.




Louisiana Book News is written by award-winning author Chere Dastugue Coen, who writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Her first book in each series is FREE to download as an ebook, including "Emilie," book one of The Cajun Series, "Ticket to Paradise," book one of The Cajun Embassy series and "A Ghost of a Chance," the first Viola Valentine mystery.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

'Mr. Schu' to speak on igniting passion to read in children

Jonathan Schumacher, aka “Mr. Schu,” nationally known for his expertise in children’s literature and for igniting a passion to read, will speak from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Friday, Sept. 14, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The event is free and open to the public with no registration necessary.
  
Schumacher will share his experiences in promoting a culture of reading among students, staff, and parents. A K-5 librarian in Oak Brook, Illinois, Schumacher reads an average of 2,000 children’s books every year. Since 2002, he has read children’s books almost exclusively.

Schumacher is a blogger, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. He served on the 2014 Newbery committee, which named the title Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures "the most distinguished contribution to children's literature." He has also served on ALSC’s Children and Technology committee, AASL’s Best Websites for Teachers and Learning, two readers’ choice award committees, the School Library Month Planning Committee, and the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature selection committee. 

Library Journal named him “The Xtreme Librarian” for the high level of exertion he uses to get kids reading, and Instructor Magazine named him a Cool Teacher for redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian. He blogs daily at MrSchuReads.com. He also hosts the Scholastic Book Fairs web series "Mr. Schu Goes to the Book Fair" and co-edits the "Reader Leader" blog.


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For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.



Louisiana Book News is written by award-winning author Chere Dastugue Coen, who writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Her first book in each series is FREE to download as an ebook, including "Emilie," book one of The Cajun Series, "Ticket to Paradise," book one of The Cajun Embassy series and "A Ghost of a Chance," the first Viola Valentine mystery.