Thursday, January 17, 2019

Friends of Lafayette Library fiction book sale

The Friends of the Lafayette Library are having a "Cozy Up with a Good Book and Read" sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, 2019, at the Main Library in downtown Lafayette. On sale will be all types of fiction: science fiction, mystery, adventure and general fiction. Books will cost the same as the Friends' giant sale in the spring and fall - $1 per inch for hard backs and 50 cents per inch for paperbacks. 

The Friends of the Lafayette Library have donated more than $850,000 to the public library, all from book sales. Come help out the library and get a few good books in the process.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Three authors to speak Jan. 17

Three local authors/artists will present their books that focus on New Orleans culture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This event is free and open to the public. There is no registration.

Kit Wohl, New Orleans Icons: Iron Lace
The wrought and cast ironwork of New Orleans is lauded worldwide for its intricacy and timelessness. Generations of artisans have labored to create the unyielding filigrees that guard windows, doors, and, gardens. Now, award-winning author Kit Wohl eloquently marries her passions for art, photography, and metalwork in this stunning tour of Crescent City craftsmanship. Graced with photographs of the city’s most famed works, histories of each piece and its location transport readers on a journey of elegance and beauty. From the famous cornstalk fence to the storied splendor of the Pontalba Buildings, these vignettes illuminate the rich tapestry of New Orleans’s heritage.

Kit Wohl is an author and artist with a passion for the culinary arts. She works with chefs, restaurants and hotels across the country, and her artwork is held in collections across the Americas and Europe and includes chandeliers, railings and sculptures. New Orleans Icons: Iron Lace is her 12th book. Arnaud’s Restaurant Cookbook: New Orleans Legendary Creole Cuisine, published by Pelican in 2005, received national acclaim, and The P&J Oyster Cookbook was named Cookbook of the Year by New Orleans Magazine. Her books in the Classics Series include New Orleans Classic Creole Recipes, New Orleans Classic Celebrations, New Orleans Classic Cocktails, New Orleans Classic Brunches, New Orleans Classic Desserts, New Orleans Classic Appetizers, New Orleans Classic Seafood, and New Orleans Classic Gumbos and Soups.

Armand Richardson, A Fire in My Lens
Through the vibrant images captured in his compositions, photographer Armand J. “Sheik” Richardson lures the viewer into the city that lives within his imagination. Richardson relates the experimentation that first brought to life the world he saw through his camera’s lens. His anecdotes accompany each picture, providing context to the images while conveying the pallet of colors and textures that makes New Orleans such a unique place. From personal moments of his childhood, family, and friends to professional shoots and casual snapshots of the hidden life and everyday events in the city, Richardson presents a visual record of New Orleans.

Armand Richardson was born and raised in New Orleans. After a brief stint in the military, Richardson earned degrees and certifications from Loyola and Tulane Universities, Delgado Community College, and the University of New Orleans. He held many jobs before returning to his passion and opening Penumbra Photos in 1975, focusing on forensic and commercial photography. Richardson is also the founder of the Arabi Wrecking Krewe which provided disaster relief services for the city’s culture bearers. 

John R. Kemp, Auseklis Ozols
According to John Kemp, few great painters have had the uncanny ability to transition between the worlds of teacher and artist. He says Auseklis Ozols is one of them. Ozols founded the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, where he emphasizes the classical disciplines of artistic instruction. In this biography, Kemp uses Ozols’ own paintings to reveal the life of the artist and teacher dedicated to passing down the lessons of the great painters of the past.

John R. Kemp, a New Orleans native, writes about New Orleans and Louisiana for a number of regional and national magazines, including Art Antiques, ARTNews, American Artist, Louisiana Life, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. He is deputy director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Kemp is also the author of several books, including Alan Flattmann’s French Quarter Impressions.


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.usThis post was taken from a press release from the library.


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.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Cherie Claire's 'A Cajun Dream' chosen for Lauren Royal's book club, Jan. 28 Mardi Gras-themed party

Do you love historical romance, Cajun stories and Mardi Gras parties? Then you won't want to miss this wonderful opportunity for a free novel and a fun festivity.
Best-selling author Lauren Royal has chosen Louisiana author Cherie Claire's "A Cajun Dream," part of Claire's award-winning Cajun Series of historical romances, as the January book for her Chase Family Readers Group
For the followers of Royal's Facebook page (and it's easy to join, simply join the page), you can download Claire’s book for FREE. The download link is on the page.
Then mark your calendar for the Mardi Gras-themed Book Club party, which will take place on the Chase Family Readers Group Facebook page on Monday, Jan. 28! Costumes welcome so get looking for that fabulous 19th century Carnival attire.

"A Cajun Dream" is part of the six-book Cajun Series. 


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Actress and writer Laura Cayouette to speak Saturday at the South Louisiana chapter of Romance Writers

Actress and writer Laura Cayouette will talk about her experiences as an author – self-publishing, writing a series, creativity, inspiration and other subjects – at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 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 the Romance Writers of America. This event is free of charge and is open to the public. There is no registration.

Best known as Leonardo DiCaprio’s sister in Django Unchained, Cayouette has acted in more than 60 movies and TV shows includingKill BillNow You See MeFriends and recurring roles on Treme and Queen Sugar

Cayouette earned her master's degree in creative writing and English literature at the University of South Alabama where she was presented the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. She’s taught both English and acting/directing at various universities.

She has authored several books including the Charlotte Reade Mystery series, which features colorful local characters, a haunted chandelier and mysteries, though no murders.

Cayouette is also the author of Know Small Parts: An Actor's Guide to Turning Minutes into Moments and Moments into a Career with a foreword by Richard Dreyfuss and endorsements from Kevin Costner and others, and Lemonade Farm, a coming-of-age novel set in a commune in rural Maryland in 1976. She lives in New Orleans and writes a blog, latonola.com, about her love for the city.


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For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 orwcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us. This post was taken from a press release from the library.


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.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Lafayette Reads Together: Finding Gobi

Lafayette Reads Together, a community read that involves the Lafayette Public Library, the Lafayette Parish School System and many other local organizations, chose “Finding Gobi” by Dion Leonard as the 2019 pick. The event begins Monday, Jan. 14, and free copies of the book are available at library branches throughout Lafayette.

Here's the book description: 


In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a grueling 155-mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name "Gobi," proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles.

As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. In the past he had always focused on winning and being the best, but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. Although Dion did not finish first, he felt he had won something far greater and promised to bring Gobi back to the UK for good to become a new addition to his family. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever.

Here are some of the events scheduled for this year at the Lafayette Library:

An Evening with Dion Leonard
Author Dion Leonard will talk about his journey in “Finding Gobi” while running an ultramarathon in the Gobi Desert. Along the way, he discovered many things about himself and China. For ages 9 and up, book signing to follow. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6:15 – 7:30 pm, Main Library. (337) 261-5787.

Talk to a Dog Expert! 
Join dog expert Ally Lockin from Zendog Training and her dog to learn about canine body language, how to greet a dog properly, and much more! All Ages. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2–3 pm, South Regional Library, (337) 981-1028.

Finding Gobi: Book Discussion 
Take part in a discussion of “Finding Gobi” with special guest Christine Duay, LPSS Director of Early Childhood. She will bring along the public schools’ service dog, Willow. For Ages 14 and up. Monday, Feb. 11, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Main Library and Monday, Feb. 18, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, South Regional Library.


And there’s lots more! Visit the Lafayette Public Library website for more information.



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.