Friday, June 24, 2011

Book events this week

Jeff Kinney, author of the popular “Wimpy Kid” books, will be at the Nims Fine Art Center on The Academy of the Sacred Heart’s campus at 4301 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans on Friday.
Former FEMA Director Michael D. Brown will sign “Deadly Indifference The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, the Bush White House, and Beyond,” from 3-4:30 p.m. today (June 24) at Maple Street Book Shop and from 6-7:30 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop, both in New Orleans.
Kevin Henkes will sign copies of his children’s books at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Maple Street Book Shop. At Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans native and best-selling children’s author Mo Willems will sign his books from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.
New York Times best-selling young adult novelist Sarah Dessen will sign copies of her books from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Octavia Books in New Orleans. David Unger will discuss and sign his book, “Price of Escape,” at 1 p.m. Saturday at the New Orleans Public Library.
Tomie DePaola (“Strega Nona,” “Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise”) and Richard Peck (“Three Quarters Dead”) will sign their books from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, and authors N.H. Senzai and Frances O’Roark Dowell will sign their new titles at 1 p.m. Monday at Maple Street Bookstore in New Orleans.
Kate DiCamillo, award-winning and best-selling author of middle grade books, will sign copies at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Octavia Books in New Orleans. DiCamillo’s books include “Because of Winn-Dixie” (a Newbery Honor book), “The Tiger Rising” (a National Book Award finalist), “The Tale of Despereaux” (winner of the 2003 Newbery Medal), early chapter books about a pig named Mercy Watson and “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” (winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award). Also at Octavia this week are Ingrid Law, Jay Asher and Maureen Johnson signing books at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, and Elana Johnson, Jenny Han, Jessi Kirby and John Corey Whaley signing books at 2 p.m. and Tom Franklin (“Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter”) and Laura Lippman (“I’d Know You Anywhere”) signing at 6 p.m. Monday, June 27. Dorothea Benton Frank signs copies of “Folly Beach” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. 
Food writer Sheri Castle signs “The New Southern Garden Cookbook” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 27, and Dr. Timothy Harlan signs “Just Tell Me What to Eat” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans.
Keith Midkiff, author of “New Orleans Besieged,” will be reading from and signing his alternate history book at the Old Metairie Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29.
Carolyn Shelton will speak about cookbook writing at the Writers’ Guild of Acadiana meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Barnes & Noble, 5707 Johnston St. in Lafayette.