The Foundation for Historical Louisiana will sponsor a lecture and book signing with author Andrew Smith at noon Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Old Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge. Smith will discuss his book Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War. Admission is free for FHL members and $10 for guests.
Warren Perrin will sign copies of “Vermilion Parish” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Thriftway Pharmacy in Abbeville.
The Friends of the Lafayette Library Book Sale will be Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 20-22, at the Heyman Performing Arts and Convention Center Ballroom in Lafayette. Friends members get a sneak preview from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, and you can join up at the door for only a small fee. Regular hours to the general public are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 21-22, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. This year’s silent auction, held in conjunction with the sale, will at the South Regional Branch Library, 6101 Johnston St. Titles available for auction can be viewed at the Friends’ website, www.friendsofthelafayettelibrary.org. For information, call 501-9209.
Casa Azul Gifts in Grand Coteau will host a Multilingual Open Mic at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, featuring poems, songs and stories performed in different languages. The free event is open to the public and appropriate for all ages. For more information, contact Patrice Melnick at (337) 662-1032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The film “The Motorcycle Diaries” will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the South Regional Branch Library, 6101 Johnston St., as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.“The Milagro Beanfield War” will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, with a “Movie Coffee Break” at 8 p.m. to discuss the movie and the John Nichols book on which it was based.
Casa Azul Gifts in Grand Coteau will host a poetry reading by Nicole Poret, followed by an open mic, concluding with a dramatic reading of Jo Englerth's and Bonnie Camos' The Gris Gris Sisters performed by Patricia Cravins and Becca Begnaud at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.
100 Thousand Poets for Change
On Sept. 24, several Louisiana poets will be part of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change, the largest poetry event in history involving more than 500 events in 350-plus cities in 80 countries. One of those cities will be Lafayette. Numerous poetry–related events will happen at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette, with the $6 admission being donated to non-profit organizations. Jessica Bordelon of The Break Room Coffee Shop, Jonathan Penton of Unlikely Stories magazine and Rhonda Dean Robison and Lana Maht Wiggins of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette will perform a multi-generational, multi-approach poetry show and festival. Traditional poets such as former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque and LSU’s Laura Mullen will perform with the spoken word troupe Revolution Theory. Poets from Shreveport, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and throughout Acadiana are scheduled to participate, and the ULL poetry group will perform a series of open-space musical and literary skits. An open mic will accommodate last-minute additions to the stage and local organizations will discuss what they’re doing for change in Louisiana. During the intermission, there will be 100 Thousand Poets for Change Webcasts in the AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theatre. The Lafayette event will be webcast and recorded and archived by UC Stanford. Sponsors for the event are Acting Up (in Acadiana), BBR Creative, The Break Room Coffee Shop, The Festival of Words, Unlikely Books and the ULL English Department-Creative Writing. In addition to the Lafayette event, two events are planned for New Orleans. For more information, visit www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange.