Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Afternoon of authors scheduled for New Orleans for Readings 'Round the Big Easy event

            “Readings ‘Round the Big Easy: A Celebration of National Reading Group Month” will feature a host of authors beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park of New Orleans. The event is sponsored by the Museum of Art and the Women's National Book Association of New Orleans
            Nancy Dixon, author of “N.O. Lit: 200Years of New Orleans Literature,” will be the keynote speaker. 
            Authors include John Ed Bradley (“Call Me by My Name”), C.S. Harris (“Who Buries the Dead: A Sebastien St. Cyr Mystery”), Sybil Morial (“Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment”), Tiffany Quay Tyson (“Three Rivers”), Kent Wascom (“Secessia”), Karen White (“The Sound of Glass”) and Richard Wall, husband of the late Carol Wall, author of “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart.”
            The event includes a noon book club meet and greet, 1 p.m. keynote speech, 2 p.m. author panel with Susan Larson, 3 p.m. book signing in the museum gift shop and 3:30 p.m. afternoon tea with authors in Café NOMA. All events are free except for the tea, which is $38 per person, registration required by Sept. 18. For information or to register for the tea, mail a check to Sheila Cook, Librarian, New Orleans Museum of Art, P.O. Box 19123, New Orleans, LA 70179.
            For information on the Women's National Book Association of New Orleans, visit their Facebook page.

Cheré Dastugue Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” She also writes Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire, “A Cajun Dream” and “The Letter.” Write her at cherecoen@gmail.com.