Sunday, August 21, 2016

Louisiana's James Carville insists he's still right

Louisiana native and political pundit James Carville has a new book out on Tuesday and naturally it leans to the left. Titled “We’re Still Right — and They’re Still Wrong: The Democrat Case for 2016,” the book takes stabs at the Republican agenda and their stands on national issues such as health care, welfare, tax reform and economic growth. The book follows up Carville’s 1996 No. 1 New York Times bestseller “We’re Right, They’re Wrong.” In his new book, Carville insists that not much has changed.
Carville is an American political consultant, commentator, educator, actor, attorney and media personality who’s served as the lead strategist of the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. Carville was a cohost of CNN’s “Crossfire” and has since appeared on CNN’s news program “The Situation Room.” Carville is the author of several books, most recently, “It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!,” coauthored with Stan Greenberg. He teaches political science at Tulane University. 
Carville will be discussing and signing his latest book beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Octavia Books of New Orleans.

Uncle Earl
            Louisiana Gov. Earl Kemp Long never met a campaign he didn’t love. He ran for office in every state election between 1933 and 1959. His last race, however, was his undoing. Released from a mental hospital by his own machinations, Long ran against Harold McSween in Louisiana’s Eighth Congressional District. His doctors warned him it could be last, and they were right. Long died shortly after winning the election. Jack B. McGuire relates Long’s final campaign in “Win the Race or Die Trying: Uncle Earl’s Last Hurrah,” a book that’s as entertaining to read as informative due to McGuire’s engaging writing style. The University of Mississippi Press book is also complemented by numerous photographs. McGuire, the coauthor of “Louisiana Governors: Rulers, Rascals and Reformers,” will discuss and sign copies of the book at 6 p.m. Thursday at Garden District Book Shop of New Orleans.

New releases
Dr. James Boldin, associate professor of music in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Louisiana Monroe, has published a new book titled “Solo Training for Horn.” This is his second publication with Mountain Peak Music, a publisher of pedagogical materials for musicians. For more information, visit http://www.mountainpeakmusic.com/solo-training-for-horn/.
Joy Williams, a native of Baton Rouge, has published her debut book “Olivia and the Land of Extra-Ordinary” about a little girl named Olivia who desperately wants to be a princess but doesn’t believe she can be one because she wears glasses. After ending up on an accidental journey that leads her to a world of different people and things, she realizes that being different isn't so bad at all, it’s actually extraordinary.
“My book helps teach kids to understand we are all made up in different shapes, colors, sizes, etc.,” Williams wrote me. “And our differences is what makes us unique. It encourages kids to not focus on differences, and the importance of sisterhood by supporting each other.”
The book can be ordered at Williams’s website, joydwilliams.net.
Tom Franklin of Oxford, Miss., author of “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” edits a collection of 16 short stories that travel through Mississippi in “Mississippi Noir.” The book published by Akashic Books is divided into four sections: “Conquest & Revenge,” “Wayward Youth,” “Bloodlines” and “Skipping Town.” Authors include Ace Atkins, William Boyle, Megan Abbott, Jack Pendarvis, Dominiqua Dickey, Michael Kardos, Jamie Paige, Jimmy Cajoleas, Chris Offutt, Michael Farris Smith, Andrew Paul, Lee Durkee, Robert Busby, John M. Floyd, RaShell R. Smith-Spears and Mary Miller.
The Associated Press said this about the book: “In these stories, from Biloxi to Hattiesburg, from Jackson to Oxford, the various crimes of the heart or doomed deeds of fractured households are carried out in real Mississippi locales . . . Are a devilishly wrought introduction to writers with a feel for Mississippi who are pursuing lonely, haunting paths of the imagination.”
Akashic Books is also the publisher of “New Orleans Noir.”
New York Times bestselling author Jana DeLeon of Carlyss has released “Diabolical,” the third book in the Shaye Archer thriller series. Nine years ago, the police found main character Shaye Archer wandering in the French Quarter, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years. Now, at 24, Shaye is a private investigator, determined to get answers for her clients when the police can’t help. But her last case uncovered more than anyone anticipated, and pieces of Shaye’s missing past have surfaced with unexpected consequences.

Southern bookstores
            Along Main Street, in the heart of historic New Iberia, is the quaint bookstore Books Along the Teche. Owned by Howard Kingston, the bookstore has been selling new books, old books, rare books, out-of-print books and regional books since 1990. Naturally, since this is New Iberia, Books Along the Teche specializes in James Lee Burke novels and Kingston was involved in the inaugural Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown Literary Festival: Celebrating Storytellers from Iberia & Beyond last April. For more information, visit www.booksalongtheteche.com.


Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country.” She writes Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Write her at cherecoen@gmail.com.