Monday, September 5, 2016

Louisiana book events this week

At the Lafayette Library
Fashion historian Helene Thian discusses “Henri Bendel: Fashion Icon of the 1920 and 1930s” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Alexandre Mouton House/Lafayette Museum in downtown Lafayette. For information, call 234-2208.
Author Dixie Poché is the guest speaker at the Friends of the Lafayette Public Library annual Author Dinner, to be held Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. Poché is the author of “Classic Eateries of Cajun Country.” For more information and to make reservations, call Bobbie at (337) 984-8661.

Word Crawl
            This Saturday, Sept. 10, in downtown Lafayette is Word Crawl, a 12-hour literary marathon that brings together poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, songwriters and other artists. A fund-raiser for the annual Festival of Words, the Word Crawl will be from noon to midnight at six venues throughout downtown Lafayette: Carpe Diem, Cite Des Arts, Lafayette Science Museum, Steam Press Coffee & Café, Tsunami and The Wurst Biergarten. The event helps fund the annual Festival of Words which brings established authors from all over the world to Acadiana to give public readings, writing workshops in community centers and public schools. 

Queen Sugar
Queen Sugar, Ava DuVernay's 13-episode series inspired by Natalie Baszile's novel and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 10 p.m. on OWN network. The project stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe. DuVernay (Selma) directs the first two episodes, with the others helmed by "seasoned and emerging women," including Tina Mabry, Victoria Mahoney, Tanya Hamilton, So Yong Kim, Kat Candler, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Neema Barnette.

Book events
Contributors Anne Gisleson, Anya Groner, Thomas Beller, Sarah Allison, Pia Ehrhardt, and co-editor Mark Yakich will be on hand for a discussion of their book “Airplane Reading” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Octavia Books of New Orleans.
Saul Lemerond and Patrick Donovan will read as part of the Thursday Night Reading presented by the UL-Lafayette English Department, EGSA and Sigma Tau Delta at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Poets, 1043 Johnston St. in downtown Lafayette.
            Ken Foster will discuss the re-release and 10th anniversary of “The Dogs Who Found Me” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Octavia Books of New Orleans.
Author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino Dan Yaccarino discusses and signs his book, “I Am A Story” at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Garden District Book Shop of New Orleans.

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