Monday, March 6, 2017

Upcoming literary events

Writing conferences and workshops
New York Time bestselling author Neil White will lead a two-day workshop titled “Write and Publish Your Book” April 7-8 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson, Miss. In addition, the workshop features guest appearances by industry experts, including publicists, editors, designers and printers. For more information, visit

The 20th Alabama Writers Symposium will be April 20-21 in Monroeville, Ala., and feature Yaa Gyasi, award-winning author of “Homecoming.” For more information, email Alisha Linam at

The Writers Retreat Workshop 2017 will be May 6-13 in San Antonio and will include authors, agents and guest speakers for the eight-day workshop. For more information, visit

Book events the week of March 6-12
Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop of New Orleans offers a spring publishing camp for those looking to publish from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday (followed by consecutive Tuesdays) at Tubby and Coo’s. Cost is $40 for all sessions, or $15 per session.

Photographer and author Philip Gould will discuss World War II at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Iberia Parish Library Main Branch at 445 E. Main St. in New Iberia. He will discuss the prisoners of Auschwitz and what they saw and experienced during the war through a photo exhibit and accompanying lecture. The lecture is suitable for ages 18 and older. For more information, visit or call (337) 364-7150.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Georgiann Potts presents “The Two Candidates: Abigale Adams and Mary Ann Shadd Cary,” at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ouachita Valley Branch Library.

This week marks the Louisiana Library Association Conference at the Cajumdome of Lafayette.

Bill Ayers will discuss and sign “Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Octavia Books of New Orleans. Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of two memoirs, “Fugitive Days” and “Public Enemy.”

New York best-selling author Jenny Lawson signs “You Are Here: An Owners Manual for Dangerous Minds” and “Furiously Happy” at 6 p.m. Friday at Garden District Book Shop of New Orleans.

A Master Poetry Writing Workshop titled “The Poem as Collaboration with Song, Story, Spirit, History, Prayer, and More...” with former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque will be from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Bourque’s Sunset home. Participating writers will be guided through a hands-on set of exercises using music, song lyrics, paintings and other prompts. No previous writing experience required. Writers are urged to bring copies of Bourque’s book of poetry, “Where I Waited.” The workshop will emphasize preliminary drafts and discovery rather than finished poems. The cost is $100, with proceeds benefitting the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective. Register online at or call Patrice Melnick at (337) 254-9695.

The Louisiana finals of the Poetry Our Loud: National Recitation Contest will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. For information, visit

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