Thursday, June 14, 2018

June book events: Gaines, mystery festival and more

The Lafayette Public Library and the Ernest J. Gaines Center at UL Lafayette will present an afternoon with world-renowned writer Ernest J. Gaines who will read a selection from his latest novella “The Tragedy of Brady Sims” and answer questions from the audience. The event will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Lafayette Main Library, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette. Books will be available for sale and signing; seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Teresa Toulouse and Barbara C. Ewell discuss and sign “Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans,” published by the University of Mississippi Press, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at Garden District Book Shop of New Orleans.

Curtis Manning discusses his book “The History of Higher Education in Louisiana” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

Caleb Johnson discusses his new book, “Treeborne,” with Katy Simpson Smith while serving up a Treeborne-inspired menu by Nate Barfield from Turkey and the Wolf beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Turkey and the Wolf, 739 Jackson Ave. in New Orleans.

Lana Laws Downing will be signing copies of her latest book, "Jon Teel," from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Shadowlawn in Franklin, the house that was used as the model for her book cover.

Spencer Wise will be in conversation with Kent Wascom discussing “The Emperor of Shoes” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Garden District Book Shop of New Orleans. Spencer will sign books after the discussion.

Silas House will discuss and sign copies of "Southernmost" at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Garden District Book Shop of New Orleans.

The University of Louisiana Press at Lafayette releases its “Creoles of South Louisiana: Three Centuries Strong” by Dr. Elista Istre from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, with a soiree at the St. Landry Parish Visitors Center in Opelousas. The author will be present to autograph copies of the book and there will be refreshments. For information, visit http://ulpress.org.

On Saturday, June 23, there will be several children’s picture book authors, young adult authors and more at Octavia Books of New Orleans. 

Four professionals – a physician, nurse, police officer and author – will make presentations at the fourth annual JPL Mystery Readers / Writers Literary Festival at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 23, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The purpose of the seminar is to connect readers and writers of crime fiction with medical and crime prevention professionals who can add veracity and provide basic information about real-life crime scenarios. The festival is intended not just for mystery writers but for readers as well. This event is free and open to the public. There is no registration.

On Saturday, June 23, there will be several children’s picture book authors, young adult authors and more at Octavia Books of New Orleans. 

Hannah Pittard will discuss and sign copies of “Visible Empire” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Garden District Book Shop of New Orleans.


Matthew Griffin and Nick White will be in conversation with Katherine Fausset discussing their books, "Hide," and "Sweet and Low," respectively at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Garden District Book Shop. 

The Fifth Annual Summer Reading Talent Show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The event is free and no registration required. The show is open to teens aged 10 to 18, amateur entertainers only. Contestants may register as an individual or as a group. All performers must have parental permission to enter the talent show. This is also necessary for each participant in a group act. The show will be judged by a four-person panel and prizes will be awarded to the top three acts. Prizes provided by the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library and are: First Place: $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card; Second Place: $30 Barnes & Noble Gift Card; and Third Place: $20 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.
Entry forms are available at all Jefferson Parish libraries or at www.jplibrary.net


Melissa Daggett discusses and signs “Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Octavia Books of New Orleans.

Elizabeth M. Williams, a New Orleans native and founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, discusses “New Orleans, A Food Biography,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The book is the 2018 selection of One Book One New Orleans, a not-for-profit literary organization that promotes reading.

Robert Fieseler will sign “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation,” published by Liveright Publishing Corp., at 6 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Octavia Books of New Orleans. 


Louisiana Book News is written by award-winning author Chere Dastugue Coen, who writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Her first book in each series is FREE to download as an ebook, including "Emilie," book one of The Cajun Series, "Ticket to Paradise," book one of The Cajun Embassy series and "A Ghost of a Chance," the first Viola Valentine mystery.