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STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES POETRY MONTH PROGRAM LINEUP

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In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book is announcing the fifth annual Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets. Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon will host the event from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the State Library Seminar Center, 701 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge.

Poets from throughout the state will read their works. Included are Ralph Adamo, Jack B. Bedell, Darrell Bourque, Carlos Colón, Peter Cooley, Dorothy Early Davis, Gina Ferrara, Ashley Mace Havird, Julie Kane, Madeleine LeCesne, Melinda Palacio, Alison Pelegrin, Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore, Afton Wilky and Andy Young.

Listen to Yourself is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches and come and go as their schedules allow.

The Louisiana Center for the Book was established in the State Library of Louisiana in 1994 for the purpose of stimulating public interest in reading, books and libraries. More information available here.

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HOME REMEDIES AND HERBS USED BY AFRICAN AMERICANS

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The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana welcomes Dr. Eddie L. Boyd to help celebrate Black History Month with a free program at noon Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the State Library’s Seminar Center.

Dr. Boyd will discuss home remedies and herbs used by African Americans.

Dr. Boyd graduated from Cameron Street High School in Canton, Miss. in 1956. He attended the University of California’s School of Pharmacy and earned a doctorate in pharmacy in 1970. Boyd accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s College of Pharmacy and remained on that faculty for 30 years before retiring in 2003.

He has published numerous articles in pharmacy and medical education and scientific journals as well as chapters in pharmacy textbooks. He has written a new book entitled African American Home Remedies-A Practical Guide with Usage and Application Data that was published in July 2014.

Registration is not required for this free event. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches and come and go as their schedules allow.Books will be available for purchase.

The Louisiana Center for the Book was established in the State Library of Louisiana in 1994 for the purpose of stimulating public interest in reading, books and libraries.For more information, visit www.state.lib.la.us

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CELEBRATE THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS 200TH ANNIVERSARY

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The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is hosting Morgan Molthrop to commemorate the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial with a free program at noon Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the State Library’s Seminar Center.

Molthrop will discuss the Battle of New Orleans and the stresses that 14,000 well-trained soldiers created for the citizens of the nation’s most strategic port 200 years ago. His new book Andrew Jackson’s Playbook: 15 Strategies for Success juxtaposes the cultural responses of a diverse Caribbean city during the most important battle in early American history against the responses of Louisiana’s population after Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans native Morgan Molthrop lived in New York for most of his career. He returned to New Orleans in 2009 when the city was still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Molthrop is now a historical “color analyst,” hosting cultural events, writing, blogging and using social media to promote New Orleans and engage city leaders.

Registration is not required for this free event. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches and come and go as their schedules allow.Books will be available for purchase.

The Louisiana Center for the Book was established in the State Library of Louisiana in 1994 for the purpose of stimulating public interest in reading, books and libraries.For more information, visit www.state.lib.la.us

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COLLABORATIVE SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM’S 2015 TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

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The State Library of Louisiana will again participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public libraries’ summer reading programs.

Teenagers may enter the competition by creating a public service announcement that encourages teens to read and visit libraries during the summer using the theme “Unmask!” The deadline for video submission is March 13, 2015.

The winning video from each participating state will be announced in spring 2015 and used by public libraries nationally to promote summer reading. The creators of the winning state video will be awarded $150 and their associated public library will receive prizes worth $50 from the CSLP and Upstart.

The CSLP is a grassroots consortium of public libraries and state library agencies throughout the U.S., its territories and the Cayman Islands that works together to provide high-quality summer reading materials for libraries to use in their summer programs with children, teens and adults.

To view the 2014 videos and additional information, visit www.cslpreads.org. Rules and details for the challenge can be found on the State Library’s website, www.state.lib.la.us. Click Literacy and Reading, then Summer Reading Program and scroll to Teen Video Challenge. 

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LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 POETRY PROGRAMS

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The Louisiana Book Festival is featuring several poetry programs at the Nov. 1 festival. Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana French-Language Poet Laureate Zachary Richard and former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque, the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award winner will all take the stage. In addition, teens will enjoy an open mic poetry slam hosted by Forward Arts.

Ava Leavell Haymon is hosting two sessions with poets from throughout the state. Spotlighted poets include Peter Cooley, Ashley Havrid, Mona Lisa Saloy and former Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane at one session and Gina Ferrara, John Gery, Genaro Kỳ Lỳ Smith and Lenore Weiss at another. Haymon will host additional programs featuring Zachary Richard, the first Louisiana French-language poet laureate, and a program introducing the first two poets of LSU Press new Barataria Poetry Series—Julia B. Levine and Martha Serpas.

Darrell Bourque, two-time Louisiana poet laureate, will be presented with the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. The Louisiana Writer Award is given annually to recognize the extraordinary contributions to the state’s literary heritage exemplified by the artist’s body of work. Bourque is the 15th recipient of a Louisiana Writer Award. In a separate program, Bourque will discuss his poetry with Susan Larson, host of WWNO’s public radio program The Reading Life.

Gregory Robinson will present his collection of poems All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film. And poet Alison Pelegrin will be a panelist in a program celebrating the upcoming 80th anniversary of The Southern Review.

Geared toward teenagers, WordPlay’s Freshhh Heat Teen Open Mic and Poetry Slam presented by Forward Arts, is sure to entertain.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit LouisianaBookFestival.org. Also look for festival updates on Facebookand Twitter.

 

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LA BOOK FESTIVAL FEATURES EXCITING CHILDREN AND TEENS PROGRAMS

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The Louisiana Book Festival, on Saturday, Nov. 1, will offer exciting programs for children and teens. The Young Readers Pavilion will feature programming for children and the Teen HQ is the home base for teens-only activities. . 

The Young Readers Pavilion will host a wide variety of children’s authors—Whitney Stewart, whose book is A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wifewas chosen to represent Louisiana at the National Book Festival; and John Grandits, winner of the 2014 Young Readers’ Choice Award for his book Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus.

Temporary tattoos, storytelling and book related crafts and activities will also entertain children in the Pavilion. Storybook characters Mittens, Lyle the Crocodile, Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Snow White from Grimm’s Fairy Tales will be available for pictures and autographs. Cokie Roberts, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies will be in the Senate Chamber.

Brain Quest will bring its fast paced, curriculum-based question and answer game to life with Brain Quest Challenges throughout the day. Children ages 5 to 12 are encouraged to play and compete individually or as a team. All participants receive giveaways while they last and official challenge participation certificates.

Teen HQ will feature author presentations, crafts, trivia, raffles and a scavenger hunt just for teenagers. Kendare Blake will receive the 2014 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Honor Book award for Anna Dressed in Blood. Jennifer Anne Moses, author of Tales from My Closet, and Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, author of 13th Sign, will be among the many young adult authors presenting at this year’s Book Festival.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit LouisianaBookFestival.org. Also look for festival updates on Facebookand Twitter.

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MODERN BAPTISTS AND THE GRAPES OF WRATH FEATURED IN BOOK FESTIVAL GROUP DISCUSSIONS

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The Louisiana Book Festival is hosting two group book discussions at its Nov. 1 festival in downtown Baton Rouge. One Book, One Festival will discuss Modern Baptists moderated by its author, James Wilcox. The Big Read group discussion will center on John Steinbeck’s classic The Grapes of Wrath.

“Group book discussions are a great way to be more than a spectator and really get involved at the Book Festival,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “I encourage the community to read one or both of the discussion books and enjoy the camaraderie with other Book Festival attendees.”

Initiated in 2008, One Book, One Festival is a scholar-led discussion group. Wilcox, a professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University and 2011 Louisiana Writer Award recipient, published his book about the fictional town Tula Spring, La., in 1983. Modern Baptistswas included in Harold Bloom’s Western Canon and listed by GQ magazine as one of the best works of fiction in the past 45 years in its 45th anniversary issue. This is One Book, One Festival’s first author-led discussion.

The Big Read’s featured book is The Grapes of Wrath. The panel book discussion is a result of a National Endowment for the Arts grant to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum to hold a month-long series of community events focusing on John Steinbeck’s classic and how it compares to post-Katrina New Orleans. Among the events is the Book Festival’s panel discussion that centers on 21st century perspectives about upheaval and adaption. Liz Williams, president and director of SoFAB Institute, a food authority and published author; David Beriss, author and cultural anthropologist at University of New Orleans; and Alisa Plant, an editor at LSU Press, will serve as panelists.

For more information about the Festival or to sign up to volunteer, visit LouisianaBookFestival.org. A Louisiana Book Festival app is available at the App Store and on Google Play. Also look for festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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LA BOOK FESTIVAL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

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The Louisiana Book Festival is seeking volunteers to join in the fun and experience the Louisiana Book Festival from within. Anyone interested in volunteering can find more information about the Festival as well as volunteer opportunities by visiting LouisianaBookFestival.org/volunteer, calling 225.342.4996 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Louisiana’s world-class celebration of readers, writers and their books is Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This nationally recognized literary event is free and will take place in the heart of Baton Rouge at the State Library of Louisiana, Louisiana State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum and in tents on neighboring streets.
 
The 11th Louisiana Book Festival will feature more than 200 authors and panelists discussing their books; the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents will enjoy storytelling performances; and a wide variety of book-related activities, exhibitions and other performances.
 

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