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STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES POETRY MONTH PROGRAM LINEUP

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altIn celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is announcing the fourth annual “Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets” program. Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana poet laureate, will host the event Thursday, April 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the State Library Seminar Center, 701 N. Fourth St.

Haymon has invited poets from around the state to participate in readings of their work. Included are Carolyn Hembree, Carlos Colon, Donney Rose, Justin Lamb, Lara Glenum, David Havird, Jay Udall, Mona Lisa Saloy, Darrell Bourque, Kirby Jambon, Dorie LaRueand Lenore Weiss.

“The breadth and scope of poetic talent in Louisiana is apparent just by looking at this line-up of accomplished poets from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Church Point, Shreveport, Monroe, Thibodaux and New Orleans whose work ranges from the traditional to the increasingly popular performance poetry,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “This year’s program promises to be another highly entertaining presentation by Louisiana’s diversified voices.”

Registration is not required for this free event. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches.

For more information including biographies of the participating poets, visit www.state.lib.la.us.

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STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES 2014 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 “Spark a Reaction.” The deadline for video submission is March 10.

The winning video from each participating state will be announced in spring 2014 and used by public libraries nationally to promote summer reading. The creators of the winning state video will be awarded $275 and their associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from the CSLP and Upstart.

The CSLP is a grassroots consortium of 48 states, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, the Mariana Islands, Cayman Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia that provides children, teens and families with a summer reading program. It also supplies public libraries with promotional materials.

To view the 2013 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. The winning videos may be used by teens and public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.
 

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January 15, 2014

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STATE LIBRARY TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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In celebration of Black History Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is hosting author Kim Marie Vaz for a discussion of The ‘Baby Dolls’: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition. The presentation will take place at noon on Feb. 6 at the State Library Seminar Center.

Vaz’s book is a history of the Million Dollar Baby Dolls, one of the first women’s organizations to participate in Mardi Gras, and its post-Hurricane Katrina comeback. The ‘Baby Dolls’ traces the tradition as it spread to different New Orleans neighborhoods and empowered women.

The book uncovers the fascinating history of the women who wore baby doll costumes—short satin dresses, bonnets and stockings with garters—and their bold behavior during their journeys into the predominantly male Mardi Gras celebration.

Vaz will share photographs from different time periods to highlight how the practice changed over time. The photos, along with short video clips, bring to life the spirit of fun and play that constitute the practice of masking.

The ‘Baby Dolls’ served as the basis for a major installation on the Baby Doll tradition at The Presbytere as part of the permanent Carnival exhibit.

Vaz is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and education professor at Xavier University. Her research focuses on art as a response to social trauma.

Registration is not required for this free event. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches.

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January 6, 2014

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THE HOUSE ON COLISEUM STREET FEATURED AS BOOK FESTIVAL COMMUNITY READ

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THE HOUSE ON COLISEUM STREET FEATURED AS BOOK FESTIVAL COMMUNITY READ
The Louisiana Book Festival’s community reading program, One Book, One Festival, is featuring The House on Coliseum Street by Shirley Ann Grau in 2013. This annual event encourages all festivalgoers to read the same book and participate in a discussion.
This year’s discussion will be led by Southern literature scholar Gary Richards, who chairs the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication at the University of Mary Washington.
In a separate festival event, Grau will be interviewed by author and blogger Wendy Rodrigue, exploring early novels such as The Hard Blue Sky (1958) and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Keepers of the House (1965) as well as later publications, including her Selected Stories (2003).
The House on Coliseum Street is the story of 20-year-old Joan Mitchell, who has lived her entire life in a stately New Orleans house on Coliseum Street. At home her mother and half-sister have steadily undermined her self-regard. An affair unleashes a surreal sequence of events—pregnancy, abortion and withdrawal into a numbed existence.
An intricate psychological novel that captures the pain and rage born of identity and suppressed desires, The House on Coliseum Street transcends period and place even as it evokes New Orleans in the late 1950s.

Grau was born in New Orleans. She received the Louisiana Writer Award in 2004.
The Louisiana Book Festival is Nov. 2 in downtown Baton Rouge. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org. Also look for festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.
                                                                                                                                    

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Sept. 25, 2013

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LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES YEAR OF LOUISIANA MUSIC

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The 10th annual Louisiana Book Festival will host a number of music-related programs as part of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne’s yearlong salute to Louisiana music.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier will lead a full-day pre-festival songwriting WordShop Friday, Nov. 1 at the State Library. Gauthier will help participants find a unique writing voice to create musical reminders of life’s journeys.

The festival will feature author presentations on music-related books including Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz by John McCusker, Traditional Music of Coastal Louisiana: The 1934 Lomax Recordings by Joshua Caffery and Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley by J.D. Davis.

Other music offerings include a panel on Louisiana music with Tom Aswell, author of Louisiana Rocks!, and Shane Bernard, author of Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues. Singer-songwriter Zachary Richard will give a presentation on his book, Histoire des Acadiennes et des Acadiens de la Louisiane.

Live music performances will take place throughout the day on Spanish Town Road. This year’s lineup includes the debut performance of a show based on The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul and singer-songwriter Yvette Landry, who will also discuss her children’s book The Ghost Tree at the festival.

The Louisiana Book Festival takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 in Capitol Park in downtown Baton Rouge. For more information, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org.

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Sept. 25, 2013

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FIVE WRITING WORDSHOPS AVAILABLE BEFORE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL

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The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library is hosting five WordShops for writers Friday, Nov. 1, the day before the 2013 Louisiana Book Festival.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier will lead a full-day songwriting WordShop in the State Library of Louisiana’s Capitol View Room. Gauthier will help participants find a unique writing voice they can use to create musical reminders of life’s journeys.

Author and Southern Living columnist Rick Bragg will conduct a WordShop on nonfiction writing with literary style 9 a.m. to noon at the Capitol Park Museum.

A half-day WordShop for high school students, taught by Manuel Gonzales, will concentrate on creating horror and fantasy stories from everyday life. The $25 WordShop will be held in the State Library’s Seminar Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Capitol Park Museum, T. Geronimo Johnson will present The Scenic Route, a WordShop focusing on crafting scenes that engage readers.

Another half-day WordShop will be held in the Seminar Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Darrelyn Saloom will present A Writer’s Guide to Social Media with an Emphasis on Twitter.

To register, call 225.219.9503 or visit www.louisianabookfestival.org/wordshops.html.

Registration is $40 for half-day and $75 for the full day WordShops. Registration and payment are due by Oct. 25. Free parking is available at the Capitol Park Welcome Center parking garage.

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Sept. 9, 2013

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CHRISTINE WILTZ NAMED 2013 LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD WINNER

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Christine WiltzChristine Wiltz, author of five novels and a biography as well as numerous articles, essays and screenplays, has been named recipient of the 2013 Louisiana Writer Award. The Louisiana Writer Award is chosen annually by a State Library-appointed committee to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana’s literary and intellectual life.

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton will present Wiltz the Louisiana Writer Award Nov. 2 in a ceremony kicking off the Louisiana Book Festival. Wiltz will also discuss her work, including her latest book Shoot the Money, in a festival program with Susan Larson, host of WWNO’s The Reading Life.

Wiltz described Shoot the Money as “social commentary disguised as a dark-humor crime novel.” It investigates women’s ambition for money alongside themes of friendship and rivalry.

Wiltz’s native New Orleans has inspired much of her work, including her first book, The Killing Circle (1981), which grew into a trilogy including A Diamond Before You Die (1987) and The Emerald Lizard (1991), about Irish Channel detective Neal Rafferty.

Glass House(1994) is about a police officer who was murdered near a violent New Orleans housing project. The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld (2000) is based on interviews with the operator of the last French Quarter parlor house.

For more information about Wiltz and the 2013 Louisiana Book Festival, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org. Also look for book festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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Aug. 27, 2013

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LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY THIS FALL

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The 10th annual Louisiana Book Festival, a celebration of readers, writers and their books, returns 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 in Capitol Park in downtown Baton Rouge. This milestone festival will feature presentations by local and national bestselling writers; panel discussions; activities for children and teens; and live music and food.

The 2012 festival attracted more than 21,000 attendees. As part of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne’s and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s yearlong salute to Louisiana music, the festival will feature author presentations on music-related books including Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz by John McCusker, Traditional Music of Coastal Louisiana: The 1934 Lomax Recordings by Joshua Caffery and Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley by J.D. Davis.

Other participating authors include Rod Dreher, Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly, Nathaniel Rich and Kent Wascom. For a complete list of participating authors with biographies, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org.

After a yearlong hiatus the popular cooking demonstration tent is returning and will include demonstrations by chefs and cookbook authors such as Kit Wohl and Poppy Tooker.

A variety of writing WordShops are scheduled for the day before the festival, including a nonfiction writing session led by Rick Bragg and a songwriting class taught by singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier, whose The Foundling was listed as a Favorite Album of 2010 by the Los Angeles Time. Registration for WordShops is available at www.LouisianaBookFestival.org.

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org. Also look for book festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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Aug. 21, 2013

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