Baton Rouge writer Sam Irwin will read his short story “Empire Satsumas” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at an open mic session at Casa Azul, 234 Martin Luther King Drive in Grand Coteau.

Irwin, a Breaux Bridge native, shares the bill with performance artists Alphabet and Eyelash, who will perform “The Rusted Chrysalis.”

Irwin is the press secretary for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. When he is not writing about row crops, crop dusters and timber, he is a freelance journalist and fiction writer. “Empire Satsumas” was one of the three winners of Country Roads magazine’s Call Yourself a Writer annual fiction contest. “Empire Satsumas” appears in the June 2011 issue of Country Roads.

Irwin is also the author of LANote, a blog which may be found at His website is

“The Rusted Chrysalis” is heavily influenced by the performance art from Japan, especially that of Butoh. Butoh is a type of dance-theater that is based on dramatic, yet controlled movements and white body makeup. Alphabet and Eyelash have a unique style that is sure to evoke strong emotions. This show is recommended for everyone who loves bizarre art, and for anyone that wants to try something new.

For more information call (337) 662-1032.

WBR Parish Library

Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre of New Zealand will give four performances in West Baton Rouge Parish Tuesday-Wednesday, June 7-8. The Kahurangi (Cloak from Heaven) theater troupe tells the story of the Maori through the performance of traditional dances, genealogical chants, martial arts techniques, and songs. Narration accompanies the performance, and audience participation is included as well. These dynamic performances are meant to increase knowledge of Maori traditions, and foster deeper understanding of this culture.

Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre’s schedule is:

•10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7 - Addis Community Center, La. 1-South, Addis

•1 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 - Addis Community Center, La. 1-South, Addis

•10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8 - Port Allen Community Center, 749 N. Jefferson St. in Port Allen

•1 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 - Port Allen Community Center, 749 N. Jefferson St. in Port Allen

EBR Parish Library

SuEllen Lithgoe will talk about how she and her husband raise bees and collect honey in a special presentation at 10 a.m. Monday, June 6, at Pride-Chaneyville branch’s meeting room, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road. Attendees will see a colorful PowerPoint presentation as well as equipment used and “bee boxes.” For ages 6-11. Please register. Call (225) 658-1560

View a slideshow of some of the most spectacular space images ever created and then see a variety of physical science demonstrations in action when Christopher Kersey presents the Highland Road Observatory road show at the Baker branch, 2-5 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Solar viewing, UV bracelets, hematite magnets, the Armatron, the Megazooka and the praxinoscope are back - along with new favorites. Slideshow starts promptly at 2 p.m.; demonstrations will be shown until 5 p.m. For children 6 and up. Groups must register in advance. Call (225) 778-5960.

Book clubs

•The Evening Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Baker branch, meeting room 1, 3501 Groom Road. Members will discuss A True Life by Ruthie Bolton. The Evening Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, call (225) 778-5940.

•Books into Movies Club will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Members will discuss A Time to Kill by John Grisham.

Livingston Parish Library

The Livingston Parish Library now has a subscription to OverDrive, a leading full-service digital distributor that offers best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video available any time from the library website at

Starting in the second half of June, patrons can browse the collection, check out materials with their library cards, and download selections to PC, Mac?, and many mobile devices. To get started, patrons will need to install free software from the overdrive website. For audiobooks, music, and video, OverDrive? Media Console? is required while Adobe? Digital Editions is necessary to read eBooks. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod?, Sony? Reader?, Barnes and Noble Nook? and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD for listening on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees.

With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more.

This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card and can be accessed from any computer.

Kids can be a part of the show as Janie Spaht Gill, author of more than 60 children’s books, dramatizes her humorous stories with actors from the audience. For ages 3 through 7. Please call the individual branch hosting your preferred event for more information.

Gill’s schedule:

•10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7 - Livingston branch, 13986 Florida Blvd. in Livingston

•2 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, - Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond

•10 a.m. Thursday, June 9 - South Branch 23477 La. 444 in Livingston

•10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8 - Denham Springs-Walker branch. 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs

•2 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 - Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs

The Friends of the Livingston Library System (FOLLS) are having a book sale at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch, 8101 U.S. 190 at Eden Church Road in Denham Springs, 3-5 p.m. Friday, June 10, and, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday, June 11. There is a large selection of popular best-sellers and authors as well as older books, children’s, cookbooks, text books, books on tape and CD, DVDs and VHS tapes. Prices range from 25 cents to $1. All proceeds from the sale to support the programs of the Livingston Parish Libraries.

Book clubs

•Young Adult Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at South branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston.

•Main Branch Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at the Livingston branch, 13986 Florida Blvd. in Livingston. Members will discuss Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas.

•Albany-Springfield Branch Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, June 6, at the Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond. Members will discuss The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

•Sunny Side Up Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss True Honor by Dee Henderson.

Audubon Regional Library

Peter Villegas, an accomplished Native American-style flute musician, will perform in Slaugher, Jackson and Greensburg as part of Audubon Regional Library’s summer reading program.

Villegas, who is of Yaqui Apache and Mexican descent, will combine music and storytelling to “remind us that life if full of simple joys.” Villegas, who grew up in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming, is an active member of the International Native American Flute Association.

Performances will begin 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Jackson Branch Library, 3312 College St. in Jackson; 1 p.m. at the Clinton United Methodist Church Hall, 11321 Old South Drive in Clinton; at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Grace Nursing Home, 9725 Grace Lane in Clinton. At 11 a.m. Thursday June 9, Villegas will be at the St. Helena branch, Oak Plaza Shopping Center, La. 10 in Greensburg; and at 1 p.m. at the St. Helena Nursing Home, 32 N. 2nd St. in Greensburg.

Lafayette Public Library

Carmen Agra Deedy, an internationally known, award winning author of children’s literature, storyteller and radio contributor will be performing at two Lafayette public libraries this summer.

Deedy will be at the South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston Street in Lafayette, 10-10:45 a.m. Friday, June 10; and at the North Regional Library, 5101 N. University in Carencro, 2:30-3:15 p.m. Friday, June 10. This free storytelling performance is best suited for ages 5-12 years. Groups that would like to attend need to have their coordinators call the library in advance.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Deedy came to the United States and settled in Decatur, Ga., with her family in 1963 after the Cuban Revolution. As a storyteller, Deedy has performed across the United States and Canada at most of the major storytelling festivals. She is the author of nine books. Her latest work, 14 Cows for America, a New York Times bestseller, is a true story of hope and generosity about a gift from a small Kenyan village to the people of America.

Another of Deedy’s works, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: a Cuban Folktale, received the Pura Belpre Medal award, which is one of the highest honors for books by and about Latinos and their culture.

Deedy’s storytelling performance is part of the Lafayette Public Library’s summer line-up of free programs, which build upon the summer reading program theme: “One World, Many Stories”. Deedy’s performances, along with other free summer library programs for children, were made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Lafayette Public Library.

For more information about joining the summer reading program and earning prizes for minutes read, call the South Regional Library at (337) 988-3412.

Teen Photography Workshop sessions will be held at the following libraries from 2-4 p.m. on the days listed:

•South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette (337) 981-1028, Thursday, June 9

•Jefferson Street branch, 538 Jefferson St. in Lafayette (337) 261-5787, Friday, June 10

•North Regional branch, 5101 North University Ave. in Carencro (337) 896-6323, Tuesday, June 21

Photographers Jason Cohen and Jaime Orillion will hold a hands-on photography workshop for teens. Participants will be required to bring a digital camera or camera phone.

Plessy Day

The Crescent City Peace Alliance, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and The Plessy & Ferguson Foundation invite the public to Plessy Day 2011, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, beginning in NOCCA’s parking lot (2800 Chartres St. in New Orleans) with a live performance by Carl LeBlanc and Jonathan Bloom. Guests will then be welcomed into NOCCA’s Ellis Marsalis Jazz Studio for a reading and short talk by A.P. Tureaud Jr. and Dr. Rachel Emanuel, co-authors of A More Noble Cause. Together they tell the remarkable story of one civil rights lawyer’s lifelong fight for racial justice in Jim Crow Louisiana. The book will be available for purchase from The Community Book Center. Light fare will be provided by Marriott New Orleans.

Admission to this event is free.


Darell Hammond, author of KaBOOM!: How One Man Build a Movement to Save Play, will sign copies of his book 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

Keith Midkiff, author of New Orleans Besieged, will be reading from and signing his book, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the East Jefferson Regional branch of the Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

John Swenson, author of New Atlantis: Musicians Battle For the Survival of New Orleans, will sign copies of his book 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Sara Gran, author of Claire Dewitt and The City Of The Dead, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Items for Book Events were provided by Casa Azul, West Baton Rouge Parish Library, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Audubon Regional Library, Lafayette Parish Library and The Crescent City Peace Alliance.