Poets Megan Burns and David Brinks will read at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Casa Azul Gifts, 232 Martin Luther King Drive in Grand Coteau. The event is free and open to the public.
Burns is a poet, performer, essayist and editor. She has a MFA from Naropa University and edits the poetry magazine, Solid Quarter, which is dedicated to poets working in the tradition of the long poem. Her critical work on poet Bernadette Mayer can be found at Jacket Magazine. She has reviews of both poetry and prose at Gently Read Lit, Tarpaulin Sky, Big Bridge and Rain Taxi. Her poetry has been most recently published in Exquisite Corpse Annual, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, YAWP Journal and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her book Memorial + Sight Lines was published in 2008 by Lavender Ink. She has two chapbooks: Frida Kahlo: I am the poem (2004) and Framing a Song (2010) from Trembling Pillow Press. She coordinates the weekly 17 Poets! Featured Reader Calendar. Burns has two forthcoming books of poetry titled Ana(to)my and Carville: Village of Forgotten Names.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Brinks is Acadian French and Choctaw. He is editor-in-chief of YAWP: A Journal of Poetry & Art, publisher of Trembling Pillow Press, director of 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series, and founder of The New Orleans School for the Imagination. His works have appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, journals, and anthologies throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas. Additionally, they have been featured by NPR, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, National Geographic Traveler, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Brinks has authored six books including the acclaimed The Caveat Onus (Black Widow Press, 2009). Brinks has a forthcoming Collected Poems from Black Widow Press.
EBR Parish Library
Evening Book Club meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road. Members will discuss Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Call (225) 778-5940.
JCR Books into Movies Club will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 2, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Members will discuss The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. Call (225) 756-1180
The Saturday Book Club meets 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road. Members will discuss More Than You Know by Rosalyn Story. Call (225) 778-5940
Livingston Parish Library
The Young Writers Club will meet 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs.
Adult Writer’s Circle will meet 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs.
A genealogy workshop will be offered 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Main branch, 13986 Florida Blvd. in Livingston. The workshop will be taught by Clark Forrest and Iris Stilley.
Adult Book Club will meet 10-11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond. Members will discuss Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.
Ascension Parish Library
Donaldsonville Book Club will meet noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Donaldsonville branch, 500 Mississippi St. in Donaldsonville. Members will discuss Our Town by Thornton Niven Wilder.
Dutchtown Book Club will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Dutchtown branch, 13278 La. 73 in Geismar. Members will discuss Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow.
Gonzales Book Club will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Main branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. in Gonzales. Members will discuss Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.
Teen Book Club will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Galvez branch, 140300 La. 42 in Prairieville.
Keith Spera, author of Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal and The Music of New Orleans, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans, and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.
Pamela Ewen, author of Dancing on Glass, will sign copies of her book 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.
Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Close Your Eyes, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. in New Orleans.
Ricky Riccardi, author of What A Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years, will sign copies of his book at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.
John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The City of Falling Angels, will be at Grandmother’s Buttons, corner of Royal and Prosperity streets in St. Francisville, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, to sign copies of his children’s book, My Baby Blue Jays. Refreshments for both adults and children will be served. Grandmother’s Buttons is located at 9814 Royal Street (corner of Prosperity) in St. Francisville’s Historic District.
Copies of Berendt’s other books will also be available.
Items for Book Events were provided by Casa Azul, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library and Ascension Parish Library.