The 34th annual Author-Illustrator program at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library features the work of Jack Gantos, including books for all ages - from his Rotten Ralph picture books for children, to books for older kids including the Joey Pigza series, Jack Henry series, and young adult books The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs, Hole in my Life, and Desire Lines. Gantos’ first adult novel, Zip Six, was published in 1996, and a second is in progress.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, Gantos will present a free program for adults, teens, and children at the Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

On Friday, Sept. 30, Gantos will lead a workshop for teachers, writers and students at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch. A continental breakfast will be offered at 8 a.m., and Gantos’ program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required to attend the Friday workshop; the registration fee is $25 for adults and $10 for students.

Both events will include a book sale and autograph session sponsored by Patrons of the Public Library. Gantos will autograph copies of his books that will be sold at the program. There will be free signed bookplates available for books already in your collection.

Gantos’ accolades include the 2010 NCTE/ALAN Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Adolescent Literature, 2005 Library of Congress Outstanding Contribution to American Children’s Literature, and 2001 Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature. Books such as Joey Pigza Loses Control, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and Hole in my Life have received numerous awards.

For more information about Gantos and his work, visit his website at For more information about the program or to register, call (225)231-3760.

Book club:

•Central Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Central Branch, 11260 Joor Road. Members will discuss Chasing Hepburn by Gus Lee.

Free lecture

Michael Pasquier, assistant professor of religious studies at LSU, will present a lecture, titled “Finding Religion in Hill Memorial Library,” at noon Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall.

During the presentation, Pasquier will discuss his recent collaboration with the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History to document the religious beliefs and practices of people living in Lafourche Parish. He will also share his experience working with the staff of Hill Memorial Library to incorporate archival research in the religious studies classroom.

Admission is free. Those who attend are asked to bring their own brown-bag lunch. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

The event serves as a kickoff for LSU Libraries’ recognition of American Archives Month during October, an annual celebration of the importance of archives in preserving history. “The focus of this first event is on the value of oral history for capturing aspects of people’s history and culture that are otherwise undocumented,” said Elayne Smyth, interim assistant dean of LSU Libraries.

Pasquier teaches courses in U.S. religious history, Christianity and world religions. His research focuses on the history of Roman Catholicism in the American South, Catholic devotional culture, and religion in colonial Louisiana. He is the author of Fathers on the Frontier: French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870.

For more information on the lecture and on LSU Libraries, visit

Free lecture 2

The LSU Department of Communication Studies presents a talk by Timothy R. Levine, professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University, “Deception and Deception Detection.” The presentation will be 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Room 152 of Coates Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Levine is an expert on deception and deception detection. Major findings from a National Science Foundation-funded program of research on deception and deception detection will be summarized during the lecture.

Levine’s talk is both timely and important for people of all walks of life. With the proliferation of shows like Lie to Me, it is easy to think that detecting lies is an easy matter. Levine will address misconceptions like “the more you know someone, the easier it is to tell whether they are lying” and “most people lie several times a day.” Parents and employers of all kinds should find something of interest in “Deception and Deception Detection.”

Specific topics to be discussed during the lecture include research on “a few prolific liars,” the projected motive model, “a few transparent liars,” sender demeanor effects, the content in context approach, question effects, and the role of judge expertise. Together, these findings mark a substantial departure from previous theory and lead to a new understanding of deception and deception detection.

Levine is a founding associate editor of the new Communication Methods and Measures journal, where he heads the section on design and measurement. Levine is serving on numerous editorial boards, including Communication Monographs and Human Communication Research, and he has been an associate editor for Human Communication Research and Communication Research Reports.

For more information, contact Graham Bodie at (225) 578-6683 or For more information on the LSU Department of Communication Studies, visit

Livingston Parish Library

Teens who love to read will be invited to Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond, to help plan a teen book club 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. The group will discuss what type of book club they would like to have and how often they would like to meet. Teens will be asked to bring their favorite book, but there will also be a variety of YA books provided. Teens will be allowed to spend a few minutes looking through them and then fill out a score card for that book. This will give everyone a good idea of the types of book the other members enjoy.

Cookies and lemonade will be served.

Book club:

•South Branch Bookies will meet 5:30-630 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the South branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston. Members will discuss Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen.

Iberville Parish Library

Friends of the Iberville Public Libraries and the Iberville Parish Library invite you to celebrate Banned Books Week at the library’s Third Annual Banned Book Read-Out at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Plaquemine Library, 24605 J. Gerald Berret Blvd.

If you would like to read aloud from a banned book, please contact librarian Elizabeth Haynes at (225) 687-2520 ext. 105.

Ascension Parish Library

Between the years 1994 and 2003, eight women from in and around the Baton Rouge area were found brutally murdered. For years the investigation of the deaths of these women went nowhere until Derrick Todd Lee began claiming his own victims. Police were soon astonished to discover that two separate serial killers were on the loose. Sean Vincent Gillis was finally identified as the second killer in early 2003.

Susan Mustafa is a freelance journalist from Baton Rouge and the author of Blood Bath which covers the case of Derrick Todd Lee. She will be at the Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown branch, 13278 La. 73 in Geismar, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, to discuss and sign copies of her new book, Dismembered, which will examine the case of Sean Vincent Gillis.

For more information, or to register, call the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699 or any library location.

W. Feliciana Parish Library

Learn new genealogy search techniques and materials while also accessing Library Edition at a workshop at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the library, 11865 Ferdinand St. in St. Francisville. For more information, contact Glenna Fallin at (225) 635-3364.

Lafayette Public Library

Join an informal, hour-long roundtable discussion for adults on books you hated but had to endure in school. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette.

Members of the Lafayette Genealogical Society will conduct free presentations, 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 1, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette.

Bob Edwards to speak

NPR veteran Bob Edwards will visit Baton Rouge Wednesday, Sept. 28, to speak at a 7 p.m. event at Noland/Laborde Hall in the Lod Cook Alumni Center at LSU. Edwards will be signing copies of his new book, A Voice in the Box: My Life on the Radio, and the book will be available through Barnes & Noble at the event. There will also be a dessert buffet.

For 30 years, Edwards was the voice of National Public Radio’s daily news magazine programs, co-hosting All Things Considered before launching Morning Edition in 1979.

Tickets for this event are $15 each. To reserve a place at this WRKF fundraising event, call (225) 926-3050, ext. 11.


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  • Alfrieda Judson, author of Death of a Marriage: A Pearl in the World, will sign copies of his book 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at The Simply Savonte’s! Hair Studio, 6103 Florida Blvd., Ste. E.
  • Heather Brewer, author of The Chronicles Of Vladimir Todd and The Slayer Chronicles, will sign copies of her book at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.
  • Dianne de Las Casas and Holly Stone-Barker, author and illustrator of The House That Witchy Built, will sign copies of their book 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.
  • Rose Anne St. Romain, author of Monsieur Durand’s Grosse Affair, will sign copies of her book 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. in New Orleans.
  • Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage The Bones, will sign copies of her book 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.
  • Jerome LeDoux, author of War of the Pews, will sign copies of his book a special launch party, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Basin Street Station, 501 Basin St. in New Orleans.
  • Connie S. Firmin, author of Sparkle, Reflecting Purity in Today’s World, will sign copies of her book 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at C’nderella’s Closet Consignment Boutique, 14210 Airline Highway, Ste. E, Gonzales.