Concert cellist and technology entrepreneur Margo Drakos will speak to the Baton Rouge Press Club at noon Monday, Aug. 29.

Drakos, co-founder and chief operating officer of InstantEncore, will discuss the impact of technology on the arts, culture, performances and community as well as how musicians and arts organizations operate in the 21st century.

The Press Club meets at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St. in downtown Baton Rouge. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and members of the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.

EBR Parish Library

The 2011 featured speaker for the 34th Annual Author-Illustrator program is Jack Gantos, creator of iconic characters Joey Pigza and Rotten Ralph. A free event, open to the public, will be held at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

A workshop for teachers, writers, parents, and students will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 30. The registration fee for the workshop is $25 for adults and $10 for students.

For more information or to register, call (225) 231-3760.

Come and meet Louisiana author Toni McGee Causey at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Join the Saturday Book Club for a lively discussion of McGee’s novel. The Saturday Book Club meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road. New members and suggestions for future selections are always welcome. Call (225) 778-5940 for more information.

Livingston Parish Library

Are you a writer who is looking for some feedback? Then join the Denham Springs-Walker branch’s Writers Circle, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the library, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Published and unpublished adult writers of fiction or nonfiction for adults, young adults, or children are welcome. The group provides a forum for sharing writing, a venue for learning more about the writing craft and information about publishing/self-publishing. For more information about the Writer’s Circle, call the library at (225) 665-8118.

Calling all young writers! The Denham Springs-Walker Young Writer’s Club meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The group is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 17. The goal of the club is to write for both publication and performance. Young writers are encouraged to explore their writing interests and develop their voice and style through exciting collaborative activities.

For more information about the Young Writer’s Club, call the library at (225) 665-8118.

The Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs is holding an Open Mic Night and pizza party for patrons of all ages at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Come out and try your hand at singing a song, reciting some poetry, or telling a story in front of a live audience. Registration is required for this event. For more information or to register, call the library at (225) 664-3963.

Books clubs:

•Albany-Springfield Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the Albany-Springfield branch 26941 La. 43, Hammond. Members will discuss Out Stealing Horses by Per Peterson.

Ascension Parish Library

The Ascension Parish Library has received a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) to host a bilingual family literacy program at the library. The program, Prime Time Family Reading Time, targets children aged 6 to 10, along with their parents, in an effort to foster a lifelong love of learning through reading.

Prime Time, a six-week series of great readings and lively discussions, includes sessions on such themes as responsibility, loyalty, and compassion. A discussion leader and a storyteller introduce parents to the benefits and pleasures of reading and discussing stories with their children.

The program aims to expand participants’ understanding of reading through the use of children’s literature with substantial humanities content. It focuses on expanding the teaching of literature, history, and cultural values.

Spanish-speaking and English-speaking families are invited to participate in this free program. Dinner will be served and there will be a drawing for door prizes each week.

Prime Time begins Sept. 13 and goes every Tuesday through Oct. 18. Each session, including the meal, is two hours in length. Participation in this program is limited and registration is required. Prime Time programs are sponsored by LEH, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Zemurray Foundation and the State of Louisiana. The LEH is a private, statewide, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information and to register, contact the Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma St. in Gonzales, (225) 647-3955.

W. Feliciana Parish Library

Learn new search techniques and materials while also accessing Library Edition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the library, 11865 Ferdinand St. in St. Francisville. More information, call (225) 635-3364.

Lafayette Public Library

Members of the Lafayette Genealogical Society will conduct a free presentation about genealogy research 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 3, at South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette.

Coen to speak

Travel writer and historian Cheré Dastugue Coen, author of Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana will speak about Cajun Country’s exceptional cuisine, area events and historic attractions at the Rotary Club of Thibodaux at noon Tuesday, Aug. 30. The club meeting is at Envie restaurant, 203 N. Canal St in Thibodaux, followed by a 1:30 p.m. signing at Cherry Books, 1050 Canal St. in Thibodaux.


H.T. Narea, author of The Fund, will sign copies of his book 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

George Pelecanos, author of The Cut, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans

Alfrieda Judson, author of Death of a Marriage: A Pearl in the World, will sign copies of her book 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Pimanoylis Cafe, I AM Ministry Brunch, 14241 Airline Highway.

Items for Book Events were provided by Baton Rouge Press Club, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, West Feliciana Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library and Cheré Coen.