The annual Friends of the LSU Libraries’ 2013 Book Bazaar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, through Saturday, March 2, at the 4-H Mini-Farm and Nelson Memorial Buildings at LSU. Hours of operation for the event will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

This year’s sale will have more than 68,000 books, as well as an ample collection of CDs, DVDs, sheet music and vinyl record albums. Admission is free. Plenty of parking is available. The Bazaar will offer books in dozens of categories, from contemporary fiction and non-fiction to rare and collectible books, all at a fraction of the retail price. Of special interest at this year’s sale is the new Hardback Fiction Annex located in the Nelson Memorial Building which adds more than 600 square feet of space.

Other items of note include a very special collection of Southern fiction; more than 4,000 history books including Southern, Civil War and military history; 6,000 children’s books; 1,700 cookbooks; many beautiful large-format art books; 2,000 science fiction books; and more than 1,000 vinyl record albums. For mystery and suspense lovers, there will be more than 6,000 titles to choose from. There will also be a large number of LSU Gumbo yearbooks available for sale.

Additionally there will be plenty items of interest at the Collectors table, including a bound set of LSU Reveilles from 1966-70 (four volumes) and a Civil War book collection in wonderful condition.

Free parking for all customers and volunteers will be available in the Zone 1 Commuter parking lot — bordered by Highland Road, South Stadium Drive and Parker Coliseum. For more information,visit

Readers & Writers

LSU Readers and Writers will host poets Dawn Lundy Martin and Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Martin is author of Discipline and A Gathering of Matter / a Matter of Gathering. Skidmore is a poet, educator, and organizer from Baton Rouge. In addition to Martin and Skidmore, the event will feature a performance by two youth poets from Baton Rouge’s ForwardArts after-school program WordCrew. This event is free and open to the public.

Cokie Roberts

Nationally recognized political reporter Cokie Roberts will headline a free public event at Loyola University in New Orleans at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Roberts is New Orleans native and daughter of U.S. Representatives Hale and Lindy Boggs, and she will provide an historical account of New Orleans politics, touching on her family’s experiences and her own as a political correspondent, as well as offering perspective on the recent presidential election.

The event is part of Loyola’s Presidential Centennial Guest Series and will take place in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans. Free parking is available for attendees in the West Road Garage.

Roberts’ work at NPR and ABC News has garnered three Emmy Awards. She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and is recognized by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. The Library of Congress honored her as a Living Legend in 2008. Her bestselling book, We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, is an account of women’s roles and relationships throughout American history. Her histories of women in America’s founding era—Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, published in 2004 and Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation in 2008—also became instant bestsellers. She also writes a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column with her husband, Steven V. Roberts.

Roberts’ talk will be available for viewing live online at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at for those who cannot attend the event.

Livingston Parish Library

Book clubs:

  • ?Tween Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond. Members will discuss Wonder by R.J. Palacio. For ages 8-11 only. Pick up a copy of this month’s book at the front desk today. Call (225) 567-1441 for more information.
  • ?South Branch Bookies will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the South branch, 23477 La. 444, Livingston. Members will discuss Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
  • ?Sci Fi Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St., Livingston. Members will discuss The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon.

EBR Parish Library

Book clubs:

  • ?Central Book Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Central branch, 11260 Joor Road. Members will discuss To Dance With the White Dog by Terry Kay.
  • Science Fiction Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Members will discuss Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
  • ?JCR Books Into Movies Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Members will discuss Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  • ?Compassion Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Main branch, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Members will discuss BehindThe Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.
  • ?Brown Bag Book Club will meet at noon Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the River Center branch, 120 St. Louis St. Members will discuss their favorite Edgar Allan Poe works.

Ascension Parish Library

Laugh your way through creative writing exercises and learn some interesting techniques that will give your writing a bit more polish at a Teen Writers’ Workshop at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Gonzales branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. in Gonzales, and Galvez branch, 40300 La. 42 in Prairieville. This program is free and open to all teens in the sixth grade and up. For more information call the library in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699, in Galvez at (225) 622-3339, in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, and in Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052.

Iberville Parish Library

Book club:

  • ?Oak Tree Readers Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Plaquemine branch, 24605 J. Gerald Berret Blvd. in Plaquemine. Members will discuss The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

Lafayette Public Library

Teens are invited to attend a drop-in revision workshop for those entering submissions to the Writes of Spring Writing Contest. Graduate students from UL Lafayette’s Creative Writing Department will be available to read over writing entries and offer guidance for work that will be submitted to the contest, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at South Regional Branch Library, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette.

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Writers’ group

Barnes & Noble Westbank, 1601B West Bank Expressway in Harvey, is hosting a Writers’ Group 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays.

This is a networking and critiquing forum for writers of all skill levels. Be prepared to read what you are working on, to take constructive criticism and to give it.

WGA meeting

Writers’ Guild of Acadiana (WGA) will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Barnes & Noble, 5705 Johnston St. in Lafayette. WGA is an organization made up of local writers, published and unpublished, who meet on the last Tuesday of the month to share and gain knowledge in the craft of writing.


Kerry Dunn, author of Joe Peace, will sign copies of his book at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Fair Grinds Coffee, 3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans.

Mark Statman, translator of Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of José María Hinojosa, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Michael Shuman, author of Local Dollars, Local Sense, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Sarah Carr , author of Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children, will sign copies of her book at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans

Chris Wiltz, author of Shoot the Money, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.

Daniel Brook, author of A History Of Future Cities, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

John McCusker, author of Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz, will sign copies of his book 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Maple Street Book Shop Healing Center Location, 2372 St. Claude Ave. in New Orleans.

Johnette Downing, author of Why the Possum Has a Large Grin, will sign copies of her book at noon Friday, March 1, at A Tisket A Tasket Book Shop, 910 Decatur St. in New Orleans.

Deirdre Gogarty and Darrelyn Saloom, authors of My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl Who Yearns to Box, will sign copies of their book 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Items for Book Events were provided by Friends of LSU Libraries, LSU Readers and Writers, Loyola University New Orleans Office of Public Affairs, Livingston Parish Library, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, Iberville Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library, Barnes & Noble and Writers Guild of Acadiana.