The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library will host five creative writing WordShops. WordShops focus on writing styles including memoir, poetry and creative nonfiction. They will take place at the State Library of Louisiana, the Capitol Park Welcome Center and the Capitol Park Museum on Oct. 28, the day before the eighth annual Louisiana Book Festival.

Space is limited. To register for WordShops call Charlene Moore at (225) 219-0946 or download the registration form at Registration is $40 for half-day WordShops and $75 for the full day. The fee for attending both a morning and afternoon WordShop is $75. Registration and payment are due by Oct. 25. Parking will be provided.


Full-day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rosemary Daniell - “NERVE: Doing What It Takes to Turn the Truths of Your Life into Memoir”

Half-day, 9 a.m.-noon

John Biguenet - “Function Follows Form: Why Genre Matters”

Johnette Downing - “Postcard Poetry for Elementary and Middle School Educators”

Half-day, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Julie Kane - “Semiformalists Have More Fun”

Sheryl St. Germain - “Conjuring Place: A Workshop in Creative Nonfiction”

Complete information on the 2011 Book Festival and WordShops is available at or by calling (225) 219-9503.

EBR Parish Library

A “Draw Your Own Graphic Novel!’ program will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. The program will bring together both adult and teen graphic novel enthusiasts to begin their own graphic novels. Participants will have approximately two hours to create their own four panel comic strips related to libraries as a starting point for their own piece of sequential art, and compete for prizes.

Participants will not be allowed to use any computer-aided design programs, and all parts of the creative process must occur on the premises.

Entries will be judged by overall artistic value, and style, and separated by age categories. The judging panel will consist of librarians, support staff, graphic novel enthusiasts, and comic book store owners. Pre-registration is required. Some basic supplies will be furnished by the library, with participants furnishing other supplies. Upon pre-registration, a list of supplies will be given.

For more information or to register, call (225) 756-1140.

Dr. Susan Weinstein, an associate professor of English at LSU, will lead a readers and writers book discussion at the Carver Branch, 720 Terrace St., at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Weinstein is the author of Feel These Words: Writing in the Lives of Urban Youth. For more information, call (225) 389-7440.

In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day, children ages 6-8 will listen to the story Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at the Jones Creek Regional Branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road.

After the story, each child will make their own pirate sword.

For more information or to register, call (225) 756-1160.

Book clubs:

•Bluebonnet Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Boulevard. Members will discuss The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.

•Like it ... or Not Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Pride-Chaneyville Branch, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road. Members will discuss Life’s a Beach by Claire Cook.

•Zachary Teen Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Zachary Branch, 1900 Church St. The September selection is Assassin by Grace Cavendish. For more information or to register, call (225) 658-1870.

Livingston Parish Library

Young Writers Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Denham Springs-Walker Branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The club 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.

Book clubs:

•Teen Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Denham Springs-Walker Branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Members will discuss Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. The club is open to teens in 6th through 12th grade and hosted by the branch’s Teen Advisory Board. The club will also participate in activities and trivia games as well as suggest books for future discussions. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the library at (225) 665-8118.

Cover 2 Cover Book Club will meet 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond. Cover 2 Cover Tween Book Club wants new members. Come to this meeting to discuss the first half of A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine. Cover 2 Cover is a book club for tweens between 8 and 12. Interested in signing up? Contact the library at (225) 567-1441 to join this new reading group and reserve a copy of the book.

Eclectic Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Members will discuss A Glimpse of Paradise by Miriam Bensman.

Lafayette Public Library

If you like to read mysteries, join South Regional Sleuths Mystery Book Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members will discuss The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by C. Alan Bradley.

The Friends Book Sale will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 20-21, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Heymann Performing Arts and Convention Center Ballroom, 1373 S. College Road in Lafayette.

LSU Readers & Writers will present “The State of Writing” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the LSU Music School Recital Hall. The event will feature a talk about teaching by LSU’s Dr. Susan Weinstein and a reading by State Poet Laureate Julie Kane as well as performances by the 2011 Baton Rouge Youth Slam Team.

Admission is free.

Fertel to speak

Rien T. Fertel, a bi-coastal south Louisianian from St. Martinville and New Orleans, is bringing his creativity and expertise in south Louisiana culture, particularly its history of cuisine to the Heritage Lecture series of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana (FHL) on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.

His presentation, titled “From Wild Vines to Creole Feasts: The History of New Orleans through its Food,”’ retells the story of New Orleans, from settlement to today, through the city’s food ways, focusing on the untold role of food in several of the city’s familiar historical events.

Fertel is working on a doctorate degree in history at Tulane University, where he also teaches. He is also pursuing research projects in Creole literature and Creole food and its culture. He splits his time between New Orleans and St. Martinville.

The lecture is free to FHL members and $10 for guests. A reception, hosted by Calandro’s Fine Cellars, will be held at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

Women’s Week Event

Women’s Week and BREC’s Baton Rouge Gallery Sundays@4 are working together to sponsor a reading and panel discussion by five local female writers on the topic of “The Good Old Girls’ Network: Women Writers on Women Connecting (or Disconnecting).”

Each of the women will read a 10-minute original writing on the topic of the types of relationships that women experience over the course of their lives. This free event, which is one of the 221 activities of the 2011 Women! A Week-Long Celebration, takes place 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive.

Readers will include Renee Bacher, Claire Boudreaux Bateman, Ronlyn Domingue, Ava Leavell Haymon and Andrea Neighbours.

Multilingual open mic

Casa Azul Gifts, 232 Martin Luther King Drive in Grand Coteau, hosts a Multilingual Open Mic at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. This free event features poems, songs and stories performed in different languages. Perhaps you speak Spanish, French, Vietnamese or Bambara? Read a poem, share a song, or tell a story. Feel free to participate, or just come to listen and enjoy the variety of music and poetry. Open mic hosted by Norris Fontenot.

The event is appropriate for all ages. The Multilingual Open Mic is sponsored by The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective and Frederick L’Ecole Des Arts.

For more information contact Patrice at (337) 662-1032 or

Free lecture

AIA New Orleans is joining Tulane School of Architecture to present the Fall 2011 Urban Innovations Series at Thomson Hall, room 201, Tulane School of Architecture, 6823 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans. The next installment in this series will feature David Smith of the Affordable Housing Institute discussing “Turning Slums Into Assets.” The event begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, and lasts an hour and a half.


Annabelle Armstrong, author of Historic Neighborhoods of Baton Rouge, will speak and sign copies of her book at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at a meeting of the John James Audubon Chapter at the East Baton Rouge Library Bluebonnet branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

David Gessner, author of The Tarball Chronicles: A Journey Beyond The Oiled Pelican And Into The Heart Of The Gulf Oil Spill, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Robert Franek, author of The Best 376 Colleges, 2012, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. in New Orleans.

Neal Pollack, author of Stretch: The Unlikely Making Of A Yoga Dude, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Musical duo Trout Fishing in America will perform songs and read from their newly released book/CD, Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Barnes & Noble Perkins Rowe, 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Rexanne Becnel and June Shaw, authors of The Thief’s Only Child and Deadly Reunion, respectively, will sign copies of their book in a joint appearance 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Sandra Mizell, author of Live! You Didn’t Die!, will sign copies of her book 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Bible and Book Center, 4242 Government St.

Items for Book Events were provided by The State Library of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Baton Rouge Gallery, LSU Readers & Writers, Casa Azul and AIA New Orleans.