Lunchtime Lagniappe, a weekly series of lectures that explores the rich culture and history of Louisiana, resumes at noon Wednesday, March 6, at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., with “Madame Legendre: Hostess to History.”

Historian and genealogist Yvonne Lewis-Day will trace the life and career of Madame Legendre who ran Baton Rouge’s first five-star hotel and hosted many famous visitors in the early 19th century. The program begins at noon and is free and open to public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch and may come and go as their schedules require. The Louisiana State Museum Friends will have refreshments available for a small donation.

The museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit

Roberts talk postponed

Last week’s scheduled Presidential Centennial Guest Series talk at Loyola University featuring Cokie Roberts has been postponed until 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Roberts, a veteran journalist with ABC News and political commentator with NPR, was called to Rome to cover the Pope’s resignation and wasn’t able to give her talk, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 26. The event location has not changed, and Roberts’ lecture will be held in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

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SLU book-themed tea

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Friends of Sims Library will host a book-themed tea 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, on the second floor of the library in Hammond. Guests will enjoy an array of teas, sandwiches and desserts, and optional unlimited mimosas will be available. The guest speaker will be New Orleans author Christine Wiltz, whose book The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld tells the scandalous tale of the notorious Norma Wallace against a background of the vice and corruption that flourished in the city over a number of decades.

Wiltz is also the author of Glass House and the Neal Rafferty Mysteries; her latest book, Shoot the Money, has been described as a “racy gumbo of suspense, comedy, and ‘sisters-in-crime’.”

The tea is free for Friends of Sims Library members and $25 for non-members, which includes a one-year membership. For reservations or any other information about FOSL, contact Janie Branham at (985) 549-2186 or via email at by Monday, March 4.

1718 Society

1718 Society, a student-run literary organization of Tulane, Loyola, and UNO students, hosts their reading series the first Tuesday of every month at the Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue.

All readings start at 7 p.m. and are open to the public, providing an opportunity to experience writers (primarily local poets, but also fiction writers both local and national), while giving students a forum to present their own work to their peers and the community. Curator and writer Veronica Kavass will read Tuesday, March 5. She’ll be reading from her book, Artists in Love: From Picasso & Gilet to Christo and Jean-Claude, A Century of Creative and Romantic Partnerships, in which she discusses 29 20th- and 21st-century artist-couples — among them Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe; Josef and Anni Albers; Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; and Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg — exploring “the way they, as partners, collaborated, influenced one another, or guarded their art from a lover’s influence, or how they used muse-manipulation to come into their own, or sacrificed their art for the other’s.”

Presented in chronological order (by the year each couple “joined forces”), the brief, two- to four-page portraits and their accompanying artworks (several full-color, often full-page illustrations are included, as well as a portrait of each couple) “map the trajectories that each of the artists took and how love for or from another visual artist played a crucial navigational role.”

Livingston Parish Library

It starts with an ending. You’ve just finished an absorbing book series and want to try something similar.

The authors you really enjoy haven’t come out with anything new. Or maybe you just want to find some new books or authors on your favorite subject.

In all of these scenarios, the Livingston Parish Library can help in three ways.

  • ?The Livingston Parish Library offers several resources for patrons in search of a good read. Every two months, the library publishes a reader’s advisory brochure that helps patrons find new materials on a specific subject.

The library is kicking off March with books and other materials on gardening. The March reader’s advisory brochure can be found in any of the library branches.

  • ?Goodreads — The Livingston Parish Library Goodreads page debuts this month. Patrons are invited to join the staff and other patrons for great book discussions and recommendations. Each of the branch book clubs will have a shelf of books they are currently reading. Library staff will also post lists of recommended books and video book reviews while chatting with you about what you are reading. Goodreads is a great way to connect with others who love reading and talking about what they’ve read.

Search for the Livingston Parish Library on Goodreads to visit the library’s page and find out what the staff and other patrons recommend.

  • ?NoveList Plus — NoveList Plus is a comprehensive reader’s advisory resource that provides a database of fiction and nonfiction for library patrons. Users can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and nonfiction titles, and also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more. The database boasts more than 150,000 fiction titles and more than 4,000 custom-created articles and lists.

NoveList Plus can be accessed from both the library and from a home computer. The database is free with your library card.

To get started using NoveList Plus, visit and click on the Services tab.

Are you interested in genealogy but have no clue where to start? The Denham Springs Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs, will host a genealogy class at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4.

This class introduces some vital genealogy sites, including free resources offered by the Livingston Parish Library. Get tips about how to search for your ancestors online. Registration is required. To register or for details, call the library.

Young Writers Club will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the 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.

Adult Writers Circle will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Denham Springs Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Are you a writer who is looking for some feedback? Then come to the Writers Circle.

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 and self-publishing.

Book clubs:

Albany-Springfield Adult Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, March 4, at the Albany-Springfield branch. Members will discuss The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

EBR Parish Library

Book club:

The Evening Book Club will meet 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Baker Branch, 3501 Groom Road. Members will discuss The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Lafayette Public Library

The Lafayette Public Library and the Lafayette Museum/Alexandre Mouton House will host Mary Farmer-Kaiser from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Lafayette Museum/Alexandre Mouton House, 1122 Lafayette St. Farmer-Kaiser’s research and teaching focus is on U.S. constitutional and legal history, U.S. women’s history, and African-American history in the Age of Emancipation.

In 2009, Farmer-Kaiser was honored to receive the Ray P. Authement Teaching Excellence Award, an annual universitywide prize that recognizes the achievements of outstanding educators at ULL.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Teen Poetry Night will be held 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at North Regional Library, 5101 N. University Ave. in Carencro. For all young poets out there who would like to speak their minds, come and join the spoken word group Project SOUND for a night filled with reading, writing and expressing yourself through poetry. This night is for ages 13-18.


Veronica Kavass, author of Artists in Love: From Picasso & Gilot to Christo & Jeanne-Claude, A Century of Creative and Romantic Partnerships, will sign copies of her book 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania 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 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mapmaker’s War, will sign copies of her book 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Liz Gru, author of Starseed, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Barnes & Noble Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville.

C.S. Harris, author of What Darkness Brings, will sign copies of her book 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Garden District Books Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mapmaker’s War, will sign copies of her book at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Barnes & Noble, 5705 Johnston St., Lafayette.

Items for Book Events were provided by Capitol Park Museum, Loyola University Office of Public Affairs, SLU Public Information Office, the 1718 Society, Livingston Parish Library, East Baton Rouge Parish Library and Lafayette Public Library.