The East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, hosts six authors during March; to attend each appearance is free of charge and open to the public. Books will be available for those who would like to purchase them.
“UNFATHOMABLE CITY”: Rebecca Snedeker will discuss her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The book maps out pivotal scenes of American history and culture in New Orleans, and sites of monumental disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. It was the 2014 choice for One Book One New Orleans.
“IRISH NEW ORLEANS”: Laura Kelley will discuss her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. The book focuses on Bloody O’Reilly in the 18th century; the great churches and charitable organizations built by the Irish Famine immigrants in the 19th century; the Irish-dominated politics of the 20th century; and Irish dance, music and sports. The book also includes essays by Betsy McGovern recalling her involvement in the city’s Irish music scene and Terrence Fitzmorris discussing wakes and funerary practices.
“THE TIMES-PICAYUNE IN A CHANGING MEDIA WORLD”: S.L. Alexander will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12. The book deals with the decision by one of the largest U.S. newspaper chains to switch from daily print publication of The Times-Picayune to three days a week, while upgrading its presence online, and the furor that ensued.
“THE ICE GARDEN”: Moira Crone will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. The book examines the struggle of a young mother dealing with mental illness amid the social expectations of the small-town South in the early 1960s. The story is told from the perspective of the woman’s 10-year-old daughter, who is left largely on her own to save herself and her baby sister.
“ROYAL AND ST. LOUIS”: Renee Austell will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19. The book tells the story of a lawyer who learns more than she bargained for during her representation of a man accused of murdering corporate executives.
“TAI CHI AMERICAN STYLE”: Terry Rappold will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26. The book offers a simple guide to healthful living for those leading mentally challenging and often physically exhausting lifestyles. It draws its information predominately from the 3,000-year-old Chinese art of tai chi. Readers are invited to undergo a mind shift, perceiving daily activity and movement as exercise. Readers also will be taught to “actively” move both their external physical body and their internal energetic body, creating greater chi (vital life force) circulation.
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