During February, the East Bank Regional Library will host appearances by eight authors of fiction, nonfiction, anthology, art, romance and Mardi Gras. All author signings happen at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Author events are free of charge and are open to the public. Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will be present with books available for purchase.
“N.O. LIT”: Nancy Dixon will discuss her book “N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The book is a comprehensive collection of the literature of New Orleans. Dixon has gathered some of the most prominent writers long associated with New Orleans, such as Lafcadio Hearn, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Eudora Welty, as well as lesser-known authors such as the writers of Les Cenelles, French Creoles of color who published the first anthology of African-American literature in 1845.
FEMALE AUTHORS: Men are welcome at this event at 7 p.m. Wednesday as Christa Allen talks about “Test of Faith,” Colleen Mooney discusses “Rescued by a Kiss,” and Vicki Salloum talks about “Faulkner and Friends.”
“THE MARDI GRAS PAINTINGS OF BOB GRAHAM”: Bob Graham started his New Orleans career painting in Jackson Square. He has exhibited or been recognized by the New Orleans Museum of Art, the American Artist Professional League, the Salmagundi Club, Knickerbocker Artists and the Allied Artists of America, and as a master “pastelist” by the Pastel Society of America. 7 p.m. Feb. 10.
ROMANCE: Two New York Times best-selling authors, Alex Kava and Erica Spindler, talk about their newest books. Kava will discuss “Breaking Creed,” and Spindler will talk about “The First Wife.” 7 p.m. Feb. 11.
“BLACK LIFE IN OLD NEW ORLEANS”: Keith Weldon Medley will be on hand at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 to discuss his book, which captures 300 years of history from the perspective of African-American society, culture and politics. His research encompasses Congo Square, Old Treme, Louis Armstrong, Fannie C. Williams, Mardi Gras and more.
RENOVATIONS: The North Kenner Library, 630 West Esplanade Ave., is closed for renovation, probably until March. When it reopens, it will have a meeting room.
GREAT BOOKS: The Great Books Foundation Discussion Group will discuss “The Knight of Faith” by Soren Kierkegard at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. The Great Books Foundation is dedicated to helping people learn how to think and share ideas by educating them to become participants in, leaders of and advocates for shared inquiry.
TOASTMASTERS: The APAS Toastmasters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. The group provides a supportive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills.
CAMERA CLUB: The West Bank Camera Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan, in Harvey.
WILLS AND TRUSTS: William Perry will discuss the importance of the will, trusts, beneficiary designations, powers of appointment, property ownership and powers of attorney at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., in Harvey.