“Ten Years After: Chroniclers of the Storm,” the first Jefferson Parish Library Literary Festival, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The free, daylong festival is open to the public.
The goal is not only to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina but to honor and promote the writers and photographers who documented the storm so the world would know what happened here. The day’s events will include the following segments:
Susan Larson, host of WWNO’s “The Reading Life” and who now writes about books for The New Orleans Advocate, will open the session with an overview of Katrina-related books.
Julie Smith, a mystery author with more than 20 titles, will moderate a panel of writers who have produced Katrina-related fiction, including Patty Friedmann, Laura Roach Dragon, Juyanne James and Rexanne Becnel.
Chris Rose, former Times-Picayune columnist and author of “1 Dead in Attic,” will discuss his experiences during and after the storm. Stephen Rea, author of “Finn McCool’s Football Club,” will interview Rose.
Photographers David Spielman and Charlie Varley will join with artist Brad Beneschik on a panel of those who documented the storm visually.
James Nolan, author of the Katrina-set novel “Higher Ground,” will lead a nonfiction panel of health care professionals who wrote about their experiences during the storm, including Dr. Richard Deichmann; registered nurse John Batty; and Carolyn Perry.
Information about the literary festival and its participants can be found at www. jefferson.lib.la.us.
ADULT SPELLING BEE: The adult spelling bee will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Danny Cangelosi, library manager, will serve as the emcee. Participants must be 18 or older to participate.
AARP SERIES: Representatives from the American Association of Retired People will discuss “Life Reimagined” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Life Reimagined is a series of free online and offline experiences that guide people through life transitions by helping them discover new possibilities and connect with a community of people pursuing similar passions and goals.
NEW ORLEANS TROMBONE CHOIR: The New Orleans Trombone Choir, a group of about a dozen people who play the brass instrument, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. A trombone choir is a musical ensemble composed of trombone players. The choir normally has at least three parts, including first and second trombone and bass, usually with at least two performers per part.
TRAVEL WRITING: Reine Dugas Bouton, an English professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, will lead a workshop on travel writing at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Participants will learn to turn travel adventures into essays or blog entries that can be shared with family and friends or submitted for publication. Part lecture, part workshop, the class will focus on essay structure, detail and writer’s voice. Bouton teaches literature and creative nonfiction classes at SLU and frequently travels to Italy and Spain with the school’s study abroad program. She has published scholarly essays, edited a collection on Eudora Welty and written nonfiction pieces on travel and culture.
All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net or “friend” the library’s Facebook page.