Alan Gauthreaux will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “An Extreme Prejudice: Anti-Italian Sentiment and Violence in Louisiana, 1855-1924,” at 7 p.m. on Monday at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.
Gauthreaux said “An Extreme Prejudice” portrays Italian immigrants as victims of their own pursuit of happiness. “Encouraged to come to Louisiana to increase the ‘white’ population after the American Civil War, most soon found themselves the victims of racial prejudice and deadly violence,” he said.
Decades passed. “Our melting pot became more tolerant of ethnic differences to the point of when crimes against Italian immigrants proved too daunting, other citizens actively and publicly came to their aid.”
The Italian work ethic and strong desire to become part of the American dream is now a part of Louisiana’s rich mystique.
Gauthreaux is a former teacher and National Outreach Coordinator for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. His other works can be found in Civil War Times magazine, Globe Communications’ The Detective Series and the Louisiana History Journal.
SAL’S GENEALOGY SEMINAR: Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Center at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, will discuss “Immigration and Ship Manifests” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The session for April 20 focuses on Latter Day Saints and Ancestry.com websites.
PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL RECORDS: This seminar focuses on how identity thieves get your information, what they do with it, signs of identity theft, ways to safeguard your information and what to do if your identity is stolen. The session occurs at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
FREE CONCERT: The American Legion Post 175 Concert Band performs a free concert at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
CELEBRATE POETRY MONTH: Bill Lavender, a poet, novelist, editor and teacher living in New Orleans, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday. He founded Lavender Ink, a small press devoted mainly to poetry, in 1995, and he founded Diálogos, an imprint devoted to cross-cultural literatures (mostly in translation) in 2011. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in dozens of print and web journals and anthologies, with theoretical writings appearing in Contemporary Literature and Poetics Today, among others. Lavender also will introduce poets from his publishing house, Lavender Ink.
HOME OWNERSHIP CLASS: The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, a nonprofit, community advocacy and homeownership organization, provides a free homeownership class at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. NACA’s primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership.
ROMANCE AND THE PARANORMAL: The local chapter of Romance Writers of America hosts Viktor Salazar, an emerging author, medium and clairvoyant, at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Salazar was born into a family of traditional Latin/Native American Curanderos, or healers, and he said he learned through personal supernatural experiences that not everything is as it appears. Some of Salazar’s experiences have been featured on Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” and Bio’s “My Ghost Story.” Salazar devotes his time to scientific understanding of the paranormal and helping others who share similar experiences.
WORLD WITHOUT RELIGION: The New Orleans Secular Humanist Association hosts David Silverman, author of a new book titled “Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World,” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Silverman will discuss his philosophy about atheism, and he will explain why atheism is growing in this country.
‘THE REMAINS OF THE DAY’: The Great Books Discussion Group at the East Bank Regional Library talks about Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The Remains of the Day” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The library is at 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The book is a portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, he embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving “a great gentleman.”
FREE CONCERT: The Jerusalem Shrine Big Band performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The 19-piece band performs music from the Big Band Era to contemporary hits.
‘EPIC OF GILGAMESH’: The Great Books Discussion Group at the Old Metairie Branch Library focuses on “The Epic of Gilgamesh” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The library is at 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie. Dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur, “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to jplibrary.net, or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.