Errol Laborde, editor and publisher of Louisiana Life magazine, will discuss the new book "New Orleans: The First 300 Years" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
The book is a joint venture between public television station WYES and Pelican Publishing Co., with support from The Historic New Orleans Collection. Twenty-two authors have contributed writing on 23 topics that explore the city's evolution during the last 300 years.
The book was inspired by "The Past As Prelude," a publication released in 1968 on the occasion of the city’s 250th anniversary and published by Pelican Publishing Co. and Tulane University. Journalist Hodding Carter was the editor.
“Like that book, this publication will cover a range of topics,” says project editor Errol Laborde. “But it will also be visual, containing great writing and images.” Book production supervision is by WYES Executive Producer Peggy Scott Laborde.
Errol Laborde has won more than 25 New Orleans Press Club Awards and is a producer and panelist on public television’s Informed Sources, a program that explores local politics. He also is the founding president and a board member of the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
GENEALOGY: Gwen Kelley, a librarian who specializes in genealogy and local history, will lead a seminar that focuses on military records for family researchers, including the database Fold3, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Kelley says military records can provide much information. There are two basic record types: service records and pension records. But there are many types of records that are related to military service, ranging from letters home to burial arrangement, medals and honors.
Military records can be found at both the federal and state levels, as well as locally in parish- or town-specific locations. Also, there is often much data on military conflicts, including information on those involved, in manuscripts.
ANTIQUE CLOCKS AND WATCHES: Members of Local Creole Chapter No. 43, a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, will conduct an informational seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the East Bank Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
The event will include a clock repair workshop at 11 a.m. that will involve inspection, disassembly, cleaning and repair of an antique clock movement. Patrons may bring old clocks and watches — or photos of them — to the library, and members of the Watch and Clock Collectors Club will identify them, tell who made them and when, and provide a history of the collectible.
ROMANCE WRITERS: Author Sheryl Hames Torres presents “Putting on Your Big Girl Panties and Writing Even Through Adversity” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Her presentation occurs as part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Southeast Louisiana chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Torres started making up stories as a girl to keep her five younger siblings entertained. She has published several romances, including "Kate’s House," "Illusions," "The Sweetest Things" and "Something Borrowed," and her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies.
WRITING CRIME: B.J. Bourg will discuss "Righting Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Making Suspects Talk," and Amanda Bourg, Ph.D., will discuss "Myths and Facts about Psychotherapy: Getting it Write," at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Bourg is a 27-year law enforcement veteran, having spent the vast majority of his years investigating felony cases for a local sheriff’s office and district attorney’s office. Bourg is a psychologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Louisiana and has extensive experience treating people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.
DEATH WITH DIGNITY: Julie Hanway, an official with the Final Exit Network, will discuss “death with dignity” issues at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Final Exit Network is a national nonprofit organization that espouses an individual's right to self-determination. It provides education on all end-of-life choices and has been instrumental in changing laws nationwide. Hanway will discuss the laws in Louisiana, and the current status of those laws throughout the United States, Canada, and Central and South America.
AUTHOR TALK: Alton Carter, a former foster child and police officer, will discuss his new book, "The Boy Who Carried the Bricks," at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, shuttled between foster homes and a boy’s ranch for most of his formative years, the young character refuses to succumb to the fate that the world says should be his. Carter does not mince words as he describes a childhood full of violence and hunger and neglect.
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 for daily programming updates.