Michael Tisserand, author of the National Book-nominated "Krazy: George Herriman in Black and White," will discuss the New Orleans-born illustrator, journalist and cartoonist at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
"Krazy" is the story of Krazy Kat cartoon creator George Herriman. It explores the turbulent time and place from which he emerged — and the deep secret he explored through his art. A native of 19th-century New Orleans, Herriman came of age as an illustrator, journalist and cartoonist in Los Angeles and New York.
Appearing in the biggest newspapers of the early 20th century — including those owned by William Randolph Hearst — Herriman’s cartoons quickly propelled him to fame. Although fitfully popular with readers of the period, his work has been widely credited with elevating cartoons from daily amusements to anarchic art.
"Krazy" has been named a finalist in both the National Book Critics Circle Awards for Biography and the Pen America/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. "Krazy" also has been selected as a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of 2016 and was one of Vanity Fair‘s “Must-Read Books of the Holiday Season.”
Tisserand’s other books include "The Kingdom of Zydeco" and "Sugarcane Academy: How a New Orleans Teacher and His Storm-Struck Students Created a School to Remember."
His work has appeared in the Oxford American, The Nation, The Progressive and on WBEZ-FM Chicago. The former editor of New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly, Tisserand’s 11-part Katrina series “Submerged” was published in alternative newsweeklies across the country.
CEMETERIES AND GENEALOGY: Gwen Kelley, a librarian who specializes in genealogy and local history, will lead a seminar about the importance of cemetery records for family researchers at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Cemetery records and headstone inscriptions are sources of birth and death information. The records of this type are most commonly found in church burial registers, sextons’ records, cemetery deed and plot registers, burial permit records, grave opening orders and monument (gravestone) inscriptions.
FINANCE SEMINAR: The New Orleans Financial Center will present “Saving Your Future – Finance 101” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
It focuses on how to make money work better for you, find and save more money, understand investment and build wealth, and protect and preserve money.
The New Orleans Financial Center is part of a national network of financial literacy organizations whose goal is to empower one million families about the importance of money and finances by the year 2020.
BOATING SAFETY: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries offers a free boating class from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements, many navigation rules, navigation charts, trailering, sailboats and related subjects that include canoeing, personal watercraft and more.
Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.
HOME BUYING SEMINAR: The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America conducts a home ownership seminar from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
NACA is a nonprofit, community advocacy and homeownership organization with the goal of building strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership.
OPERA HISTORY: Jack Belsom, archivist for the New Orleans Opera Association since 1974, will present “A History of the New Orleans Opera and the Associated Genealogical Research” at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Belsom is the author of "Opera in New Orleans," which was published in 1993. According to Belsom, the date of the very first staging of opera in the Crescent City cannot be firmly established and seems forever lost to music historians. But, it can safely be stated that since 1796, in the final decade of the Spanish colonial era, New Orleans has had operatic performances on almost a yearly basis.
This event is part of the meeting of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans.
BENEATH THE WEIGHT: “End Emotional Eating,” a weight-loss program conducted by the nonprofit organization, SelfCare Health Initiatives, will be at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, May 16, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Those interested in attending should note that this is not a series of lectures. It is a participatory event in which attendees share eating and weight-loss experiences with partners at their tables.
HEMINGWAY DISCUSSION: The Great Books Discussion Group at the East Bank Regional Library will discuss Ernest Hemingway’s "A Farewell to Arms" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, at EBR, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
In 1918, Ernest Hemingway volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experiences came "A Farewell to Arms." Hemingway recreates the fear, the comradeship and the courage experienced by his young American volunteer, and the men and women he meets.
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.