During 2017, the Jefferson Parish Library hosted more than 130 local authors who discussed their new books and signed copies for those who wanted to purchase them. The authors appeared at one of the library’s literary festivals, as panelists and in solo appearances.

In general, the East Bank Regional Library hosts at least one author per week, but usually more.

Attending a book signing is a great way to meet authors, who are generally happy to discuss their books as well as the writing process and the life of a writer.

Following are the book signings lined up for January. They begin at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. 

JAN. 4: Ronald J. Drez, "Predicting Pearl Harbor: Billy Mitchell and the Path to War"

This event occurs as part of the monthly meeting of the World War II Discussion Group. Drez takes readers through the early history of U.S.-Japan relations, then recounts Gen. Billy Mitchell's fight for more U.S. air power and his prediction of a future war with the Japanese. Scorned and ridiculed, he is ultimately court-martialed.

Jan. 9: R. Duane Huff, "Write Your Own Ticket"

Huff’s premise is that he believes anyone can write their own ticket to the life he was meant to live, on his own terms. He says he is living proof that it is possible, and he'd like to serve as mentor to others on the journey.

Jan. 11: Linda Thurman, "Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo and Greed"

Hollywood insider Linda Thurman’s memoir/exposè follows the rise and subsequent corruption of Louisiana’s film industry, known as Hollywood South. Intimately acquainted with the conspiracy to manipulate and control the Louisiana film industry (which resulted in several arrests), Thurman sheds light on the convoluted relationship between politics and entertainment in both Hollywood and Louisiana.

Jan. 18: Tyler Bridges, "Long Shot"

"Long Shot" is the story of Louisiana's 2015 race for governor and the improbable victory of John Bel Edwards over Sen. David Vitter. Bridges and Jeremy Alford, two veteran Louisiana political reporters, take readers into the inner workings of the Edwards and Vitter campaigns. They interviewed more than 100 of the people who cut the deals, launched the attacks and even played both sides.

Jan. 25: John Magill, "The Incomparable Magazine Street"

Once home to neighborhood grocers, druggists and cleaners, Magazine Street has become a destination for fashion boutiques, gift shops, design studios, antique stores and galleries. It is also one of the most important dining and drinking streets in town. Still home to little neighborhood eateries, Magazine now hosts some of the city’s most renowned restaurants.

Jan. 25: Sydney P. Bellard, "A Cajun in France: Journeys to Assimilation"

Sidney "Pierre" Bellard’s first language is Cajun French, and he was the first in his family to be a high school and college graduate. While most immigrants to America achieved assimilation within two generations, Bellard’s paternal family line, due to isolation and a sharecropper lifestyle, took generations before he achieved assimilation in the 1960s.

GREAT BOOKS CLUB: The members of the Great Books Discussion Group have announced their reading schedule through the first half of 2018. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Meetings are moderated by Gwen Kelley, a librarian who works in the Special Collections Department at the branch. They are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Jan. 16: "The Moviegoer" by Walker Percy

Feb. 20: "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel

March 13: "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden

April 17: "Atonement" by Ian McEwan

May 15: "Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka

June 19: "The World According to Garp" by John Irving

LAST CALL FOR RAILROAD EXHIBIT: Library display cases are full of memorabilia provided by the Crescent City Model Railroad Club, but the exhibit will be leaving soon. Some of the items in the exhibit: a collection of Crescent Lines locomotives and cabooses; a G scale LGB German prototype locomotive and a G scale passenger coach; a Crescent Lines freight train with typical double stack well cars that carry containers and a pair of auto rack car carriers on the rear; a brightly colored Southern Pacific Daylight Express train; and many others.

Anyone with ideas regarding future exhibits should contact Chris Smith at wcsmith@jplibrary.net.

STAMP CLUB: The Crescent City Stamp Club meets to discuss stamp-collecting on the second Tuesday of each month at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. Stamp collecting is enjoying a resurgence, and the members of this club are willing to share their knowledge. Newcomers are welcome.

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.