At 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, Casa Azul Gifts, 232 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Grand Coteau, will host a literary reading featuring Louisiana poet laureate Julie Kane and poet Kelly Clayton.

Kane is a native of Boston and a longtime resident of Louisiana. Her six books include three collections of poetry, one volume of non-fiction, and two edited anthologies. Her new collection, Jazz Funeral, is judge David Mason’s selection for the 2009 Donald Justice Poetry Prize.

Clayton is a Louisiana Creole whose roots on both sides of the family reach back to 1778. She recently moved home after 20 years in New York City. Writing poetry full-time, she has earned a living as an editor, waitress, line cook, publisher’s assistant and event producer, all this after dropping out of beauty school. Her work has been published by Future Cycle Press, Random House and UK’s Gloom Cupboard. She lives in Lafayette with her husband and 9-year-old son. Kelly considers herself living proof that Louisiana never lets her children go.

Bring your own poems, songs or stories for the Open Mic that follows the readings. This free event is appropriate for mature teens and adults, and is sponsored by The Festival of Words, Frederick L’Ecole Des Arts and the Thensted Center. It is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Acadiana Center for the Arts. For more information contact Patrice Melnick at (337) 662-1032 or email

EBR Parish Library

Attention all you rockers, bluesmen, and head bangers! The Baton Rouge Room is looking for your slice of history related to the BR music scene.

Are you willing to share? Are you a fan or musician? Did you attend concerts of big name rock stars at Independence Hall, Cow Palace, the Assembly Center or the Centroplex? How about the Dark Horse or other local concert venues? Did you save any souvenirs or momentos? Did you have your own band? How about:

• Ticket stubs.

• Promotional posters or photos.

• Playbills or programs.

• Photographs of you at the concert,whether you were on stage or in the audience.

• Contracts with promoters.

• Tshirts, buttons, bic lighters, guitar picks, drumsticks, and other concert souvenirs.

• Tapes, 45s and LPs ... even just the jackets.

Archivist Melissa Eastin is eager to document our rich musical history. Contact her at or call (225) 389-4960.

TumbleBooks are e-books for children that will be available through an icon click on the library website’s Kids Page from either a patron computer at the Library, or from home.

With TumbleBooks, readers get a picture book with added animation, music, sound and narration to create a unique story experience. Children can read the Tumblebook or have it read to them by the computer.

The TumbleBook Library has a wide variety of children’s favorite story books, with newer favorites, fairy tales, and old classics.

For more information, call (225) 231-3760 or visit http://www.tumblebooks. com.

Book club

• Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at noon Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Members will discuss books by Joanna Carl and G.A. McKevette.

Livingston Parish Library

The Livingston Parish Library will not hold storytimes at any of its branches the week of Aug. 8-12. Storytimes will resume Aug. 15.

Book clubs

• Livingston Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Main branch, 13986 Florida Blvd. in Livingston. Members will discuss The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.

• Sunny Side Up Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss Emerald Windows by Terri Blackstock.

Lafayette Public Library

SciFi/Fantasy Book Club will meet 6:15-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at The South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members will discuss Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.


Former Gov. Edwin Edwards and Leo Honeycutt, author of Edwards’ biography, will sign copies of Honeycutt’s book at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Paragon Casino Resort, La. 1 in Marksville. The book signing will take place in the ballroom of the Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Conference Center.

Pamela Ewen, author of Dancing on Glass, will sign copies of her book at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 Citiplace Court.

Tom Piazza, author of Devil Sent The Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America, will sign copies of his book 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Items for Book Events were provided by Casa Azul, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library and Lafayette Public Library.