Welcome back, friends, to the dog days of summer. After the conclusion of Essence Festival and the Fourth of July, New Orleans buckles down for a long stretch of uninterrupted, air-conditioned time in which we do mostly nothing and pray for no hurricanes. (Good times.)
But it's important to leave the house, once in a while, if just to keep up our social skills. Here are some July book events for those occasional sojourns.
- July 11: Gwen Thompkins. The music journalist presents an updated edition of Danny Barker's A Life in Jazz, which was released last winter. (She wrote the introduction). At Hubbell Library at 6:30 p.m.
- July 12: Roxane Gay. The high-profile cultural critic comes through town to discuss her memoir Hunger, a raw-edged account of sexual assault and body image issues. You must buy a copy of the book from Octavia Books (513 Octavia St.) to attend. She's in conversation with novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin at Jewish Community Center at 7 p.m.
- July 15-17: Children's Summer Reading Program Finale Parties. Family-friendly parties at several New Orleans Public Library branches celebrate the conclusion of its summer reading program. There are activities, crafts and snacks at different locations throughout the weekend. Visit www.nolalibrary.org for details.
- July 19: Yuri Herrera. The award-winning writer who and Tulane professor presents Kingdom Cons, his "surreal fable/crime romance" recently translated into English. It's one of the last events hosted at Maple Street Book Shop (sniff) and begins at 6 p.m.
- July 20: Ellen Gilchrist. The author won the National Book Award for her short story collection Victory Over Japan. She presents a new essay collection, Things Like the Truth: Out of My Later Years, at Garden District Book Shop at 6 p.m.