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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in April

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 12:08 PM


"April is the cruellest month," wrote T.S. Eliot in his inscrutable modernist masterpiece "The Waste Land." (Personally, I've always preferred "Preludes.") New Orleanians probably disagree — April means festival season, gleeful crawfish gluttony and those last nice sunshiny days before humidity turns the city into the interior of an unplugged refrigerator for six months.

If you can squeeze a reading or two onto your crowded festival calendar, here are a few picks for literary happenings around town.

  • April 6: Jami Attenberg. At an event hosted by Room 220, the sometimes-New Orleanian appears at Saturn Bar to promote All Grown Up, her recent novel/interlinking story collection centered around a Gen-X protagonist spinning her wheels. 7 p.m.

  • April 15: Megan Braden-Perry. A recent Gambit cover story profiled Megan, who also is an occasional contributor to the magazine. She'll present her book about essential local snowballs at Maple Street Book Shop. 11 a.m.

  • April 17: Poetry on Tap. New Orleans Public Library has many events for National Poetry Month; this party at Algiers standby Old Point Bar features readings and inevitable drinks. 6:30 p.m.

  • April 19: Jim Bruseth. The Texas archaeologist gives a short talk based on his book La Belle: The Ship that Changed History; it's all about a 17th-century shipwreck and his efforts to excavate it. At Historic New Orleans Collection at 6 p.m.

  • April 20: Emma Fick. The local artist, known for her whimsical sketches, will sign Snippets of New Orleans at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's weekly after-hours event. 6 p.m.

  • April 23: Rad Families: A Celebration. A party at Rank & File Books toasts the release of Rad Families, a book celebrating the wide variety of family structures (LGBTQ parents, adoptive parents, mixed-race families and more) that make parenting possible. It takes a village, y'all. 5 p.m.

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