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Monday, August 7, 2017

Books roundup: Five literary events in New Orleans in August

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 3:25 PM

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August: kids are back in school (weather permitting — looking at you, #nolaflood), you've burned through all your beach reads, and it's time to start thinking about your fall reading list. Here are some events from the book scene to inspire you. There are lots of lots of highlights from notable local writers this month.

Aug. 8: John Pope. The longtime Times-Picayune obituary writer presents Getting Off at Elysian Fields, a collection of his work. At Hubbell Library in Algiers Point at 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 14: Dawn Reno Langley. The writer's novel The Mourning Parade was nominated for the prestigious National Book Award; it's set an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. She presents the book at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

Aug. 17: Michael "Quess?" Moore. The poet and activist (Take 'Em Down NOLA, BYP100 New Orleans) performs at Dogfish Reading Series, held at a residence at 2448 N. Villere St.) Musician Daiquiri Jones kicks off the evening, and there's food. 7 p.m.

Aug. 24. David Cappello. The business writer presents The People's Grocer: John G. Schweggmann, New Orleans and the Making of the Modern Retail Worlds at East Bank Regional Library. It's a biography of the supermarket chain founder and his influence. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Aug. 24. Anne Gisleson. Room 220 presents the NOCCA professor's reading of The Futilitarians, her acclaimed new memoir of "thinking, drinking, grieving and reading." There's also music. At Saturn Bar at 7 p.m.

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