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Monday, January 8, 2018

Books roundup: Five literary events in New Orleans in January

Posted By on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM


Happy (slightly belated) New Year, New Orleans book lovers.

If you're looking for something to read in 2018 — maybe a nice novel, or biography, or literally any other way to stop biting your nails as you scan Trumplandia push alerts? — we have a handful of readings and literary events to check out throughout the month.
  • Jan. 9: Nathaniel Rich. The author's locally-set novel King Zeno concerns the birth of jazz, Storyville and an ax murderer-about-town in 1918. He's in conversation with Katy Simpson Smith at Garden District Book Shop at 6 p.m.

  • Jan. 11: Jason Berry. The prolific investigative reporter, cultural historian and documentary producer discusses City of a Million Dreams, his forthcoming New Orleans history that "follows burial traditions as a mirror on the city’s evolution," according to a press release. His talk begins at 6 p.m. at New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint.

  • Jan. 11 and Jan. 13: Peter J. Marina. Gambit chatted with the sociologist about his new book Down and Out in New Orleans: Transgressive Living in the Informal Economy. Hear more about his summer with squatters and street performers at Octavia Books 6 p.m. Thursday and Barnes & Noble in Metairie at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

  • Jan. 25: Marthe Cohn. Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of A French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany is the author's account of working for French intelligence services during World War II. The 96-year-old (wow!) signs her book at the National World War II Museum for International Holocaust Remembrance Day at 5 p.m.

  • Jan. 30: It Occurs to Me That I Am America. Award-winning fiction writers consider the idea of democracy in the short stories in this anthology, which also features work from renowned cartoonists including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast and others. Contributor Tom Piazza is in conversation with Jonathan Santlofer about the collection at Octavia Books at 6 p.m.

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