Join us at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon, Metairie, for Louisiana Literati: Celebrating Our Literary Heritage. Every fall we join the library for a season of humanities discussions and presentations including author interviews, book signings, and Q&A sessions.
Louisiana Literati is produced by the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in collaboration with the Jefferson Parish Library and is sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Books by participating authors are made available by the Friends of Jefferson Public Library and are for sale during the programs.
7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
Yuri Herrara, The Transmigration of Bodies:
A plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with blood on their hands need our hard-boiled hero, The Redeemer, to broker peace. Both his instincts and the vacant streets warn him to stay indoors, but The Redeemer ventures out into the city’s underbelly to arrange for the exchange of the bodies they hold hostage.
Michael Allen Zell, Run, Baby, Run:
Criminologist Bobby Delery has just returned to New Orleans after decades away, and NOPD is begging for his help to find almost a million dollars stolen from a French Quarter club. He’s only one of many after the money.
7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
Liz Williams, Lift Your Spirits
Williams says that the Sazerac, the Hurricane, and the absinthe glass of Herbsaint are among the many well-known creations native to New Orleans’ longstanding drinking culture. But more than vehicles for alcohol, the cocktails and spirits that complement the city’s culinary prowess are each a token of its history.
7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
Rien Fertel, The One True Barbecue
Fertel chronicles the uniquely Southern art of whole hog barbecue—America’s original barbecue—through the professional pitmasters who make a living firing, smoking, flipping, and cooking 200-plus pound pigs.
7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Peggy Scott Laborde, The Fair Grounds Through the Lens
Based on the documentary on the subject, this book includes archival photographs, contemporary images and interviews with those who have helped shape the Fair Grounds into the venue it is today. It offers a look at the often tumultuous journey of one of America’s oldest and most esteemed racetracks.
7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, 2016
Frank Perez, My Gay New Orleans
While creating the anthology, Perez asked locals and visitors alike to answer the question: What does “gay New Orleans” mean to you? He says the essays collected here are, in effect, love letters to a city. The common thread that runs through all of these reminiscences is a deep and abiding sense of place and an even deeper connection to that place.