Coffee and Conversation

Join us for Coffee and Conversation every fall for a season of humanities discussions. Presentations include author interviews, book signings, Q&A sessions, and complimentary coffee.

Coffee and Conversation 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.


Join Us For Our Final Coffee And Conversation Discussion Of The Year!

Posted on December 3, 2013 in Coffee & Conversation, Enews

Join author Errol Laborde for Coffee and Conversation as he discusses Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival at the Jefferson Parish Library. The event is free and open to the public and includes a discussion, Q&A, and complimentary coffee. The event will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and take place in the meeting rooms of the East Bank Regional Library at 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. in Metairie.

7 p.m., Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Errol Laborde: Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival
From Twelfth Night to Ash Wednesday, New Orleans is transformed. Queens and fools, demons and dragons reign over the Crescent City. This book is a comprehensive history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Mardi Gras authority Errol Laborde guides readers through the trappings, tales, treasures, and traditions of Carnival. Historical images and modern photographs show the dazzling displays seen during the ephemeral season.
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Join Us for Coffee and Conversation!

Posted on August 9, 2013 in Coffee & Conversation, Enews, News

Our Coffee and Conversation series kicks off this September at the Jefferson Parish Library. This series includes local author interviews, book signings of their latest releases, Q&A sessions, and complimentary coffee.

All events are free and open to the public. They are held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and take place in the meeting rooms of the East Bank Regional Library at 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. in Metairie.

7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Michael Sartisky: A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana
A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana is a commemorative hardcover edition limited to 3,000 copies. This large-format volume encompasses 450 color pages featuring approximately 275 artists and photographers. For art collectors and enthusiasts, for followers of Louisiana history, and for keepers of Louisiana pride, this book is testimony to the state’s artistic culture.
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Coffee and Conversation: Peggy Scott Laborde and Tom Fitzmorris on “Lost Restaurants of New Orleans”

Posted on November 15, 2011 in Coffee & Conversation

Calling all nostalgic foodies! Join Peggy Scott Laborde and Tom Fitzmorris as they discuss Lost Restaurants of Orleans at the final Coffee and Conversation session of the season at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at the Jefferson Parish Library.



Coffee and Conversation: John Travis with “Something in the Water”

Posted on October 24, 2011 in Coffee & Conversation

John Travis, editor of Something in the Water: Louisiana Stories, will discuss the new short fiction anthology, consisting of 20 original stories exploring and celebrating life in the Bayou State.



Coffee and Conversation: Keith Spera plus live performance by Jeremy Davenport

Posted on October 12, 2011 in Coffee & Conversation

Keith Spera will discuss his new book Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal and the Music of New Orleans at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at the Jefferson Parish Library. Trumpeter Jeremy Davenport, one of the musicians profiled in the book, will provide a special performance for this Coffee and Conversation session.



Coffee and Conversation: Patricia Brady and “A Being So Gentle”

Posted on September 28, 2011 in Coffee & Conversation

At our C&C session, Patricia Brady will discuss her latest book, A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson, a chronicle of the founding couple’s controversial 40-year love affair amid the tumult of the American Revolution.