This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Louis Maistros, author of “The Sound of Building Coffins,” who has just published a revised, expanded version of this book. Poet Melinda Palacio talks about what went into her most recent collection, “Bird Forgiveness.”
Audio extra: Melinda Palacio read's poem, How to Wash a Duck from “Bird Forgiveness”
July 15 calendar
- Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:
- Lexi Ostrow signs “A Heavenly Kind of Love,” Sunday, July 15, at 2 at Garden District Book Shop.
- Bill Loehfelm signs the paperback of “The Devil’s Muse” and William Boyle signs “The Lonely Witness,” Monday, July 16, at 6 at Garden District Book Shop.
- Louis Maistros discusses and signs “The Sound of Building Coffins,” Thursday, July 19, at 6 at Octavia Books.
- The Dogfish Reading Series presents poet Jerika Marchan and novelist Nathaniel Rich, Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at 2448 N. Villere.
- Judith Bonner and Thomas Bonner Jr. discuss their new edition of “Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles,” Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
- The Octavia Books Book Club discusses “Nobody’s Fool,” by Richard Russo, Saturday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Octavia Books.
- Kim Vaz DeVille celebrates the release of “Walking Raddy: The Baby Dolls of New Orleans,” Sunday July 22, at 2 p.m. at the Xavier University Administration Building.
- Not-So-YA Book Club discusses “Children of Blood and Bone,” by Tomi Adeyemi, Monday, July 23, at 6 at Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, 631 N. Carrollton Ave.
- Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle discuss and sign “Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy, Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m.at Garden District Book Shop.
- Melinda Palacio signs her poetry collection, “Bird Forgiveness,” Wednesday, July 25, at 6 at Octavia Books.
- And coming up August 4 at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie: The Tricentennial Literary Festival! Save the date! Speakers include Patricia Brady, Emily Toth, Cynthia Lejeune Nobles, and Susan Larson. It all starts at 9:30 a.m.
- Don’t forget, the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library continue their book sales all summer. You can visit Algiers Regional Library Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Latter Library Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10-2 in the carriage house, or at the Palmer Arts Market the last Saturday of each month from 10-4.