This week on The Reading Life: Start your summer off with some poetry, featuring former state poet laureate Peter Cooley, author of “World Without Finishing," and poet Valentine Pierce, author of “Up Decatur.”
Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:
- Susan Eaddy signs her baby book, “Poppy’s Best Babies, “Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at Octavia Books.
- The Graphic Novel Book Club discusses “Paper Girls, v. 4,” by Brian K. Vaughan and “Sandman, v. 1,” by Neil Gaiman, Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m. at Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop.
- Claire LeGrand discusses and signs “Furyborn,” the first book in her Imperium trilogy, Wednesday, June 6, at 5 p.m. at Octavia Books.
- Richard Rowley discusses and signs “Keys and Keynotes,” Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
- Romney Petite and Laurel Holden discuss and sign “The Girl Who Spoke with Spiders,” Friday, June 8, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
- The Science Fiction Book Club discusses “Fat White Vampire Blues,’ by Andrew Fox, Saturday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Octavia Books.
- Patsy Burdine appears with her dog Moe to discuss and sign her children’s books “Miracle of Moe” and “Stella & Moe’s Big Adventure,” Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
- “Poet is a Verb: How Poets Drive Change” is an open workshop for teen writers, conducted by Valentine Pierce, Saturdays at 2 p.m. at Alvar Library.
- Summer reading programs are getting underway at area libraries, and they have something to offer children, teens and adults. Check out your local branch for the latest.
Coming up later this month:
The American Library Association meets here in New Orleans June 21-26. For information, check out ala.org. Featured speakers include former First Lady Michelle Obama at the opening ceremony, actress Viola Davis at the closing ceremony, poet laureate Tracy K. Smith and poet Jose Antonio Vargas, biographer Jonathan Eig, journalist Robert Fieseler, actress Sally Field, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden with National Archivist Richard Ferreiro.