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The Reading Life: Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Susan Larson talks with Maurice Carlos Ruffin about his story collection, “The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love you.”

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week

Here in New Orleans:

The Jefferson Parish Library’s Comic Con, a comic book mini-convention that focuses on superheroes and comic book culture for kids and teens, scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the East Bank Regional Library, has been cancelled due to COVID concerns.

Free Comic Book Day is being celebrated Aug. 14 at the New Orleans Public Library. Starting at 10 a.m., visit any library location for a free comic book supplied by Crescent City Comics. While you’re there, sign up to participate in a raffle to win an additional giveaway. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis..

The Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club is discussing Sarah Pinsker's “Song for a New Day,” Saturday, August 14 at 10:30

Blue Cypress Books will host the Lucky Bean Poetry Reading on Monday, August 16th from 6-8 p.m.

Farrah Rochon appears in conversation with Marti Dumas to discuss her new novel, “The Dating Playbook,” the second in The Boyfriend Project” series, Tuesday, August 17 at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses and signs The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, Tuesday, August 17, at 6 p.m. at Community Book Center on Bayou Road, and again Tuesday, August 24, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books, and again Tuesday, August 31 at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.

And news from Baton Rouge:

The Louisiana Book Festival, scheduled for October 30 at the State Capital complex, has been cancelled due to COVID concerns.