The Reading Life: Bob Mann
Susan Larson talks with Bob Mann about his new book, “Backrooms and Bayous: My Life in Louisiana Politics.”
Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week
And just a reminder: with evolving COVID restrictions, best to check with venues before attending in-person events, and be sure to mask up.
The Octavia Books Book Club is discussing Jodi Picoult's “Small Great Things,” Saturday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Bob Mann discusses and signs “Backrooms and Bayous: My Life in Louisiana Politics,” Saturday, August 21, from 11-1 at Barnes & Noble in Metairie, and again Saturday, August 28, from noon -2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Harvey.
Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop is sponsoring a virtual Romance Day August 21 and 22. There will be a virtual book fair and a panel featuring Sharon Lynn Fisher (“The Warrior Poet”), Everina Maxwell (“Winter’s Orbit”), Jessie Mihalik (“Chaos Reigning”), and Elizabeth Lim (Six Crimson Cranes), Sunday, August 22 at 1 p.m. Register at tubbyandcoos.com to attend.
L.F. Ranner discusses and signs her novel, “Sailing to Byzantium,” Sunday, August 22, at 3 p.m. at Octavia Books.
Bruce Spizer, a New Orleans lawyer and internationally recognized expert on The Beatles, will discuss the fourth book in his Beatles album series, The Beatles Finally Let It Be, at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 23, via video conference online. Visit jplibrary.net/adults for more details, including how to join the discussion.
Merissa Nathan Gerson discusses and sings her memoir. “Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving,” Tuesday, August 24 from 6 to 7 p.m, at the Broad Theater. Please pre-order books at Octavia Books.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses and signs “The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You,” Tuesday, August 24, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books, and again Tuesday, August 31 at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
James Lee Burke appears in a virtual conversation with Colette Bancroft to discuss "Another Kind of Eden," Thursday, August 26, at 6, sponsored by Garden District Book Shop. Go to gardendistrictbookshop.com for tickets.
Jonathan Santlofer discusses his book, “The Last Mona Lisa,” with Tom Piazza, Thursday, August 26, at 6 at Octavia Books.
And congratulations to Mona Lisa Saloy, the new Louisiana State Poet Laureate. Her first book, Red Beans & Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Her second book is Second Line Home. Mona Lisa is a New Orleans native, an author, folklorist and educator who teaches at Dillard University.