The Reading Life: Robert Olen Butler
Susan Larson talks with Robert Olen Butler, whose new novel is “Late City.”
Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week
In New Orleans:
And just a reminder: with evolving COVID restrictions, best to check with venues before attending in-person events, and be sure to mask up.
Laura Murphy discusses her new book “Freedomville: The Story of a 21st Century Slave Revolt,” Friday, September 17 at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
The Octavia Books Book Club discusses “Station Eleven,” by Emily St. John Mandel, Saturday, September 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Octavia Books.
The Dickens Fellowship of New Orleans will begin its reading of "Barnaby Rudge," by Charles Dickens, chapters 1-12, Saturday, September 18, at 2 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Jefferson Parish Library presents three local children’s authors – Abigail Isaacoff, , author of “Que Vola, Nola?” (What’s Up, Nola?), Kat Pigott, author of “Rougarou Stew,” and Leslie Staub, author of “If You Were an Elephant." They will discuss their new books at noon., Monday, Sept. 20, via video conference online. Visit jplibrary.net/adults for more details.
Robert Olen Butler discusses “Late City,” Thursday, September 23⋅at 6 p.m. in a virtual presentation from Octavia Books. Go to octaviabooks.com for info.
Coming up: Jefferson Parish Library presents Judy Cooper discussing “Dancing in the Streets: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs of New Orleans,” Monday, September 27, at 6 p.m. via video conference online. Visit jplibrary.net/adults for more details.
Rick Bragg talks about his new memoir, “The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People,” Thursday, September 30 at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop. Go to gardendistrictbookshop.com for info.
The latest change due to COVID-era restrictions comes with the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, which has rescheduled from October to March 10-12, 2022.
The Louisiana Book Festival will offer virtual events this year.
New Orleans Public Library locations opened Monday, September 13, after Hurricane Ida. Due to facilities maintenance, Alvar Library will only be open for contactless pick-up & drop-off on Mondays - Thursdays from 10am - 6pm and Fridays & Saturdays from 10am - 5p.m. The Mid-City and Nix Libraries are temporarily closed.
Jefferson Parish Public Library is also open now, with the Grand Isle and Lafitte branches closed.