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The Reading Life: Albert Woodfox

On this week's BookMark from the Reading Life, Susan Larson revisits her 2019 interview with Albert Woodfox, author of ‘Solitary: My Story of Transformation and Hope.’ Mr. Woodfox died August 4th, at the age of 75.

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

Here in New Orleans:

The writer’s workshops at Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library continue Saturday, August 13. At 9:30 a.m., Stephen Rea, author of “Finn McCool’s Football Club,” discusses “Creating 3-D Characters.” Then, at 11 a.m., Angus Woodward, author of “Down at the End of the River,” presents “Keep Them Reading: The Key Ingredients of Compelling Stories.”

The August Poetry Buffet features Joan Barasovska, Ken Fontenot, Martha Garner, and James McDowell reading Saturday, August 13, at 2 p.m. via zoom. Check Facebook for the link.

Sunni Patterson reads from and sings her new poetry collection, “We Know This Place,” Saturday, August 13, at 3 p.m. at the Andre Cailloux Center for Performing Arts and Cultural Justice, 2541 Bayou Rd.

The Splice Poetry Series presents Henk Rossouw and Adele Elise Williams Saturday, August 13, at 6 p.m. at the Saturn Bar.

Sasha Graham discusses and signs her book, “The Magic of Tarot: Your Guide to Intuitive Readings, Rituals, and Spells” and her Dark Wood Tarot cards, Monday, August 15, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.

The NOLA Gold Room reading features Cate Root, Te Smith, Karisma Price and Daniel W. K. Lee Friday, August 19, at 8 p.m. at 6621 St. Claude Ave. Open mike to follow.

The 2022 Children’s Book Writers Festival Features three panels of local authors and takes place Saturday, August 27, at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. This event is free of charge and is open to the public. There is no registration. The picture book panel, from 9:30 to 10:45 features Karen Konnerth, author of “Calliope Kate,” Denise Walter-McConduit, author of “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Read,” and Shannon Kelley Atwater, author of “Alligators Don’t Like Flowers.” The middle grade panel, from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m., features Marti Dumas, author of “Wildseed Witch,” Laura Roach Dragon, author of “Ghostly Tales of New Orleans,” and Gary Alipio, author of “The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou.” The young adult panel, from 1-2:15 p.m., features M.H. Herlong, author of “Great Wide Sea,” and Leah Eskine, author of “CC’s Road Home,” and Laura Michaud, author of “The Ghostwriter of New Orleans.”

The Reading Life in 2010, Susan Larson was the book editor for The New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1988-2009. She has served on the boards of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library. She is the founder of the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Book Association, which presents the annual Diana Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.. In 2007, she received the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the literary community. She is also the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans. If you run into her in a local bookstore or library, she'll be happy to suggest something you should read. She thinks New Orleans is the best literary town in the world, and she reads about a book a day.