This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Danielle Del Sol and Susan Langenhennig of the Preservation Resource Center about their gorgeous new book, “Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans.” We’ll also hear from Miki Pfeffer, editor of “A New Orleans Author in Mark Twain’s Court: Letters from Grace King’s New England Sojourns.” Megan Holt joins us to preview Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, coming up November 21-24.
Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week
Here in New Orleans:
- The Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 West Esplanade, Metairie, hosts a National Novel Writing Month events November 12, 19, and Monday, November 25 from 5-8:30 p.m. National Novel Writing Month is an annual event that encourages writers to work towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.
- Florence M. Jumonville discusses and signs her book, “Spreading the Gospel of Books: Essae Culver and the Genesis of Louisiana Parish Libraries,” Tuesday, November 12, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Books.
- Rachel Kushner, author of “The Mars Room,” “The Flamethrowers,” and “Telex from Cuba,” reads from her work, Tuesday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Building, Tulane University.
- Miki Pfeffer discusses and signs “A New Orleans Author in Mark Twain’s Court Letters from Grace King’s New England Sojourns,” Wednesday, November 13, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books.
- The Garden District Book Club discusses “Pachinko,’ by Min Jin Lee, Wednesday, November 13 at 6 at Garden District Book Shop.
- Suzanne Stone discusses and signs “New Orleans Coffee: A Rich History,” Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
- Richard Colton discusses and signs his book, “No More, No Less: An Artful Cancer Journey. A Remarkable Community. A Rediscovered Purpose,” Thursday, November 14, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Books.
- Dogfish presents Jami Attenberg and Rodger Kamenetz reading from their work, Thursday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at 2448 N. Villere.
- Anne Babson debuts her new poetry collection, “Messiah,” Friday, November 15, at 6:30 at L’Union Francaise, 4522 Prytania St.
- Sisters in Crime New Orleans presents "The Mystery of the Criminal Mind," Saturday, November 16 from 8:30-5 p.m. at the Airport Holiday Inn, 2261 Causeway, in Metairie. The keynote speaker is Hank Phillippi Ryan; other speakers include Jean Redmann, Erica Spindler, O'Neil De Noux, and B.J. Bourg. For fees and registration info, check out the Sisters in Crime: New Orleans Facebook page.
- The Octavia Books Book Club discusses Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon,” Saturday, November 16, at 10 a.m. at Octavia Books.
- Susan Langenhennig, John Pope & Chris Granger discuss and sign their book, “Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans,” Saturday, November 16, from 1-3 at Garden District Book Shop.
- And coming up this month is Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, November 21-24, at the Ace Hotel and other locations around town. The theme this year is “Mapping Change.” More details at wordsandmusic.org.