Adults can come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, for a special Authors After Hours event featuring New York Times Best-Selling author Sarah M. Broom, and celebrated author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.
Sarah M. Broom is the author of the 2019 National Book Award Winner and instant New York Times bestseller The Yellow House, a brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir about the relentless pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.
Sexton’s The Revisioners is set in 1925 and follows Josephine who is the proud owner of a thriving farm after freeing herself from slavery. Her uneasy friendship with her white female neighbor Charlotte is jeopardized by Charlotte’s connection with the Ku Klux Klan.
For more information, call (225) 231-3750.
As part of the One Book One Community celebration of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, authors Diana Rowland, Em Shotwell, Eden Butler and Cherie Claire will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, to present a panel for adults on how they’ve used the south’s rich storytelling history to craft books involving magic, monsters and more! From folklore, to local legend, to modern creations, we celebrate a history that is ripe for creating tales to give readers chills. Be sure to bring all your burning questions!
Learn more about the participating authors here:
Don’t forget to check out all the One Book, One Community events still happening this year!
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is proud to present author and illustrator Brian Floca as the featured speaker for the 41st Annual Author-Illustrator Program, which will be held Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, at the Main Library at Goodwood, located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Brian Floca is the author/illustrator and illustrator of numerous award-winning books for children, including Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of the Year selection and a New York Times bestseller; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Sibert Honor Book, New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of the Year selection and Society of Illustrators silver medal winner; Lightship, a Sibert Honor Book and a Booklist “Top of the List” picture book; and The Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice.
Adults, teens and children are invited to attend the FREE Thursday evening program on October 11. Then on Friday, October 12, Floca will present a program for teachers, librarians, writers, parents and lovers of children’s and young adult literature. The registration fee for this event is $25 for adults and $10 for students with a valid school I.D. Both events will include a book sale and autograph session. You can find registration information online, or by calling the Children’s Department at (225) 231-3760.
The Author-Illustrator Program affords an excellent opportunity to hear “the story behind the story” from prominent writers and illustrators of literature for children and young adults. Some notable names in the field of literature who have been featured during these annual programs have included: Rosemary Wells, Gene Yang, David Adler, Katherine Paterson, Linda Sue Park, Avi, Jack Gantos, Patricia and Fred McKissack, and Richard Peck.
Come and meet local Louisiana published authors. Writers will be in attendance to discuss their works and sign their books. Many new authors participate in this program; these new talents may be tomorrow’s best-selling authors!
This program is held at the Jones Creek Library on Saturday, April 21st, from 2-5 PM. It is free, and registration is not required. For more information please call the Jones Creek Branch at (225) 756-1140.
Author Randall Ladnier will be at the Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, to discuss his book The Brides of La Baleine. The book covers the history of 88 young French women who volunteered to come to the Louisiana colony in 1720 to become brides for the soldiers and settlers here.
The young women were transported on a ship named La Baleine, and they arrived in Biloxi in January 1721. Many of them married and had large families, with thousands of their descendants still living in the Gulf Coast states (including Louisiana!). For instance, one young woman named Catherine Melier married Pierre Prudhomme in 1724, and now their family line consists of more than 700 different surnames! Ladnier himself is a direct descendant of a bride named Marie Angelique Girard.
Adults are invited to this free event hosted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Department. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Mark your calendar now! Bestselling author and novelist Elizabeth Berg will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, for the Authors After Hours program!
Warm without being sentimental, optimistic without being cloying, and eminently readable, Berg has written 21 novels, three short story collections and two nonfiction books, many of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Three of her novels were television movies and she also has been honored with the NEBA Award for her body of work. Other awards received by Berg include Oprah’s Book Club Selection for Open House, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Best Books for Young Adults Award for Joy School, the AMC Cancer Research Center’s Illuminator Award for Talk Before Sleep and the ALA Best Books of the Year Award for Durable Goods.
Claudia Gray, the author of YA series like Spellcaster, Evernight, and Firebird, and Star Wars novels Bloodline and Star Wars: Lost Stars, will be at the Main Library on July 18th from 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Books will be available for sale at the program, and the author will sign them after the Q&A. If you want to get a refresher on your favorite characters and plot points before she speaks, check them out!
Everyone loves a good period piece now and then. When it’s Jane Austen and happy endings are basically guaranteed, all the better. The latest Jane Austen-based film, Love & Friendship, is taken from one of her earliest novels: Lady Susan.
It’s been blisteringly well-reviewed. But it’s definitely not the only Jane Austen work to make a very entertaining film. Check out these other Jane Austen remakes from a library branch near you!
- Emma. Maybe you like Gwyneth Paltrow? No? How about the guy who grows up to be Elementary‘s Sherlock Holmes? What about a modern take? (As if!)
- Pride and Prejudice. Obviously if we listed out all of them, we’d be here all day, but here are a few: Colin Firth in a pond! Colin Firth in a succession of terrible sweaters and, eventually, a sense of humor! President Snow as Keira Knightley’s dad! Set in India! Set in some kind of weird time travel-y/interdimensional space! With zombies! On YouTube! (That last link is to the books; if you like them, you should check it out online.) IN SPAAAAAAAACE, probably, soon. (She’s a child of Martian terraformers! His parents founded the lunar colony! They meet at a fundraising gala to send a mission to Europa! Call us, Hollywood.)
- Sense and Sensibility. Look, okay, if you haven’t seen the one that Emma Thompson wrote and Ang Lee directed that’s basically two hours of Emma Thompson being better than everyone, don’t even bother reading the rest of this list: you are behind; you need to catch up. Once you’ve come back, click here to check out all the remakes and updates and whatever else you might possibly need.
- All of Jane Austen is deserving of love and affection, but sadly, not all of her works have been given the level of attention they truly deserve. Which is a quick way of saying Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion are kind of on their own. They’re definitely worth seeing!
Whether you’ve never seen a Jane Austen movie in your life or you’ve watched the part where Colin Firth climbs out of the pond so many times that your DVD skips, there’s something here for everyone. Get started today!