You’re invited to meet the authors of A Louisiana Christmas to Remember, a book including three heartwarming, interconnected stories of faith, love, and restoration brought to you by three Louisiana-native authors. Will a rare snowy Louisiana Christmas bring hope to the hometown and hearts of three women from the town’s founding family? Join Morgan Tarpley Smith, Betsy St. Amant, and Lenora Worth at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, December 2 at 10 a.m. as they discuss their stories: A Louisiana Snow, Restoring Christmas, and A Christmas Reunion. Learn about their individual journeys as authors and how this one book of three stories came together.
Thursday, November 30 at 2 pm -Bestselling and award-winning author, Naomi Alderman will join us to talk about her new book, The Future. This new novel delivers a dazzling tour de force where a handful of friends plot a daring heist to save the world from the tech giants whose greed threatens life as we know it. By turns thrilling, hilarious, tender, and always piercingly brilliant, The Future unfolds at a breakneck speed, highlighting how power corrupts the few who have it and what it means to stand up to them. The future is coming. The Future is here. What are
you waiting for? Register now!
Thursday, November 16 at 3 PM – United States Poet Laureate and winner of the 2022 Academy of American Poets Leadership Award, Joy Harjo, joins us for a chat about her most recent memoir, Catching the Light, and to discuss her rewarding lifetime as a writer and poet. In Catching the Light, Harjo examines the power of words and how poetry summons us toward justice and healing. In this lyrical meditation about the why of writing poetry, Harjo reflects on significant points of illumination, experience, and questioning from her fifty years as a poet. Harjo insists the most meaningful poetry is birthed through cracks in history from what is broken and unseen.
Do you speak or read Spanish? Perhaps you’re looking for a fun way to speak Spanish with others? If you also love reading and discussing books with others, then we have just the group for you! Join us for a club centered around reading books in Spanish! Adults can come to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15 as we discuss Diarios de Motocicleta by Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Copies are available on Libby, the library reading app. For more information, call 763-2250.
In 1983, in Mamou, Louisiana, local businessman and community leader Aubrey LaHaye was mysteriously kidnapped from his home and murdered. Forty years later, his great-granddaughter, Jordan told in her forthcoming book, Home of the Happy: A Murder on the Cajun Prairie. She will talk about her experience interviewing family and community members, and the many theories that have emerged around how and why this tragedy took place ranging from the Cajun Mafia, to a hit job, to just a random act of violence. Jordan is the Managing Editor of Country Roads Magazine and a co-host of their podcast, Detours. Come meet Jordan and hear this extraordinary story at the Main Library at Goodwood on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. as part of the Library’s Special Collections Series.
Thursday, November 9 at 1 p.m. – We all want to live within our means, save for retirement, invest a little, and yet still have some left over each month for fun. But as most people know, real life can get in the way of even our best intentions! To help us set realistic goals and keep us on track to meeting them, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche has an invaluable 10-step action plan: Made Whole. With her signature down-to-earth style, her new workbook offers worksheets,
checklists, clear explanations of intimidating financial terminology, simple instruction on calculating our present situation and future needs, and handy hacks for increasing your credit score, making savings “hard to access,” and finding support to stay on track to your goals.
Wednesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. Join us for an intimate conversation with Full House star, John Stamos, as he leads us through his incredibly moving and vulnerable memoir, If You Would Have Told Me. A universal story about friendship, love, loss, and the courage to embrace love once more, John Stamos’s memories is filled with some of the most memorable names in Hollywood, both old and new. Funny, deeply poignant, and brutally honest, If You Would Have Told Me is a portrait of a boy who went from believing in Disney magic to a man who learns that we have to create our own magical moments in life.
The magical world of ANBORAN was born when Ronnie Anderson Jr., a laboratory scientist and father of three girls, realized he could not find fairytales featuring people of color to read to his three young daughters. So he decided to write his own! Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, October 28, 2-4 p.m. for The Community Affair to hear Anderson’s newest book Chandeliea, learn the story behind ANBORAN, and meet the author.
Door prizes will be given away, and the first 100 attendees to register will receive a free book, signed by the author! Anderson’s ANBORAN stories, including Chandeliea, Changing Beautiful, The Candlemaker and the Moon, Restoring Joy, The Hairless Bear, and Everla and the Stone Prince, are available at Barnes and Noble. This event is sponsored by Baton Rouge community leaders and Entergy. Registration is required. View on the calendar and register here or directly register here.
Join Author Margeaux Weston at the Zachary Branch on Saturday, October 28 at 3 p.m. for the debut of Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X: The Fatal Friendship. Her new book is a young readers’ adaptation of Blood Brothers, an adult nonfiction title and inspiration for the Netflix biopic of the same name. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Join author Emma Bland Smith as she reads her picture book, Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator (winner of the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award) at the Main Library at Goodwood on Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m. Emma will show photos of the real Claude, share behind-the-scenes stories, and answer questions.