by Jeanie Riess
Tuesday, Matt Sakakeeny reads and signs his new brass band book Roll With It at Octavia Books, starting at 6 p.m.
Words and Music hosts a plethora of workshops and readings, mostly taking place in the Hotel Monteleone, starting Wednesday and continuing through the weekend. T. Geronimo Johnson, whose debut novel Hold it 'til it Hurts was a finalist for this year's PEN/Faulkner Award, will read, along with David Armand (his novel, Harlow, is set in Louisiana), Christina Sneed (Little Known Facts, set in New Orleans) and George Bishop (The Night of the Comet, also set in New Orleans). Literary all-stars Ron Rash and Moira Crone also dot the list of talents. A "Literature and Lunch" discussion on the relationship between visual, literary and musical arts will feature best-selling poet and non-fiction writer Rodger Kamenetz, President of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Michael Sartisky and Josephine Sacabo and Dalt Wonk of Luna Press.
A jazz concert, additional readings in poetry and non-fiction and master classes on subjects ranging from the novella to the memoir fill the schedule.
Meanwhile, Reading Between the Wines, the monthly reading series that pairs books with reds and whites, hosts its second event Wednesday at Pearl Wine Co. A Q&A with Poppy Tooker (of Louisiana Eats! fame), Elsa Hahne (The Gravy: In the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians) and Elizabeth Pearce (The French Quarter Drinking Companion) starts at 6 p.m. Stick around after for a Top Chef viewing party at the shop. The pop-up Indochow will serve Asian fusion fare.
On Thursday, Errol Laborde and Peggy Scott Laborde will read and sign books at Maple Street Book Shop, while guests gather for a sit-down dinner. Reserve a spot for the event (space is limited) by calling the book shop or via email. The cost of the event is the cost of Errol Laborde's Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival, published earlier this year ($35). The dinner will be a buffet and the menu is not yet decided, but Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott is pretty certain it won't be purple, green and gold to reflect the book's theme. ("Most likely pasta and salad," he says.)
Saturday at 6 p.m., witness a blindfolded chess match between Grandmaster Jesse Kraai and a local New Orleans chess junior who will be chosen from a competition that very day at Octavia Books. Kraai is in town promoting his new book, Lisa: A Chess Novel. He'll read and sign books before demonstrating his skill (Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain).