Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in May



It's that time of year when everything slows down a bit. School lets out, the punishing schedule of Official New Orleans Holidays winds to its Festian conclusion and everyone starts to move just a tiny bit less.

If you, too, are slowing down, park yourself — with a hand fan, of course — at one of this month's readings and book events. Our picks for May are below.

  • May 11: Pantsuit Nation book release. Local contributors take part in a launch party and community action night for the book inspired by a not-so-secret Facebook group of Hillary Clinton supporters. At Garden District Book Shop at 7:30 p.m.

  • May 13: Independent Bookstore Day. New Orleans postpones its annual celebration of independent bookstores until after Jazz Fest; we haven't heard many specifics but there generally are events at shops around the city including Octavia Books, Maple Street Book Shop, Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop and others.

  • May 14: I'm with Mother Earth. To coincide with the Wetlands Art Tour, Antenna Gallery hosts a poetry reading featuring Jessica Mashael Bordelon, Margie Vicknair-Pray, Nikki Byrd, Valentine Pierce, Geoff Munsterman and Dennis Formento. There's also an open mic. 3 p.m.

  • May 17: Omar El Akkad. El Akkad is getting a lot of attention for his dystopian debut novel American War. It imagines a second Civil War that takes place in 2074 and supposedly is very timely in its discussions of refugees. He reads at Garden District Book Shop at 6 p.m.

  • May 21: National Readathon Day. American Library Association and Penguin Random House sponsor the day meant to encourage, you guessed it, reading. There's a party at Faulkner House featuring refreshments and readings by local authors including James Nolan and Brenda McClain to celebrate; RSVP to to attend. 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • May 25: John T. Edge. The food writer is in conversation with Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson about his new book The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South; it's a social history demonstrating the rise and import of working-class Southern food traditions. At Garden District Book Shop at 6 p.m.

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