Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in June


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In book scene news this month, we bid a sad farewell to Uptown mainstay Maple Street Book Shop. It's a tough world out there for independent booksellers, who are faced with competition from behemoths like Amazon (which, in a move that adds insult to injury, opened its own brick-and-mortar bookstores recently).

Such developments are all the more reason to support your local book shops, and the writers who hang around them. Some June picks for literary events are below.
  • June 2-4: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Symphony Book Fair. The orchestra hosts an annual fundraising sale at UNO Lakefront Arena of gently used books; they're mostly priced from .75 to $9. Sunday features a kids' book sale. The sale opens at 9 a.m. Friday-Sunday.

  • June 8: Burn Black zine and Tenderspeck workshop. The inclusive zine about trauma and healing hosts a workshop with some local speakers. Coatlin Keezley and Gambit contributor Jules Bentley's talk is "Throwing Trashcans at Peace Police," and Seth Fountain speaks on DIY printing. It's at Rank & File Books at 6 p.m.

  • June 8: Barcation. New Orleans Public Library hosts many events for both kids and grown-ups all summer. At this reading and open mic, local writers read stories and poems about vacations ... and hanging out in bars, which can feel like a vacation if you stay long enough. At BJ's Lounge in Bywater at 7 p.m.

  • June 10: Michael "Quess?" Moore. The poet and activist reads from his book Sleeper Cell, and there's a workshop and discussion of organizing, microaggressions and identity politics. At Crescent City Books at 2 p.m.

  • June 22: Laura Mullen. The prolific poet and LSU prof reads at Dogfish Reading Series (2448 N. Villere St.). Her work is known for radical experimentation with style and genre. Tiana Nobile also reads at 7 p.m.

  • June 24: Mystery Readers/Writers Literary Festival. This annual fest at East Bank Regional Library in Metairie features panels with mystery writers including Erica Spindler, Jeff Blue and Jon McCarty. Bill Loehfelm leads a master class on pacing for suspense writers. The fest is free to attend. 9:30 a.m.


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