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In September, the New Orleans literary scene picks up again after a traditional summer lull. There are readings, book release parties and reader's conventions throughout the month
; here are a few highlights and picks.
Sept. 9-Oct. 21: One Book One New Orleans. YLC's literacy campaign hosts six literary events throughout the fall inspired by poet Clint Smith's book Counting Descent
. There's a prison book drive
at a brewery, panel discussion, slam poetry night and more. Visit the group's Facebook page
Sept. 14: Benjamin Morris. The Southern poet collaborated with artist Myrtle von Damitz III for Ecotone
, their new collection of poems and illustrations inspired by the coastal Louisiana landscape. A launch party
for the book is at Antenna Gallery at 7 p.m.
Sept. 15: Las Lunas Locas. Members of the California writing collective
read at an event celebrating women writers. Local poets and writers also read. There's a small suggested donation ($5) to attend. At 8 p.m. at Bar Redux.
Sept. 21: Nisi Shawl. The author of acclaimed alternate-history novel Everfair
— the Los Angeles Review of Books
said it "soars toward a feminist, Afrofuturist vision" — visits Dogfish Reading Series
. Poet Shaina Monet also reads, and an open mic follows. At 7:30 p.m. at 2448 N. Villere St.
Sept. 24: Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner. This slightly-posh-seeming function is a benefit for Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
. There are readings from Faulkner, Anne Gisleson reads from her much-buzzed-about memoir The Futilitarians
and there's music, food and drinks. Email email@example.com to get a ticket; they start at $75 for people under age 40. At 3:30 p.m. at and around Faulkner House.
Sept. 25-26: A Louder Literature: T.S. Eliot. Two nights of readings celebrate the "Waste Land" author's 129th birthday. There are readings from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
" and other poems. The festivities are at Latter Library at 6:30 p.m.