Books roundup: Seven literary events in New Orleans in November



We've arrived at November, where a veritable cornucopia of literary events appears on New Orleans' pre-Thanksgiving calendar. On deck: a storied journalist talking about the rise of Fake News, a book fest with music and fireworks and Chilean literary notable Isabel Allende.

Our picks and highlights for the month are below.

Nov. 8: Bob Schieffer and H. Andrew Schwartz. The former Face the Nation host and the communications professional discuss Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News, their exploration of the changing face of contemporary media. It's at Tulane University's Rogers Memorial Chapel at 6 p.m.

Nov. 9: Joel Dinerstein. Dinerstein's book The Origins of Cool in Postwar America discusses what figures like Billie Holiday, Albert Camus and Miles Davis have in common and traces links between African-American and European-American culture. He's in conversation with local author Maurice Carlos Ruffin at Garden District Book Shop at 6 p.m.

Nov. 11: New Orleans Book Festival. This family-friendly festival is a kickoff party for the city's tricentennial celebration. There are readings and activities for all ages during the day, and a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and fireworks begins at 5:30 p.m. At City Park's Big Lake at 1 p.m.

Nov. 14-15: UNO Library Used Book Sale Fundraiser. Thousands of books are sold at the two-day fundraiser for University of New Orleans' library. You can pay $5 to get in early from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday; otherwise admission is free. The sale takes place on the UNO library's fourth floor from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Nov. 16: Clayton Delery. The author hosts a book signing for Out for Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice. It's his account of a 1958 anti-gay hate crime. The signing is at Cafe Lafitte in Exile at 7 p.m.

Nov. 16: Eileen Myles. Room 220 hosts the author and Guggenheim fellow at a launch party for Afterglow (a dog memoir), Myles' new book and meditation on pet-owner dynamics, recovery, poetry and more. At Saturn Bar at 8 p.m.

Nov. 17: Isabel Allende. The best-selling author talks about her new novel In the Midst of Winter with Anne Gisleson. The book touches on immigration and human rights issues. You must buy an advance ticket ($30.80, which includes a copy of the book) to attend. Garden District Book Shop hosts the event at Academy of the Sacred Heart at 7 p.m.

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