Happy holidays, y'all! We've (mercifully) arrived at the end of the year, and though 2017 certainly left much to be desired, that shouldn't get in the way of a little celebrating with your nearest and dearest book-loving friends.
Here are some picks and best bets among several interesting parties, readings and other events throughout the month. As always, BYO 'nog.
Dec. 6: Liza Mundy
. The journalist presents her book Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Codebreakers of World War II
, a meticulously researched account of women codebreakers who took a vow of secrecy, thus shrouding their work. At 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
Dec. 9: New Orleans Bookfair
. The 15th annual book fair retains its alt vibe, with panels, readings, book sales and more from a variety of independent authors, zinemakers, publishers and artists. Kids are welcome at the event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clouet Gardens.
Dec. 12: George Washington Carver High School Reading and Conversation
. Carver 11th grade students published History Between These Folds
, a book of short essays about New Orleans life, in spring. They'll read from the book and discuss it with author Kiese Laymon in an event hosted by Big Class. At 6:30 p.m. in the Carver High School
Dec. 14: Dogfish Holiday Party
. The founders of this reading series are the featured readers at this annual holiday shindig. Jessica Kinnison, Taylor Murrow, Cate Root and Alex Jennings all take the mic, and there's usually great food. 7 p.m. at 2448 N. Villere St.
Dec. 17: Harry Potter
Yule Festival. The inaugural festival is designed to introduce kids to library services via Harry Potter
-related activities such as face painting and scavenger hunts; there also are teen- and adult-friendly crafts and treats. Costumes are encouraged at Metairie's East Bank Regional Library
from 1 p.m. to 4p.m.
Dec. 21: The Waves
. The periodic LGBTQ reading series returns to a St. Claude Avenue gallery space for readings by Andrea Abi-Karam, Alyn Mare and others. At Antenna at 7 p.m.