Event: Words Afire

Eve Brouwer & Mignon Fahr, both members of the Northshore Literary Society and founders of Poets Alive!, have put together a program of local poets. Join them and experience the power of poetry spoken aloud.  If you need more information, you can contact the store at 985-626-8884.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Aug. 23rd)

It is my Birthday!

That said it is on to the Books, which really are my favorite subject anyway.

*Last week I published two reviews — The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace and Here  by Wislawa Szymborska

*I have been named a board member of the Northshore Literary Society. I am very excited about this. The Northshore Literary Society is a non-profit organization that strives to be a focal point for our vibrant literary community through social and educational events, supporting each others work and promoting literacy through the parish (that’s county to those of you outside Louisiana).

* I received a review copy of J. K. Beck’s When Blood Calls in the mail, so I’m going to try to finish that this week.

* Checked out and to be Read Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan Howard.

* Coming Soon: My very first Author Interview…. 5 Minutes With ( you’ll have to wait and see).

* I just found out that one of my favorite books has been optioned for a movie. While I know films regularly slaughter our most beloved titles, I believe the author diversion whatever financial boost such a boon affords and all the attention that it will draw to an amazing book: Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk.

That’s my week!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (July 26th)


Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills — this was pleasant enough audio, but I wasn’t sufficiently thrilled to pursue the second book. I’m kind of glad it’s over.

Blood Soup by Kelly A. Harmon – I really enjoyed this novella. Check out the review below.


The Wedding Singer: the Musical at Le Petit Theatre duVieux Carre which is one of it not the oldest community theater in the United States! They are getting ready to start their 95th Season.  The Wedding Singer was wonderfully cast and produced. It followed the movie closely.

Reviews Posted:

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

Blood Soup by Kelly A. Harmon

Reading Now:

I am reading too many books at one time and rather than repeat all the half-finished book from earlier weeks. I’ll just mention that I need to re-check out from the Library the eBook I was reading. The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag ceased to open (as expected) once my 14-day license expired.

Pursuing the first chapters of The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge I ran across the word myrmidons, which means a loyal follower, esp one who blindly follows orders.

Co-worker loaned me a copy of George Mann’s Ghosts of Manhattan which reminds me a lot of THE SHADOW. It seems to be picking up.

The C. J. Parker book I am reading Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance is soon to be a print book.

Books Received in the Mail:

The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley (via BookMooch) because of a great review on Things Means a Lot.

Slow Reading by John Miedema (purchased via BN.com)

Cowgirl Rising: The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles by Peg Streep (purchased via BetterWorldBooks)

The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge by Patricia Buncker (ARC from publisher via ShelfAwareness)


Does anyone belong to a Literary Society (I belong to the Northshore Literary Society) of some type? Not a book club, but an organization that promotes literacy in their community, brings in guess speakers, apply for grants to meet goals?

Our Literary Society is trying to expand and more formally organize and I’m looking for suggestions.

What are your formal goals?

What are your favorite activities?

To what to you receive the best public response?

Any other advice?

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

Wish List:

Primal Picnics: Writers Invent Creation Myths for their Favorite Foods (With Recipes) ed. by Jennifer Heath


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

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Christa Allan

A fellow member of the Northshore Literary Society, Christa Allan will be signing her debut novel Walking on Broken Glass at Barnes & Noble in Mandeville, LA on Saturday, Feb. 6th, 2010.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 28th, 2010, Christa Allan and Toni Orrill will be discussing their respective books at the Northshore Literary Society meeting at Friends restaurant in Madisonville.

Afternoon at La Provence

The Northshore Literary Society met tonight at La Provence and it was the biggest event yet. Pamela Ewen and Deb Burst, the founders of the NLS,  planned an exquisite afternoon. There where so many new faces that I believe that people got use to introducing themselves and continued to do so even to people they knew. The wine flowed until it ran out and the waiters circulate with hors d’oeuvres they couldn’t quite name.

The guest speakers Elizabeth Moore and Alice Couvillon we’re delightful. They were funny and entertaining as they explained how they began writing together.  I love the part where they revealed how they found their publisher by working their way through the phone book.  Moore and Couvillon also told us about upcoming projects, one about the largest Indian mounds in the Western Hemisphere and one about Spanish fairy tales.

Also in attendance was Lynda Deniger who’s children’s book Salty Seas & His Heroic Friends has just been publish. I have been watching this book since its manuscript stage and it is simply beautiful in its finished form.

Ewen and Burst are moving the Society towards having paid memberships. The membership cost for the year is $25.oo and the money will go toward the cost of putting on the Sunday Events. Please check out the website http://www.northshoreliterarysociety.com for more information or ways to contact the founders. The Northshore Literary Society is the area foremost literary organization working to bring readers and writers together.

Louisiana Children’s Authors

Educator Event @ Barnes & Noble in Mandeville, LA — Children’s author and musician Johnette Downing will be talking to teachers and signing her books, Wed. October  14th at  7:00pm.  It is part of their Educator Appreciation Week, so tell your teacher friends!

Johnette Downing has so many great books. Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud, Chef Creole, My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane, Down in Louisiana, and Today is Monday in Louisiana.

Also, Northshore Literary Society members, don’t forget that Alice Couvillon and Elizabeth Moore will be speaking at La Provence Restaurant in Lacombe, La on October 11.

Northshore Literary Society — October 11th

Sunday, October 11th the Northshore Literary Society will hold their get together at La Provence Restaurant in Lacombe, LA from 4 pm — 6 pm. They ask for a $10 donation at the door to help cover the costs. The guest speakers will be local children’s book authors Alice Couvillon and Elizabeth Moore. Their titles include Evangeline for Children, Mimi and Jean-Paul’s Cajun Mardi Gras, Mimi’s First Mardi Gras, and Louisiana Indian Tales.

Come and join the fun. There will be hors d’œuvre and wine, authors and conversation, plus a cash bar.