November Is NaNoWriMo

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November is National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo! It’s a national event that encourages participants to work towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. “Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.”

It’s free to register on the NaNoWriMo website and you can track your writing progress, chat with other writers, and find out more about local writing sessions and parties. Join hundreds of thousands of writers across the country in this fun event.

Did you know? Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.

Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood for write-in sessions on the following days:

Tuesday, November 4: 7-9:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 13: 7-9:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 16: 3-6 p.m.
Thursday, November 20: 7-9:30 p.m.

We’ll meet in Conference Room 102 on the first floor.

There are two write-ins scheduled at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library: Monday, November 3, at 7 p.m. and Monday, November 17, at 7 p.m.

The Writers Club at the Eden Park Branch Library is also having a write-in on Saturday, November 15, at 3:30 p.m.

EBRPL also offers a wealth of resources for aspiring writers. Check out our Writers InfoGuide for details, including information on the self-publishing platform FastPencil and Gale Courses that offer writing classes, all free with your library card.

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Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

Louisiana Book Festival 2014

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The 2014 Louisiana Book Festival is this Saturday, November 1, from 10-5, in downtown Baton Rouge at the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, the Capitol Park Museum, and nearby locations.

Whether you’re young or old, just can’t get enough of poetry or love to cook up some great Louisiana dishes, this national award-winning event has something for every book lover.

The Louisiana Book Festival is your chance to meet exceptional writers while enjoying book-related activities and presentations. Don’t forget to stop by our Library tent as we unveil our 2015 One Book, One Community selection.

Zodiac Killer Author Event

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Local author Gary Stewart will discuss his most recent book, The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer, at a free event on Wednesday, October 29, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood.

The book, co-written with Susan Mustafa, traces Stewart’s search for his birth father. Abandoned by his father as a baby in an apartment building in Baton Rouge, his birth parents were arrested and Stewart was adopted by a couple. After his birth mother contacted him years later, Stewart began searching for his birth father, Earl Van Best, Jr., and his search led him to believe Best was the so-called Zodiac Killer, the northern California serial killer of the 1960s, an unsolved case to this day.

Please note: The October issue of The Source incorrectly lists the True Crime Book Club as a separate meeting. The True Crime Book Club will attend this author event in lieu of a book discussion this month. The club will resume regular meetings next month with a discussion of Green River Running Red by Ann Rule on Wednesday, November 19.

Book Review: Madam

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Madam: A Novel of New Orleans by Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin. Reviewed by Louise Hilton. 

Madam is set in 1897 New Orleans and centered around Mary Deubler, a prostitute in Venus Alley, a seedy area of the city that would soon be formally incorporated as the official red-light district known as Storyville. Mary is a well-developed character, perhaps due in part to the fact that she is based on the real-life Josie Arlington, one of the future Storyville’s most infamous madams.

We follow her trajectory from her time as Mary, the impoverished streetwalker with dreams for a better life for herself and her family to her reemergence as Josie, the refined and glamorous doyenne of one of the city’s so-called “sporting establishments”. The authors certainly capture the raucous environment of the Big Easy, replete with salacious details of the seedy underworld scene, licentious politicians, and cameos from colorful notables including Louis Armstrong and “Jelly Roll” Morton.

Having grown up in Louisiana, I had a few quibbles with some of the setting details: jambalaya does not have beans in it as the authors mention in one scene; it’s a café au lait that they serve at Café du Monde, not a “coffee au laits”; and we call them crawfish down here, never crayfish. Shudder. Overall though, Madam is an entertaining read.

NB: This review first appeared in The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) on 10/19/14.

Business Person of the Month Feature

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Do you own your own business? Do you want others to know about it? We can help! The East Baton Rouge Parish Library publishes a regular feature called “Business Person of the Month” (BPOM) on this very blog that showcases small business owners.

Businesses can include sole or multiple ownership (such as a family run operation) located in or around the city of Baton Rouge. In the past, we have featured many local artists, entrepreneurs, and restaurateurs who call Baton Rouge their home.

If you would like to be featured, or if you would like to nominate someone, please send an email to eref@ebrpl.com and include your name (or nominee), phone number, and email address. Please also include a brief description of your business.

For more information, call Anne Lemmon at 231-3750.

To view previous BPOM articles, you may visit here.