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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Women’s Wear Daily Archive is now available through our Digital Library! Women’s Wear Daily, or WWD, is widely considered the “bible” of the fashion industry. The WWD Archive is the only digitized source of the entire run of this publication, from its first issue in 1910 to issues from the past twelve months, all reproduced in high-resolution images. Every page, article, advertisement and cover has been included, with searchable text and indexing. The Women’s Wear Daily Archive preserves one of the fashion industry’s most influential reads, covering key moments in the history of the industry, as well as major designers, brands, retailers, and advertisers.
Founded in 1910 by Edmund Fairchild, Women’s Wear was launched as a small weekly sister publication to the Daily News Record, a menswear journal founded in the late nineteenth century. Moving to daily publication in 1927, Women’s Wear Daily covered the news behind the manufacturing of women’s clothing, including sales and acquisitions, production costs, and personnel moves within the industry. In later years, under the editorship of John Fairchild, WWD began featuring social commentary, tracking the personal lives of high-society. It soon became the most powerful and influential fashion journal in the US, and subsequently released W magazine. They were purchased by Condé Nast in 1999, and WWD continues to publish breaking news and is widely considered the primary fashion publication by industry insiders.
Access the Women’s Wear Daily Archive from our Digital Library – all you need is a library card!
Here’s the line-up of 20Somethings events planned this month. Want more info? Head over to our 20Somethings Facebook page!
Get Your Game On! If you enjoy video and board games and are looking for a way to meet other game enthusiasts ages 18-30ish, join us at the Main Library at Goodwood tonight, October 14, and Tuesday, October 28, at 6 p.m. to play board games such as Settlers of Catan and 7 Wonders and video games such as Rock Band and Minecraft.
Halo Day: Sometimes you just need to kick back and enjoy an awesome video game. Come to the Baker Branch Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, and get together with other 20-somethings to chill out with Halo on the Xbox.
Crafternoon: Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Come hang out with other 20-somethings at the Main Library at Goodwood at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, to create wire-wrapped marble necklace pendants and button flower rings. All supplies provided.
We had a great time at Horror Movie Night last weekend and we have one more Halloween-themed event coming up:
‘Buffy’ Buffs Night Are you a “Buffy” Buff? Then head over to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to test your knowledge of all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We’ll be playing a trivia game covering all seven seasons of the popular television series.