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Looking for a new book to read? Trying to find similar authors to your falogoNOVPLgvorite one? We have just the ticket for you. Our readers’ advisory database NoveList is now upgraded to NoveListPlus. There is also a version for reading levels K-8 so there’s something for early readers too. NoveListPlus now offers 40% more title suggestions, including audiobook and non-fiction recommendations and read-alikes. You can search by genre in both fiction and non-fiction; you can even search by Dewey Decimal number. The database also offers book discussion guides, articles, and Grab-and-Go book lists. Visit our Digital Library page to explore NoveListPlus and NoveList K-8 Plus; as always, access is free with your library card!

New Overdrive Titles to Download

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Our eBook and audiobook collection is always growing. Here are some of the latest additions. We have fiction and nonfiction eBook and audiobook titles for all ages and streaming videos too! Check out the complete Overdrive catalog for more. Need help with Overdrive? Take a look at our Get Started with Overdrive Guide or call us at 231-3750.


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.