Reading Life: Louis Edwards

Susan Larson talks to writer Louis Edwards about the inspiration for her fourth novel “Ramadan Ramsey”, her first in 20 years.

Here’s what’s in literary life this week

Here in New Orleans:
Congratulation to Blue Cypress Books, which is moving from 8126 Oak St. to a new two-story location just across the street at 8123 Oak St. There will be a grand opening on Saturday August 7 with a 2 p.m. book signing with Jim Gabour, whose most recent book is “Meow, Monsieur: French felines in New Orleans”.

Members of the Monday Night Writing Group will read their work at the Last Library’s Poetry Buffet on Saturday, August 7 at 2 p.m. via zoom.

Louis Edwards discusses “Ramadan Ramsey” with Garden District bookstore co-owner Christopher Tidmore on Tuesday, August 10 at 6 p.m. at the Garden District bookstore. This is a paid event; go to gardendistrictbookshop.com.

And to come: The Jefferson Parish Library Comic Con, a mini comic convention that focuses on superheroes and comic book culture for kids and teens, takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday August 14, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W Napoléon, Métairie. Costumes and cosplay are encouraged. The event will include the following: How to Draw Workshops with Mike Artell and Samantha Hallenus, Superhero Training Academy for Kids, Crafts, Photo Booth, Scavenger Hunt, Face Paintings and Trivia. Everything is free and registration is not compulsory. To verify jlibrary.net for more information.

In Baton Rouge:
The Louisiana Center for the Book at the State Library of Louisiana announced last week that the author and Louisiana native Fatima Shaik was selected as the recipient of the 22nd Annual Louisiana Writers’ Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions to the literary and intellectual life of Louisiana illustrated by the work of a contemporary writer. Shaik’s books include his recent narrative fiction Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood (The Historic New Orleans Collection), a meticulously researched work on a largely forgotten aspect of Louisiana history, two short stories, The Mayor of New Orleans: Just Talking Jazz and what went missing and what was found; two picture books for children, The Jazz of Our Street and On Mardi Gras Day; and the young adult novel Melitte, all set in Louisiana. The Louisiana Center for the Book will present the Louisiana Writer Award to Shaik at the opening ceremony of the Louisiana Book Festival, Saturday October 30, at Bâton Rouge.

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