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Exotic & Erotic (Books!)

By Ashley Rouen

A belated celebration for Banned Books Week is slated for tonight at the AllWays Lounge (St. Claude Avenue). And it’s going to be erotic. Esoterotica is revolving cast of local New Orleans writers that puts on sensual shows at the venue every other Wednesday night. Writers will read excerpts from original erotica complete with slam like performances. In lieu of admission, guests are encourage to donate what they can to Nola for Life programs benefitting Adult Literacy.  

Uncensored! Library to Celebrate Banned Book Week

By Ashley Rouen

“It was a pleasure to burn,” wrote Ray Bradbury in the opening sentence of dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451 which depicts a society that has outlawed all books. In a cooler fashion, rhe nationally celebrated Banned Books Week burns through the calendars of avid readers from Sept 21–24 this year. On Monday (9.22, 6-8p.m.), the New Orleans Public Library on Loyola Avenue invites the public to a free reading of passages of banned books by local authors.

Summer Reading: Jindal, Matalin, Roberts, Brazile

Beltway bulldog Politico took a look at what’s being read this summer by those with their hands on the handles of power. Louisiana was well represented in the survey. The article looked not just at names like Boehner, Emanuel, Rice, and Albright, but also at the Pelican State’s Bobby Jindal, Mary Matalin, Cokie Roberts, and Donna Brazile.

Antonya Nelson

A Room 220 Interview

Sara Slaughter of Press Street's Room 220 talks to Newcomb College Institute Writer-in-Residence, Antonya Nelson about family, repetition and when a car chase is not just a car chase.

Room 220: Writers 'Emerge' at Black Widow Salon

from Press Street's Room 220

The Black Widow Salon continues its monthly literary event series at Crescent City Books in February with a group of “emerging” local writers: Christopher Hellwig, Jenna Mae, M’Bilia Meekers, and Ingrid Norton. The reading takes place on Monday, Feb. 6, from 7 – 9 p.m. (230 Chartres Street). Click through for more about the writers:

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