This week on The Reading Life: NOMA curator of photographs Russell Lord talks about the gorgeous new book, "Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art."And novelist Tiffany Quay Tyson crafts a great Mississippi novel in The Past Is Never.
Coming up March 18: Thomas Keith talks about "The Luck of Friendship: The Letters of Tennesee Willliams and James Laughlin."
Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life:
- Fred Mattingly Jr. discusses "From Orange to Singapore: A Shipyard Builds A Legacy," Sunday, March 11, from 2-3:30 p.m.at Garden District Book Shop.
- Richard G. Robbins signs “Overtaken by the Night: One Russian’s Journey through Peace, War, Revolution, and Terror,” Monday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans.
- A new reading series begins March 14 at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books. Curated by Maggie Pahos, “Why There Are Words” features readings by Anne Gisleson, Zachary Lazar, Nathaniel Rich, Kristina Kay Robinson, Katy Simpson Smith, and Kalamu ya Salaam.
- Novelist Tayari Jones reads from and discusses "An American Marriage," Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Georges Auditorium at Dillard University, part of the Conversations in Color series sponsored by Amistad Research Center.
- The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators present the Jambalaya Kidlit Conference March 16-17 at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4521 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans. Faculty includes editor Mallory Kass (also as author Morgan Kass), agent Alexandra Penfold, author Linda Williams Jackson, author/illustratora Leslie Staub and Kenny Harrison and more. For information write firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Facebook page.
- Freddi Williams Evans discusses "A Window to Africa," about the roots of Congo Square, Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. at the Algiers Regional Library on the West Bank.
- Rebecca Solnit, co-editor of "Unfathomable City: a New Orleans Atlas," is the Zale-Kimmerling writer at Tulane University this year. Join her for "An Evening with Rebecca Solnit," Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center at Tulane University.
- And make your plans now to attend The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 21-25, headquartered at the Hotel Monteleone and taking place at various locations throughout the French Quarter. Headliners this year include Jami Attenberg, Bryan Batt, Rick Bragg, Donna Brazile, Beth Ann Fennelly, Alison Gaylin, Richard Ford, Laura Lippman, Amy Ryan, Martin Sherman, Calvin Trillin, and many, many others. The schedule is now available attennesseewilliams.net.
- Also, over the same weekend, Saints and Sinners, the LGBTQ Literary Festival, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary at the Hotel Monteleone. Check out sasfest.org for that schedule.