Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
This new children's book, written by the legendary Julie Andrews, is a must read for all little girls who aspire to one day be a Pulpwood Queen!
Do you believe in Fairies? Geraldine does...
And though her family and friends don't, Gerry knows for certain that she is one.
In fact she is a VERY fairy princess!
From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do: she dresses in royal attire and practices her flying skills, and she is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn't all pink and proper- as every real-life fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails and scabby knees are just the price you pay for a perfect day! (Barnes & Noble)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
The Muses of Centenary College will be accepting donations for the 24th annual Centenary Book Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 and Aug 9 at the Centenary College Book House, located in Centenary Square, 108 E. Kings Highway, Shreveport. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload donations of gently used books, compact disks, videotapes, DVDs, records and cassettes. Receipts will also be issued to those donors requesting them.
The annual book bazaar is sponsored by the Centenary Muses with proceeds used to fund projects and programs for Centenary students. This year's bazaar will be held Sept. 10-11 in the Centenary Gold Dome.
For more information, contact the Book House at (318) 219-3409 or David Williams at (318) 869-5162.
Please let me know by the June meeting if you are interested in making this road trip so I can collect money and purchase tickets! If you cannot make the trip but want a signed book, please let me know ASAP.
Friends of the Ouachita Parish Library present: Lunch with the Editor. This is a ticketed event requiring pre-registration. Your $30 ticket is good for lunch and a signed copy of Louisiana Women: their lives and times. Tickets to be sold in advance by the Friends of the Library. Call 327-5414 for more information.
About Louisiana Women: Their Lives and TimesMoving chronologically from the colonial period to the present, this collection of seventeen biographical essays provides a window into the social, cultural, and geographic milieu of women's lives in the state. Within the context of the historical forces that have shaped Louisiana, the contributors look at ways in which the women they profile either abided by prevailing gender norms or negotiated new models of behavior for themselves and other women. Louisiana Women concludes with an essay that examines women's active responses to problems that emerged in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
The women whose absorbing life stories are collected here include Marie Therese Coincoin, who was born a slave but later became a successful entrepreneur, and Oretha Castle Haley, civil rights activist and leader of the New Orleans chapter of CORE. From such well-known figures as author Kate Chopin and Voudou priestess Marie Laveau, to lesser known women such as Cajun musician Cleoma Breaux Falcon, this volume reveals a compelling cross section of historical figures. The women profiled vary by race, class, political affiliation, and religious persuasion, but they all share an unusual grit and determination that allowed them to turn trying circumstances into opportunity. Lively yet rigorous, these essays introduce readers to the courageous, dedicated, and inventive women who have been an essential part of Louisiana's history.
Historical figures included:
• Marie Therese Coincoin
• The Baroness Pontalba
• Marie Laveau
• Sarah Katherine (Kate) Stone
• Eliza Jane Nicholson
• Kate Chopin
• Grace King
• Louisa Williams Robinson, Her Daughters, and Her Granddaughters
• Clementine Hunter
• Dorothy Dix
• True Methodist Women
• Cleoma Breaux Falcon
• Caroline Dormon
• Mary Land
• Rowena Spencer
• Oretha Castle Haley
• Louisiana Women and Hurricane Katrina
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
"So I shall say I write in the morning, when not too strongly drawn to struggle with the intricacies of a pattern, and in the afternoon, if the temptation to try a new furniture polish on an old table leg is not too powerful to be denied; sometimes at night, though as I grow older I am more and more inclined to believe that night was made for sleep." -Kate Chopin (read at the meeting by author Judy Christie)
Barnes & Noble is hosting a Book Fair benefiting The Robinson Film Center on Tuesday, May 25, all day long at their Youree Drive location. All you have to do is present the voucher below when making your purchase and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the cultural and educational programs of The Robinson Film Center. Print out your vouchers here.
Monday, May 17, 2010
By Robert Greer
Questions for Discussion
1. Is there a particular event or scene that influenced the outcome of the book more than another?
2. How do you feel about Spoon as a person? Would you be friends with him? Do you think he’s clairvoyant?
3. How much does history affect each of the characters and their relationships with one another?
4. In what ways is Spoon a traditional Western? Are there ways in which it challenges this genre classification?
5. What was unique about the setting and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
6. What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think he is trying to get across to the reader?
7. Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
8. How do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
9. Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
10. In what ways did you identify with the situations and/or characters?
11. What major emotions did the story evoke in you as a reader?
12. Many of the ranch owners and families agree that they would die for their land. To what extent does concern for land/property continue today? What would you die for?
Thursday, May 13, 2010
New Orleans, 1920s. Raziela Nolan is in the throes of a magnificent love affair when she dies in a tragic accident. In an instant, she leaves behind her one true love and her dream of becoming a doctor--but somehow, she still remains. Immediately after her death, Razi chooses to stay between--a realm that exists after life and before whatever lies beyond it.
From this remarkable vantage point, Razi narrates the stories of her lost love, Andrew, and the relationship of Amy and Scott, a couple whose house she haunts almost seventy-five years later. The Mercy of Thin Air entwines these two fateful and redemptive love stories that echo across three generations. From ambitious, forward-thinking Razi, who illegally slips birth control guides into library books; to hip Web designer Amy, who begins to fall off the edge of grief; to Eugenia, caught between since the Civil War, the characters in this wondrous novel sing with life. Evoking the power of love, memory, and time, The Mercy of Thin Air culminates in a startling finish that will leave readers breathless.
Set in southern Louisiana in the weeks preceding the great flood of 1927, this novel depicts a place and way of life about to be forever changed. On the verge of manhood and a stone’s throw of the rising Mississippi River, Louis Proby is pulled between his love of the natural world and the glittering temptations of New Orleans, between the beautiful Nanette Lançon and a father who no longer seems larger-than-life, between the simplicity of childhood and the complicated decisions of adulthood.
Louis comes of age at a time when the country is coming of age. In Louisiana, it’s a time when the powerful prove themselves willing to sacrifice the poor to protect their position. As the people of Cypress Parish go about their daily lives, bankers in New Orleans are plotting to alter those lives irrevocably. Like so many calamities, the one that befalls Cypress Parish has both natural and human causes.
Based on historical events and narrated on the eve of another disaster, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish tells the story of a young man growing up in a time and place not quite like any other. And in doing so it reveals the complexity of our own relationship to the past. This a beautifully turned novel of love and natural history, married to the shadowy politics of Louisiana, a novel about what manhood means now and what it meant in the south in the 1920s.
It was here, on a medium-sized Creole plantation owned by a family named Derbanne, that author Lalita Tademy found her family's roots-and the stories of four astonishing women who battled vast injustices to create a legacy of hope and achievement. They were women whose lives began in slavery, who weathered the Civil War, and who grappled with the contradictions of emancipation through the turbulent early years of the twentieth century. Through it all, they fought to unite their family and forge success on their own terms. Here amid small farmhouses and a tightly knit community of French-speaking slaves, free people of color, and whites, Tademy's great-great-great-great grandmother Elisabeth would bear both a proud heritage and the yoke of slavery. Her youngest daughter, Suzette, would be the first to discover the promise-and heartbreak-of freedom. Suzette's strong-willed daughter Philomene would use determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of economic independence. And Emily, Philomene's spirited daughter, would fight to secure her children's just due and preserve their future against dangerous odds.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Pretty Pretty Princess Pink Party Popcorn
from Erin Cooks
Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil
8 ounces of good White Chocolate
Red Food Coloring
Pop a batch of popcorn. The stove top method is best, but you could also use microwave popcorn if you must — just try to avoid the flavored kind. Either way you will need approximately 8 cups of popcorn.
Spread the popcorn over a baking sheet lined with a silpat or wax paper. Pick out any unpopped kernels — you don’t want anyone to break a tooth!
Melt 8 ounces of white chocolate until smooth. You can use a double-boiler to melt the chocolate, or put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time on medium power, stirring after each round. Once the chocolate is smooth, add a few drops of food coloring, and stir to blend.
Use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate across the popcorn. Mix the popcorn around with the spoon to evenly distribute the chocolate. Then place the baking sheet in the refridgerator for 20 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. Finally, serve and enjoy!
Baked Feather Boa Doughnuts
Baked Doughnut recipe adapted from Heidi Swanson’s website 101 Cookbooks.
Makes 1 1/2 – 2 dozen medium doughnuts.
1 1/3 cups warm milk, 95 to 105 degrees (divided)
1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup sugar
5 cups all-purpose flour
A pinch or two of nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-6 tablespoons milk (depending on your desired consistency)
2-4 drops of red food coloring (depending on your desired shade of pink)
Place 1/3 cup of the warm milk in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir in the yeast and set aside for five minutes or so. Be sure your milk isn’t too hot or it will kill the yeast. Stir the butter and sugar into the remaining cup of warm milk and add it to the yeast mixture. With a fork, stir in the eggs, flour, nutmeg, and salt – just until the flour is incorporated. With the dough hook attachment of your mixer beat the dough for a few minutes at medium speed. This is where you are going to need to make adjustments – if your dough is overly sticky, add flour a few tablespoons at a time. Too dry? Add more milk a bit at a time. You want the dough to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl and eventually become supple and smooth. Turn it out onto a floured counter-top, knead a few times (the dough should be barely sticky), and shape into a ball.
Transfer the dough to a buttered (or oiled) bowl, cover, put in a warm place (I turn on the oven at this point and set the bowl on top), and let rise for an hour or until the dough has roughly doubled in size.
Punch down the dough and roll it out 1/2-inch thick on your floured countertop. Most people (like myself) don’t have a doughnut cutter, instead I use a 2-3 inch cookie cutter to stamp out circles. Transfer the circles to a parchment-lined baking sheet and stamp out the smaller inner circles using a smaller cutter. If you cut the inner holes out any earlier, they become distorted when you attempt to move them. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes.
Bake in a 375 degree oven until the bottoms are just golden, 8 to 10 minutes – start checking around 8. While the doughnuts are baking, combine the confectioners sugar, milk, vanilla, and food coloring in a medium bowl. Place the coconut in a separate bowl.
Remove the doughnuts from the oven and let cool for just a minute or two. Dip each one in the icing, and than sprinkle the coconut onto the top of the doughnut. Eat immediately if not sooner.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
- Kathy Patrick - The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide To Life - Jefferson TX
- Charlaine Harris - Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire) novels - Magnolia AR
- Michelle McCrary - Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology - Shreveport LA
- Judy Christie - Hurry Less, Worry Less series, Gone to Green - NW Louisiana
- Mitchel Whitington - Ghost In My Suitcase, Ghosts of East Texas - Jefferson, TX
- Gary Joiner - One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End, The Red River Campaign - Shreveport, LA
- William Joyce - Big Time Olie, George Shrinks, A Day with Wilbur Robinson - Shreveport, LA
- Eric Brock - Shreveport history series, Images of America series - Shreveport LA
Charlaine Harris' popular heroine Sookie Stackhouse is back on another adventure with her vampire and fairy friends in Dead In The Family! Read the first chapter here and pick up your copy in bookstores now to support authors in Ark-La-Tex area!