Reading life: David Armand, Farrah Rochon


Susan Larsons interviews David Armand about his Louisiana roots and his new book of poetry, “The Evangelist,” and Farrah Rochon, whose new book is “Almost There,” number 13 in Disney’s Twisted Tales series.

Here’s what’s happening in literary life this week:

The Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club will hold a second line, Sunday, October 30, at 1:30 p.m., from the ice rink, 2727 Prytania St.

Another in-person event is back: The Everette Maddox Poetry and Prose Reading Series at Maple Leaf Bar is back, Sundays at 4, 8316 Oak St. Must be 21 to attend.

Danielle Prescod discusses and signs “Token Black Girl,” Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Baldwin & Co., Tickets available on eventbrite.

The creators of the popular paranormal and true crime podcast, “And That’s Why We Drink,” Christine Schiefer and Em Schulz will discuss and sign copies of their book,A Haunted Road Atlas: Sinister Stops, Dangerous Destinations, and True Crime Tales,” Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Garden District Book Shop. Tickets at

Bob Drury discusses and signs “The Last Hill: The Epic Story of a Ranger Battalion and the Battle that Defined WWII,” Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Garden District Book Shop.

Tyler Bridges discusses and signs “Five Laterals and a Trombone: Cal, Stanford, and the Wildest Finish in College Football History,” Thursday, November 3 at 6 p.m. from Octavia Books.

This weekend brings the 18e Louisiana Book Festival Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. David Armand is the recipient of the 23rd Louisiana Writer Award, which he will receive Saturday, October 29 at 9 a.m. in the Capitol Park Museum Auditorium The Festival includes appearances by Darrell Bourque, Tyler Bridges, Jericho Brown, Rinker Buck, Robert Olen Butler, Jack E. Davis, Louis Edwards, Rien Fertel, Ruth Laney, Robert Mann, Stanley Nelson, Sister Helen Prejean, Mona Lisa Saloy, Fatima Shaik, John Warner Smith and many more. There’s food and music and storytelling and children’s activities. FREE ENTRANCE. Visit and follow them on Facebook for more information.

Blue Cypress Books presents a Day of the Dead celebration with Ana Aranda, author/illustrator of “Our Day of the Dead Celebration” and the Krewe of Mayahuel, on Sunday, October 30 at 4:30 p.m. This is a paid event, check out

Octavia Books presents author Jeff Kinney on Halloween at 7 p.m. for “The Diper Överlöde Show,” celebrating the publication of issue #17 in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. This event includes an in-person rock concert featuring Rodrick Heffley’s band and takes place at Sacred Heart Academy’s Nims Fine Arts Center. Tickets are required to attend and include a signed copy of the new book. Visit

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