The West Feliciana Children's Book Festival
Sep
28
8:30 AM08:30

The West Feliciana Children's Book Festival

Now in it’s third year this is a Children’s Book Festival truly focused on the child! Bringing together Books, Authors, Illustrators, Story time, Crafts, Fun Activities and most of all Children and Families in a fun outdoor park setting. This is a free event. For further information either message us or visit : Facebook@WFCBF

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Storytime with Kat Pigott
Nov
16
10:30 AM10:30

Storytime with Kat Pigott

Join us as author Kat Pigott (Green Dinosaur Pancakes) shares her newest book : The Flying Horses of City Park with us at Storytime!

“A delightful story about Ava and her nana at the historic carousel in New Orleans. What a fun ride The Flying Horses of City Park is!” —Cheryl Mathis, regional advisor, Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, contributing author The Bayou Bogeyman Presents Hoodoo and Voodoo

“Kat Pigott’s text and author’s note enhance a trip to the carousel in City Park in New Orleans. Pre-reading prepares for a search of the kinds of animals, types of rides, and decoration locations. Reading afterwards recalls a child’s own experience on the rides.” —Virginia McGee Butler, author of the twice-weekly blog Readin’, Ritin’, But Not Much ’Rithmetic

Author Kat Pigott’s love for the carousel shines through in this lighthearted and educational tale of a grandmother and grand- daughter as they spend the day together exploring the carousel's magical animals. Artist Tami Curtis provides vibrant and detailed images of the ride that continues to captivate generations of New Orleanians. An author’s note recounts the history of the only an- tique wooden carousel in Louisiana, one of 100 such carousels in the entire United States.

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Christmas in the Country
Dec
6
to Dec 8

Christmas in the Country

  • St Francisville, Louisiana 70775 (map)
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Join us at The Conundrum as we celebrate our Fourth Anniversary during St Francisville’s annual Christmas Celebration. Complete with story times , author signings, and a celebratory party . This event is always one not to missed!

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The Writers & Readers Symposium
Feb
15
8:00 AM08:00

The Writers & Readers Symposium

The 13th annual Writers & Readers Symposium.  Spend a day, including a delicious lunch, with award-winning authors. The authors will read from and discuss their writing and creative processes. There is an art show and competition of literature related artworks, book sales, and plenty of time to interact with the authors and fellow interested and interesting readers and writers.

2019 Featured Speakers are:
Jack Bedell
Jason Berry
Alysson Foti Bourque
Dima Ghawi
C.H. Lawler
Erica Spindler

Registration is from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. on February 16, 2019 at beautiful Hemingbough Convention Center in St. Francisville, LA. From 9:00 a.m. to noon, these authors will read from and discuss their writing and creative processes. At noon, lunch will be served and participants will be able to eat lunch with these authors. Presentations will continue following lunch until approximately 3:30pm.

Conundrum Books and Puzzles in St. Francisville will have copies of these authors' books on site for sale, and the authors will be delighted to autograph them and chat with participants.

A Novel Image Art Show will also be held in conjunction with the Symposium. It will include photographs, paintings, and sculptures related to writing and literature. The audience will pick their favorite works of art, and awards will be given to the first, second and third place winners.

This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.

 To purchase tickets please visit: https://bontempstix.com/events/2019-writers-readers-symposium?fbclid=IwAR0djQyr-ZA-Pz8PyhuvV9drPMAR-8PTc0i8G1oiegbBrr67zIz_9AJoyCc

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The Walker Percy Weekend
Jun
5
to Jun 7

The Walker Percy Weekend

Good food, craft beer and bourbon, live music, and a great time talking about books and Southern culture under the live oaks: That's what the seventh annual Walker Percy Weekend has to offer when it returns to celebrate the acclaimed novelist's life and work, June 5-7, 2020 in St. Francisville, LA.

Intellectually serious but broadly accessible, the 2019 festival invites fans of Southern literature to pursue appreciation of Percy’s thought and writing while attending presentations by renowned Percy scholars, panel discussions, readings, an art exhibition of photographs of Walker Percy, and a series of social and culinary events inspired by the author’s most famous works. Events take place at locations around St. Francisville’s historic district.

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Book Signing with Ron Swoboda of the '69 Miracle Mets
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Book Signing with Ron Swoboda of the '69 Miracle Mets

Brief Description:
"In time for the 50th anniversary of the Mets' miraculous 1969 World Series win, right fielder Ron Swoboda tells the story of that amazing season, the people he played with and against (sometimes at the same time), and what life was like as an Every Man ballplayer. Ron Swoboda wasn't the greatest player the Mets ever had, but he made the greatest catch in Met history, saving a game in the 1969 World Series, and his RBI clinched the final game. By Met standards that makes him legend. The Mets even use a steel silhouette of the catch as a backing for the right field entrance sign at Citi Field. In this smart, funny, insightful memoir, which is as self-deprecating as a lifetime .249 hitter has to be, he tells the story of that magical year nearly game by game, revealing his struggles, his triumphs and what life was like for an every day, Every Man player, even when he was being platooned. He shows what it took to make one of the worst teams in baseball and what it was like to leave one of the best. And when he talks about the guys he played with and against, it's like you're sitting next to him on the team bus, drinking Reingold. This is a book anyone who loves the game will love as much"--

You can pre-order a personalized signed copy of the book through our website : http://www.conundrumbooks.com/shop/heres-the-catch-by-ron-swoboda-pre-0rder-now-signed-copy

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Signings on Saturdays featuring Rosie Politz and Roger Johns
May
25
1:00 PM13:00

Signings on Saturdays featuring Rosie Politz and Roger Johns

Join us for our new “Signings on Saturdays” events where each month we will introduce you to authors and their writings giving you a chance to discover new books.

The May event will feature Roger Johns and Rosie Politz .

Roger Johns is the author of the Wallace Hartman Mystery series, set in Baton Rouge.

RIVER OF SECRETS: Herbert Marioneaux, a politician infamous for changing his mind on hot-button issues has been murdered. DNA and a combative history implicate Eddie Pitkin, a social justice activist who specializes in making the wealthy and powerful uncomfortable with their past. When Detective Wallace Hartman unearths a potential alibi witness, along with evidence of a troubled relationship that puts a cloud of suspicion over the victim’s son, her polarizing investigation into the dark heart of the political establishment sparks waves of escalating violence across Baton Rouge. Facing the prospect of sabotage from inside her department, Wallace is forced to go it alone as she untangles a trail of old and disturbing secrets.

DARK RIVER RISING: The horrifying murder of a local crime kingpin, followed by the disappearance of a government scientist with ties to the victim, forces Baton Rouge homicide detective Wallace Hartman into an uneasy alliance with a DEA investigator in order to solve a case that grows more dangerous by the minute. Meanwhile, the killer lurks in the shadows with an agenda no one saw coming, and when Wallace gets in the way, the killer proves ready, willing, and able to shatter her world.

Rosie Politz is the author of Key Moments : In Key Moments when Clay and Lynn Sinclair inherit a house, they find a mysterious box of keys that catapult them on a cross-country adventure they’ll never forget. But will the path they follow lead them to unlock more than just a few doors? With twists and turns, roadblocks and detours, what other hidden truths do they discover along the way? And how far will they have to travel before the secrets that lie between them are revealed?

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A Blind Man & His Monkey : Book Signing with Fr. Roldan
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

A Blind Man & His Monkey : Book Signing with Fr. Roldan

Join us to celebrate the release of Fr. Roldan’s first novel A Blind Man and His Monkey !

Book Description: It has been 14 months since the death of his boarding school roommate, and Joe Cardenas continues to have dreams of a time in his life that he would rather not remember. Right under the shadows of unspeakable violence, a group of idealistic teenagers attend a boarding school for aspirants to the Roman Catholic ministry in 1981. The strange and sudden suicide of his best friend, however, placed Joe and everyone he knows in serious danger. Now, 14 months after the most tragic events in his young life, Joe must confront the trauma and tragedy of his friend's death in Envigado, Colombia, during the time of Pablo Escobar.

Click here to pre-order this book: http://www.conundrumbooks.com/shop/roldan

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Author Gwen Carpenter Roland will join us for a Book Discussion and Signing
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Author Gwen Carpenter Roland will join us for a Book Discussion and Signing

Gwen Carpenter Roland author of Atchafalya Houseboat and Postmark Bayou Chene will join us for a book signing and discussion. Time may change closer to event.

Signed and personalized copies of both of Gwen Roland’s books can be ordered in advance of the event on our website at : http://www.conundrumbooks.com/shop

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Storytime and Pancake Art Demonstration with Kat Pigott and Mason Sibley
Mar
9
10:30 AM10:30

Storytime and Pancake Art Demonstration with Kat Pigott and Mason Sibley

Author Kat Pigott and illiustrator Mason Sibley have a new book out and they will join us to celebrate with a pancake art demonstration and storytime!

I see you, Green Dinosaur

Kole’s Nana loves to make him magical green dinosaur pancakes, and sometime they even come to life! In this sequel to Green Dinosaur Pancakes, one big green T-Rex just won’t leave Kole alone. When Kole encounters a school bully, the prehistoric creature helps him out of this sticky situation. Join Kole snd the scaly reptile as they stand up to the bully and find friendship in each other. In this story with a strong message about bullying Kole learns that a little kindness can go a long way and that friends can come from the most unexpected places. (Released February 2019)

Personalized copies of the book can be pre-ordered through our website at : http://www.conundrumbooks.com/shop/i-see-you-green-dinosaur-by-kat-pigott-signed-copy

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The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration
Feb
21
to Feb 23

The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration

  • Natchez Convention Center (map)
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The Conundrum is honored to be the on site bookseller at The Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration this year.

The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration has won numerous awards for its outstanding programming. They include a Cultural Olympiad Award, Best Event of the Year Award at the Governor's Conference on Tourism, the Mississippi Tourism Award, the Mississippi Historical Society's Award of Merit, the Mississippi Humanities Council Humanities Achievement Award, the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi Award, and the 2011 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

The NLCC has been called by official evaluators "Mississippi's most significant annual conference devoted to literature, history, film, and culture."

Begun in 1990 by Copiah-Lincoln Community College and sponsored now by Copiah-Lincoln and Mississippi Department of Archives and History with support of the Natchez National Historical Park, the Celebration annually presents a theme-based lecture series enhanced by films, field trips, workshops, exhibits, book signings, concerts, and discussions.

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Book Signing: City of a Million Dreams by Jason Berry
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Book Signing: City of a Million Dreams by Jason Berry

In 2015, the beautiful jazz funeral in New Orleans for composer Allen Toussaint coincided with a debate over removing four Confederate monuments. Mayor Mitch Landrieu led the ceremony, attended by living legends of jazz, music aficionados, politicians, and everyday people. The scene captured the history and culture of the city in microcosm--a city legendary for its noisy, complicated, tradition-rich splendor. In City of a Million Dreams, Jason Berry delivers a character-driven history of New Orleans at its tricentennial. Chronicling cycles of invention, struggle, death, and rebirth, Berry reveals the city's survival as a triumph of diversity, its map-of-the-world neighborhoods marked by resilience despite hurricanes, epidemics, fires, and floods.

Author bio: Jason Berry is an award-winning writer and documentary film producer in New Orleans. His books include Lead Us Not Into TemptationVows of SilenceRender unto Rome, and Up from the Cradle of Jazz.

To learn more about the book and/or to pre-order your signed copy pleas visit our website at:

http://www.conundrumbooks.com/shop/city-of-a-milion-dreams-by-jason-berry-signed-copy

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Book Signing: Audubon on Louisiana with editor Ben Forkner
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Book Signing: Audubon on Louisiana with editor Ben Forkner

Ben Forkner, editor of the books Audubon on Louisiana and Louisiana Stories will join us on November 8 from 6pm - 8pm. 

Although we remember John James Audubon’s years in Louisiana primarily for the art he produced there, his writings reflect the profound impact the region made on him and his artistic vision, especially in his magnificent collection of paintings published as The Birds of America.

In Audubon on Louisiana, Ben Forkner compiles and explains in depth Audubon’s essential writings on the region. Beginning in 1810 as Audubon arrives in the upper Louisiana Territory, and continuing as he moves into southern Louisiana ten years later (and eventually brings his wife, Lucy, to join him), Audubon’s journals, essays, and letters reveal his struggles to fill his portfolio with new watercolors, his discoveries throughout the region, and the transformative effect the area had on both his art and his life.

Forkner provides a detailed introduction to Audubon’s private journal of 1820–21, the Louisiana Journal, to guide readers through this compelling document. Until now, the difficulty of comprehending Audubon’s rough English has often kept readers from fully appreciating the Journal’s significance. The volume also contains a dozen essays that Audubon penned about his experiences in Louisiana; most of these “episodes” he published in his Ornithological Biography, a massive five-volume written work that complements the visual art of Birds of America. Letters describing Audubon’s last voyage to Louisiana in 1837 followed by nine of his Louisiana bird biographies round out the collection.

These original texts, augmented with Forkner’s commentary, form a magisterial work that illuminates the importance of Louisiana to Audubon’s life and art. Audubon on Louisiana deepens appreciation of one of the most significant artists—and nature writers—of the nineteenth century.

To Learn more about the book and/or to pre-order your copy signed by editor  Ben Forkner please visit our website at:

http://www.conundrumbooks.com/shop/audubon-on-louisiana-edited-by-ben-forkner-signed-by-ben-forkner

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Polos & Pearls Book Signing / Tasting: Memere'sCountry  Creole Cookbook by Nancy Tregre Wilson
Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

Polos & Pearls Book Signing / Tasting: Memere'sCountry Creole Cookbook by Nancy Tregre Wilson

Cookbook author Nancy Tregre Wilson will join us for a signing of her cookbook  "Mémère’s Country Creole Cookbook Recipes and Memories from Louisiana's German Coast".  We will also have tastings of some of the recipes included in the book. Join us for a good time with music, food, and a new cookbook of old favorites.

For more information on the book and/ or to pre-order your signed copy please visit our website at:

http://www.conundrumbooks.com/shop/mmres-country-creole-cookbook-recipes-and-memories-from-louisianas-german-coast-by-nancy-tregre-wilson-signed-copy

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Polos & Pearls Book Signing :  Key Moments by Rosie Politz
Aug
18
5:00 PM17:00

Polos & Pearls Book Signing : Key Moments by Rosie Politz

When Clay and Lynn Sinclair inherit a house, they find a mysterious box of keys that catapult them on a cross-country adventure they'll never forget. But will the path they follow lead them to unlock more than just a few doors? With twists and turns, roadblocks and detours, what other hidden truths do they discover along the way? And how far will they have to travel before the secrets that lie between them are revealed?

 

Rosie Politz is a down-home Cajun girl who loves to travel and hates to cook. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from LSU and works in the tourism industry. She’s a seasoned photographer, a 1980s pop culture trivia fanatic, and an avid list maker. Some of her favorite pastimes include playing board games, planning parties, and singing karaoke. She collects flamingos, wind chimes, and commemorative glasses from her travels. Rosie is married to her husband, Tommy, and they reside in the Deep South, where Tommy does most of the cooking. While she’s written poetry throughout her life, Key Moments is her first novel.

For more information on this book and/ or to pre-order your signed copy please visit our website at:

http://www.conundrumbooks.com/shop/key-moments-by-rosie-politz-signed-copy

 

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StoryTime & Book Signing : Poncho's Rescue by Julie M. Thomas
Aug
10
4:00 PM16:00

StoryTime & Book Signing : Poncho's Rescue by Julie M. Thomas

In 2016, a devastating flood displaced tens of thousands of people and animals in and around Louisiana’s capital city. An estimated seven trillion gallons of water inundated the parishes surrounding Baton Rouge—three times more rainfall than during Hurricane Katrina—causing catastrophic damage to nearly 150,000 homes. Yet amid this unprecedented and chaotic event, volunteers banded together to help ensure the safety of countless people and animals. The inspiring true story of Poncho the baby bull’s rescue celebrates the bravery and kindness typical of these volunteers.

To read more about this delightful book and/ or to pre-order your signed copy visit our website at:

http://www.conundrumbooks.com/shop/ponchos-rescue-a-baby-bull-and-a-big-flood-by-julie-m-thomas-signed-copy

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The Fifth Annual Walker Percy Weekend
Jun
1
to Jun 3

The Fifth Annual Walker Percy Weekend

Good food, craft beer and bourbon, live music, and a great time talking about books and Southern culture under the live oaks: That's what the fourth annual Walker Percy Weekend has to offer when it returns to celebrate the acclaimed novelist's life and work.  For more information and tickets visit : www.walkerpercyweekend.org

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The Writers & Readers Symposium
Feb
17
8:30 AM08:30

The Writers & Readers Symposium

Hosted by The Celebration of Literature and Art this event brings together fabulous authors, avid readers and writers.  This year's presenting authors include Poet Catharine Savage Brosman,  Art Writer John R. Kemp, award winning thriller novelist Michael Rubin, critically acclaimed author Genaro Ky Ly Smith and New York Times Best-Selling author M.O.Walsh.  For more information and tickets visit https://2018writersandreaders.brownpapertickets.com

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