The 14th Annual Jambalaya Writersâ€™ Conference is scheduled for March 4 at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library in Houma.
This all-day event will feature writing sessions for fiction, nonfiction and childrenâ€™s writers. Session topics include self-publishing, getting your novel published, writing better fiction, poetry and other sessions to improve writing.
Speakers include Jeff Lindsay, writer of the “Dexter” series on Showtime; New York Times bestseller Rachel Caine, author of the paranormal “Morganville Vampire,” “Revivalist” and “Weather Warden” series. Marvel Comic writer Roland Paris will present sessions, along with romance writer Farrah Rochon. Rochon writes the “New York Sabers,” “Holmes” and Camp Firefly series. She is a USA Today best-selling author.
Other writers include Nicholas Mainieri, M.O. Walsh, Johnnie Bernhard, Poet David Middleton and young adult favorite Ashley Elston.
Keynote speaker will be New York Times Bestseller Lisa Unger. She is the author of 14 novels, including â€œBeautiful Lies,â€ â€œInk and Bone,â€ â€œCrazy Love Youâ€ and â€œFragile.â€
Submissions are being accepted for the fiction contest, which has a $10 entry fee, and the poetry contest, which has a $5 entry fee. The fiction and poetry submissions are due by Feb. 1. There will also be a â€œFirst Page Contest.â€
Registration is open, and the conference fee is $35 in advance, $45 at the door. Call Jessi Suire at 850-5301 for information.
Learn about wills
At 6 p.m. Jan. 30, Lawyers for Libraries will hold a session at Houma’s Main Library on living wills and healthcare power of attorney. Local attorney Mary Riviere will speak and answer questions.
Workout Wednesdays started this month at the North Terrebonne Branch. The low-stress workouts last under one hour. The class will follow Leslie Sansonâ€™s walking DVDs. Please bring water. The classes start at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
A RELIC — Readings in Literature and Culture — series will begin March 13 and continue weekly until April 17 at the North Branch in Gray. The sessions will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The topic will be â€œThe Supreme Court and its Chief Justices.â€ The justices to be discussed are John Marshall, Morrison Waite, Edward Douglas White, Fred Vinson, and Earl Warren.
Registration is now open; Â Suire at 850-5301. Paul Leslie will be the facilitator. Reading material will no longer include books, but paper copies of articles and chapters. This program is funded by the Friends of the Library.
English as a Second Language Classes
The Main Library staff is offering English as a Second Language classes from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The classes are for all ages whose native language is Spanish.
A Pedro tournament will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Main Library. Teens and adults are invited.
Black History Month
The Main Library will show the PBS program â€œMany Rivers to Crossâ€ by Henry Louis Gates from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays during February in the distance-education classroom.
Lincoln Center screening
At 3 p.m. on February 5 at the North Branch, a Lincoln Center free screening of the Heritage Blues Trio will be shown. The trio members are from the Grammy nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra. Members performing will be guitarist and harmonica player Bill Sims Jr., vocalist and percussionist Chaney Sims and guitarist and vocalist Junior Mack.
Virtual reality demos
Want to ride a roller coaster without leaving your chair or go scuba diving without getting wet? The Main Library will host a virtual reality demonstration at 4 p.m. Feb. 4. Try out the virtual glasses with pre-loaded apps. The demos are first-come, first-served.
— Mary Cosper LeBoeuf is director of the Terrebonne Parish Library System.Â