BLOG

August 6, 2019

How heartbroken the world must be to hear of Toni Morrison's death. She will not write another acclaimed work, nor will she teach or offer any more literary theories. Sadly, her family and friends will suffer most. To all of us, though, she was a hero, and quite frankly an inspiration to those in and outside the literary arena. I am definitely shocked and saddened - another pillar is gone, but graciously, she leaves her work, which will help us carry on.

Back in 2007, when Morrison visited Tulane University, I happened to be in attendance at a reception given in her honor. I remember almost every mom...

June 9, 2019

Just a little lagniappe about Leah Chase's passing. The news programs have relentlessly reported on how much she meant to New Orleans and the rest of the world. Only a few days later, we also lost Dr. John, a musician so iconic to our music scene that few could surpass his impact. "Iko, Iko" is playing at the back of my mind right now. I will truly miss his presence, especially around Mardi Gras season. Mrs. Leah's impact, though, to the city, and as a possible monument, reminds me that she was a faithful woman who was incredibly special and monumentally loved. New Orleans is grieving over this loss...

June 8, 2019

I was about to blog about another great lady who has "gone up yonder" when I found these comments I had written about Aretha's funeral. I got busy and obviously forgot about finishing the post. Here it is close to a year later, but I think we are all still saddened that the Queen is no longer here. So many times during these past months, I've listened to her songs, or heard someone personally lament her passing, or even read great articles and stories, and a great poem by my workshop buddy Nordette. I think it's true that once you have them in your heart, they never leave. So please allow me to shar...

August 16, 2018

I need to slow down and take a moment to acknowledge the Queen of Soul's passing from this world to her eternal resting place. Come on, you gotta believe Aretha is now singing the wheels off heaven. To me, there were/are no singers/musicians/icons greater than Aretha Franklin. Her music simply reached me in a perfect way. I cannot count the many hours spent just listening to her music, appreciating the nuances of greatness in her voice, in her rendition of every song she gave us. I am tearing up thinking/realizing that she will never present us with another album, another moment of her presence on s...

February 3, 2018

I wished my nephew Happy Birthday this morning and realized that we (the world) are already into the second month of 2018, and I haven't even said goodbye to 2017. Bad manners, to say the least. It was a good year - one in which I travelled and worked on my craft. Last summer, I spent time at the Library of Congress, researching my project on Louisiana's past. Back at home, I worked on new stories for my second collection of stories, and I revised my memoir (a collection of essays about the small town where I grew up). In October, I was at the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium, at The W's (MUW) campus...

February 4, 2017

Yes, it has been a long time since I last blogged. Was I at least busy? Yes, mostly. I travelled with the book: to Dallas (Wild Detectives Books), Nashville (Southern Festival of Books), Berea College (Black Women Writers Symposium), Baton Rouge (Louisiana Book Festival). All of these events were magnificent in their own right, but the experience overall of spending so much time talking about my work and meeting so many kindhearted, purely delightful people is worth noting. I could not have asked for better experiences.

         I also spent time mourning the loss of a good friend. Gretchen Tremoulet...

July 12, 2016

As I was on my way home, I listened to NPR News and their production of the Dallas Memorial to the five slain police officers.  I listened and chuckled a bit as Chief Brown talked about his shyness around the young ladies of his youth, and his use of rhythm and blues tunes to calm his fears.  How appropriate was his recitation of Stevie Wonder's song "As"?  How prophetic, how timeless, how resonant for our own times.  I agree with Chief Brown that Stevie has always had a way of saying just the right thing.  The chief closed by telling the family members, the entire police department, Dallas citizens...

May 19, 2016

A truly wonderful, surprisingly great event was at the Jefferson Parish Library - East Bank (Girls Literary Night Out - March 24), where I joined two local writers Carroll Devine and Vicki Salloum.  We discussed writing overall, as well as our backgrounds and experiences as writers.  It was a very rainy night, but we had a good turnout.  Carroll, Vicki, and I sat at a table and Chris asked us about our work, then turned it over to the audience. 

 

At this point in the book tour, I am not only getting used to answering questions about the book and what it takes to be a sho...

May 17, 2016

It is hard to put into words how much fun I had at the Alabama Book Festival.  I ran late getting out of New Orleans (car problems) and did not make it to the Author's Party, but I did make a later event, when we dined at A & P Social.  I had the pleasure of tasting Alabama Bouillabaisse.  It was delicious.  I am told that Alabama is known for its good cooks overall, and I agree wholeheartedly.

 

So, I woke up early the next morning, the day of the festival, because I wanted to catch my new friend, Abraham Smith, read at The Church, and my, oh my, was I surprised and deli...

March 24, 2016

I was very happy to be invited to Baton Rouge Community College's Arts Festival on Tuesday, March 22.  The workshop was about publishing and, more specifically, writing about "place."  I read the title story "The Persimmon Trail" from my collection because it best reveals how I think and write about place.  Setting comes to mind first, as in the place where I lived/inhabited and grew up.  The story also explores place within the external group of society, community, by setting it with mythological bones.  And lastly, the story both situates and upsets the young protagonists' place within the interna...

Please reload

Featured Posts

Morrison

August 6, 2019

1/9
Please reload

Recent Posts

August 6, 2019

June 8, 2019

August 16, 2018

February 3, 2018

February 4, 2017

July 12, 2016

May 19, 2016

May 17, 2016

March 24, 2016

Please reload

Search By Tags

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

Follow Us
  • Facebook Classic
  • Twitter Classic
  • Google Classic

Photos on this site courtesy of V James - except where noted.    junar7eventeen@gmail.com

© 2019 by Juyanne James. Proudly created with Wix.com