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In conversation: Sam Irwin

Our tail-pinching, head-sucking love of crawfish might be a little odd, but it's not new, as writer Sam Irwin explains in his latest work. Irwin was raised in Breaux Bridge, in the cradle of Louisiana crawfish culture. His grandfather, Joe Amy (pronounced ah-mee), was an industry pioneer, dealing crawfish from Amy's Fisheries in Henderson as early as 1932. Louisiana Crawfish is available online from The History Press, and at better bookstores and bait shops.

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Mary Hurlbert Stein

Asked what she "geeks," Mary Stein replies, "Music and design and enthusiasm!" The nationwide Geek the Library campaign is one of many successful programs Stein has implemented as assistant director of EBR Parish Library. Stein embraces the program's basic theme: that whatever you "geek," or are passionate about, the public library supports. "When I do sound bites," she says, "I say, 'Libraries change lives. Libraries mean business. Libraries provide access. Libraries build communities.' " Nearly 30 years ago, with a master's degree in library science from LSU, Stein joined the staff of EBRPL in a "step 1" position in Circulation and Adult Services. "I had wonderful mentors throughout the staff of EBRPL," she says, "and I was fortunate enough not only to move up in rank but also to learn so much in every assignment." The mother of two sons and longtime choir member at St. Joseph Cathedral, Stein provided steady, visionary leadership during 2011 and 2012, serving as co-director with...

Season Vining

Occupation: Novelist
Hometown: Baton Rouge
Age: 36

Wizarding world

"The scariest sound in New Orleans' French Quarter is silence," begins Elysian Fields, the third installment in Suzanne Johnson's Sentinels series. It's a haunting opening, especially for anyone who has had the rare experience of silence in the Quarter, and it kicks off a particularly dire series of events for Drusilla Jaco, the new wizard sentinel of New Orleans. In previous installments, DJ has dealt with the arcane while recovering post-Katrina and an unexplained pollution of the Mississippi River. Now, she is tasked with policing local preternaturals who are legally entitled to enter New Orleans, including vampires, elves and the historical undead.

A second shot at The Devil

The Devil in Her Way is Bill Loehfelm's fourth book and his first set in New Orleans, where the Staten Island native has lived since 1997. His previous books are set in Staten Island, including his third, The Devil She Knows, which introduced readers to Maureen Coughlin, a character who author Laura Lippman says "jumps off the page and demands the reader's full attention."

Suspect

The survivors who fall in love in Robert Crais' new crime novel, Suspect, have been deeply damaged by gun violence.

Nowhere but Home

The big Challenge in packing for the beach? Choosing the right book. Make sure to bring Liza Palmer's new novel, Nowhere but Home. This homecoming story is tender not treacly, told in smart, funny, unfussy prose. It is sure to enhance any laid-back vacation.

Humorist David Sedaris returns to Baton Rouge

With a knack for knowing how to deliver a great story or essay, David Sedaris has earned quite the rabid fan base. The bestselling author has consistently delivered absurd, clever and moving tales in his collections. His latest book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, is no different, broaching subjects such as his father's dinnertime attire, his first colonoscopy and more. In support of this latest work, Sedaris returns to Baton Rouge tonight, visiting the Citiplace Barnes & Noble (Map it!) to discuss and sign copies of the book. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. For more information, click here.

Guest services 101

Author: Doug Lipp
Year: 2013
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Pages: 222

MBAs and motherhood

What becomes of the women who graduate with MBAs from Harvard Business School? Do most go on to fulfilling careers? Do they drop out of the workforce when they become mothers?

'225 Weekender': Be a part of the story at the Storybook Ball

Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge is hosting a whimsical gala for the entire family this weekend. The fifth annual Storybook Ball kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Baton Rouge River Center. The event will feature classic stories, such as The Jungle Book, Where the Wild Things Are, Harry Potter and more. Each book will have its own station full of interactive activities. The Young Band Nation Blues Project, Tim the Magician, stilt walkers and more will also be on hand. Proceeds benefit Family Road. Children's tickets are $20; adult tickets are $60. Specials and reserved tables are also available for purchase here. Get the lowdown on more local happenings taking place this weekend in the new 225 Weekender e-newsletter here.

Be a part of the story

Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge will host a whimsical gala perfect for the entire family. The fifth annual Storybook Ball kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Baton Rouge River Center. The event will feature classic stories such as The Jungle Book, Where the Wild Things Are, Harry Potter and more coming to life. Each book will have its own station full of interactive activities. The Young Band Nation Blues Project, Tim the Magician, stilt walkers and more will also be on hand. Proceeds benefit Family Road. Children's tickets are $20; adult tickets are $60. Specials and reserved tables are also available for purchase online.

Horse People

If success in fiction depends on creating characters who seem not just believable but actual, then Cary Holladay succeeds wildly in Horse People, the latest issue in the Yellow Shoe Fiction series out of LSU Press.

Das a real hero, cher

He's a Coast Guard veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. His city is a cold shadow of its former self. And he is out for blood—perhaps literally.

Cover to cover

The Mapmaker's War
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"I've read everything Carolyn Turgeon has written. I received an advance reading copy of her next novel, The Fairest of Them All—due in August—and this one has the same hallmarks of whimsy, sensitivity, and imagination as her other works. She does a masterful job of entwining the stories of Rapunzel and Snow White in a fairy tale retelling that's dark, sensual, and clever."

After more than five decades, Bible and Book Center closing

The Bible and Book Center at 4242 Government St. will close its doors for good on Saturday after 54 years in business. Competition from online retailers and big-box stores, which carry many of the Christian book series that have been a main staple of the shop's merchandise mix, have taken a toll, and the family-owned business can no longer compete, says owner Janet Dearman. "When we bought the business, there weren't any chain bookstores in town," says Dearman, whose parents, Jim and Billie Sykora, bought the store from its original owners in 1980. "Once Sam's and Walmart came into the market, things started to change." Online retailers exacerbated the problem, then Hurricane Gustav in 2008 forced the shop to remain closed for a week. "That was sort of the nail in the coffin," says Dearman. "We never really recovered from that." The Bible and Book Center is the last independently owned, non-denominational Christian bookstore in Baton Rouge, according to Dearman, though there are two...