Deepwater Horizon and affects on climate, culture and environment are the topic of library program | Entertainment/Life

Photographer and filmmaker Monique Verdin will explore the Deepwater Horizon disaster and other fossil fuel-related events in southeast Louisiana dating back to the early 1900s during a Zoom program hosted by the New Orleans Public Library at 11 am Saturday, April 9.

Her documentation of the Mississippi River Delta’s indigenous Houma nation looks at the relationship among environment, culture, and climate in southeast Louisiana. She is co-producer of the documentary “My Louisiana Love” and her work has been included in a variety of environmentally inspired projects, including the multiplatform performance “Cry You One: and the collaborative book “Return to Yakni Chitto: Houma Migrations.”

Visit to register for “Indigenous Histories and Fossil Fuel Realities in Louisiana — From Standard Oil to the BP Drilling Disaster.”

‘CHERCHEZ LA FEMME’: Author and photographer Cheryl Gerber will spend an evening at Algiers Point’s Cita Dennis Hubbell Library on April 12 to discuss her book, “Cherchez la Femme,” which captures the vibrancy and diversity of New Orleans women.

Inspired by the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC, “Cherchez la Femme” includes over 200 photographs of the women who shape New Orleans; most are well-known, but there are others, too.

Alongside Gerber’s photographs are 12 essays written by female writers celebrating the women who add to New Orleans’s uniqueness, including entertainers, socialites, activists, musicians, chefs, entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, and burlesque artists.

Contributors include Constance Adler, Karen Celestan, Alison Fensterstock, Kathy Finn, Helen Freund, Anne Gisleson, Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Karen Trahan Leathem, Katy Reckdahl, Melanie Warner Spencer, Sue Strachan, Kim Vaz-Deville, and Geraldine Wyckoff.

Sponsored by the Friends of Hubbell Library.

COASTAL IMPACT: The library’s “Witness to Change: Conversations on Coastal Impacts” series will continue at 5:30 pm April 19 to discuss Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Water Knife,” a near-future dystopian fiction, a drought-ridden American Southwest is suffocating in rising heat and extreme water shortages.

This program is the second of a four-part series aimed at sparking conversations about the changing environment of our coastal communities.

Attendees can request a free copy of this book to keep, as well as any of the other three being discussed in the remaining “Witness to Change” meetings. Visit for more details.

The series is sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities as part of the BHP-funded project, “Coastal Impacts: An Integrated Approach for Community Adaptation, Understanding, and Planning.”

Jane LeGros is the director of marketing and communications for the New Orleans Public Library.

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