(Photo : Carsie Blanton/MissingPieceGroup) A Classicalite crush (and recent performer on our Clite A.V. Club ), Carsie Blanton is known for her sexy approach to jazz–namely her latest release, Not Old, Not New – LP, but is she about to make history? Yes! The sassy and sophisticated New Orleans lioness is dropping in for a note (or two) in San Francisco, Baltimore and New York City for a one-of-a-kind in-store tour of sex-positive adult stores. Like Us on Facebook “I’m on tour now through July 20, playing music venues and sex shops across the country.
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Hot books for New Orleans summer from Wilton Barnhardt, Mona Lisa Saloy and Frederick Starr | NOLA.com

It’s a crazy mix, but trust us: each title deserves a place on the beach as you plan your vacation reading. “Lookaway, Lookaway” By Wilton Barnhardt Picador, $16 Old South and New South collide in this witty, character-rich tale of a family in decline. Barnhardt’s third novel, now out in paperback, was published to wide acclaim in 2013. For his New Orleans tour stop, Barnhardt will discuss his work with fellow novelist (and New Orleans resident) Nathaniel Rich , July 12, 1 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. “Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems” By Mona Lisa Saloy Truman State University Press, $16.95 The New Orleans poet and Dillard University professor has been piling up awards for years, including the 2005 T.S. Eliot Award for her debut collection, ” Red Beans and Ricely Yours .” Her new collection offers a poetic response to the destruction and diaspora triggered by Hurricane Katrina — and chronicles the city’s long struggle to rebuild. “Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane” By S.
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