November 25, 2022

From Mysteries to Manga, New Orleans Library Book Clubs Bring Readers Together | Entertainment/Life

The Orleans Parish Library has books to capture almost any interest. Appointments for two groups of readers, devoted to mysteries and manga, are looming.

First, on Zoom on January 20, mystery-loving Shelby Goddard will host the monthly Who Dun It? Book club from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

January’s title is “Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead”, by Olga Tokarczuk, a fairy tale thriller set in a remote Polish village that follows the journey of a reclusive woman as she inserts herself into a local murder investigation, confident that she knows who is to blame.

But, with a reputation as an eccentric who prefers animal company to humans, she finds it increasingly difficult to convince anyone to listen.

On January 27, graphic novel-loving teens are invited to join the library’s Manga Book Club, which meets monthly on Zoom. The group will discuss “Kimi ni Todoke”, by Karuho Shiina.

The teens won’t meet in February, but will reunite on March 17 to dive into all things “Sailor Moon.”

The Mystery Club is back in February, however, to discuss Chris Bohjalian’s ‘The Flight Attendant’ – the murder-mystery sensation that was recently adapted into an HBO series of the same name, starring Kaley Couco. This meeting is February 17.

“Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of the Dead” and “The Flight Attendant” are available from the library as a print, e-book, and audiobook. Reserve a copy at or by downloading the NOLALibrary app.

For more details about the Mystery Club, email [email protected] or visit New members are always welcome.

TEEN-TECH: The Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the New Orleans Public Library will host a virtual open house at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 19 on Twitch. Attendees will meet center staff while participating in games like Among Us, Minecraft, and Roblox, and explore technologies available to Teen Tech Center members. Register at

Located on the second floor of the Main Library, the Teen Tech Center is designed to be a safe, comfortable, and engaging space just for teens and is equipped with technology and media tools that can be used for music and video production, interactive programming, graphic design and much more.

Membership is limited to ages 13-18 and all members must complete an application with signed permission from a parent or legal guardian. Visit for more information.

TELL STORIES: The New Orleans Public Library hosts weekly outdoor storytimes at three library locations: Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive; Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue; and Eastern New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., children and their caregivers are invited to read, sing, speak, write and play together in a format designed for infants up to 5 years old at these locations.

Jane LeGros is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Orleans Parish Library.

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