For a guy whose novel is titled “The City of Lost Fortunes,” Bryan Camp is quick to count the ways his own have mounted up. His conversation is sprinkled with expressions of gratitude and “here’s another time good fortune was heaped upon me,” as h…
Saturday, April 14, 2018
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project at Southeastern Louisiana University is accepting applications for its Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
“I was the girl in the restaurant reading, in a corner of the sofa at the party or at the play rehearsal with a book,” Iris Cohen recalls of her French Quarter upbringing. “It was an artistic, bohemian environment, and there weren’t many kids around.”
Sunday, April 01, 2018
Sunday, April 01, 2018
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith will visit Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond on Monday as part of the university’s Common Read program.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Eno Edet is a writer and artist who frequently finds himself in bizarre situations. He seeks them out, but chaos seems inclined to find him as well.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
New Orleans’ favorite playwright takes center stage at the 32nd annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (March 21-25), and this year the city itself plays a strong supporting role as the festival celebrates the New Orleans Tricentennial.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The 2018 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, running through March 25, hosts a wide variety of speakers, performances, panel discussions and staged readings. Headquartered at the Hotel Monteleone, events take place across multiple ve…
Monday, March 19, 2018
The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival began, like many good things in New Orleans, as a conversation among friends. Partners Paul Willis and Greg Herren were musing over the possibility of combining ways to reach out with information about HIV/…
In these days of email and text, we often forget what treasures letters are — fragile pieces of paper where we share our sweetest affections, our deepest dreams, our greatest hopes, even our moments of despair. Tennessee Williams was a prolific le…
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Comics have been part of America’s popular culture since the turn of the 20th century, but they’ve never taken up the bandwidth they do now. "Black Panther" became part of the national conversation on race and gender when the movie premiered in Fe…
Monday, March 12, 2018
“Guess what I paid for a biscuit this morning,” writer Tayari Jones said, speaking from her hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. “You’ll never guess. Six dollars! And it was a good one too — so warm and fluffy. Good thing it was six dollars or I would h…
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
New Orleans-based novelist Nathaniel Rich didn’t initially grasp what he’d signed up for as a contributor to Pop-Up Magazine.
Monday, February 19, 2018
A writer and a photographer go to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to document the production of a "Passion Play" by prisoners. They are friends — drawn together by the fact that both their fathers were murdered in contract killings in P…
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Thursday, February 01, 2018
It was the best of times; it was the gayest of times. And in Mardi Gras history, it was a beautiful era. In “Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans” (University Press of Mississippi, $50), with a foreword by Henri Schi…
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Researchers interested in the state's civil rights progress may now peruse the letters, diaries and flyers of four prominent gay activists at the Louisiana Research Collection, housed at Tulane University.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
What is a griot? Merriam-Webster defines it this way: “Any of a class of musician-entertainers of western Africa whose performances include tribal histories and genealogies; or, more broadly, storyteller."
Sunday, January 07, 2018
Unlike many writers who move to New Orleans, Nathaniel Rich never meant to write about the place. “If you’d asked me five or six years ago, I would have said, ’Not on your life!’ I have a huge respect for the literary tradition here and just for t…
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Tickets are on sale for the 2018 Writers and Readers Symposium Feb. 17-18 in St. Francisville, with early bird tickets available for $45 until Dec. 31.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Ernest J. Gaines will be the featured Great Southern Writer at the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival in April. Submissions are due by Dec. 29 for Gaines' Student Author Contest.
There will be fireworks! There will be celebrations! And there will be books! In the city’s ongoing Tricentennial celebration, it’s time to reflect as well as look forward. Two new anthologies offer thoughtful ways to do just that.
Friday, December 08, 2017
Magazine Street was the thoroughfare of my childhood. On the block near Napoleon Avenue, Winsberg’s was next to the Hibernia Bank (now the Mignon Faget studio), and there was a dime store with a soda fountain (now Peaches).
Monday, December 04, 2017
It’s a bright, beautiful Small Business Saturday and bookseller Tom Lowenburg is handing out name tags and lanyards to local authors at Octavia Books to act as booksellers-for-a-day. Michael Tisserand, author of "Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in …
Saturday, December 02, 2017
Shopping locally helps employ neighbors and keeps dollars close to home. But many local businesses take it a step further by dedicating a portion of proceeds from some sales to good causes, from music to education to animal welfare.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Creativity. Imagination. Mystery. Those are the watchwords of Walter Isaacson’s new biography, “Leonardo da Vinci,” the most recent in his studies of such well-known men of genius as Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.
Friday, November 03, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
At 27, Simeon Marsalis has learned one of the most important lessons in writing. “A big part of my process is ‘don’t be afraid,’ ” he said. “You know that saying, don’t be afraid to kill your darlings — I may have taken that too far. ... This nove…
Monday, October 23, 2017
When Sue Quiroz met horror author Anne Rice at a book signing in 1988, Quiroz got more than an autograph in her copy of "Queen of the Damned."
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Rhonda Shear dials in to the phone interview from her “Barbie dream house” in Florida, speaking over the yaps of five rescue dogs (four Chihuahuas and one Yorkie).
Monday, October 16, 2017
Morgan Babst looks around the cork-lined walls of her office, where images and notes are pinned for inspiration and reference, and sees a new novel taking shape. Over time, the world of that book will come to surround her.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Author and Tulane University professor Jesmyn Ward was named a MacArthur Fellow on Wednesday, a validation of her body of work in both fiction and nonfiction.
Friday, September 29, 2017
For writer and historian Peter Dedek, a tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 may offer the most poignant commentary on the state of New Orleans' famous historic cemeteries.