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
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.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Anne Gisleson opens the door of her Bywater cottage, the visitor walks in, and then there they are — right in the middle of her new memoir, “The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading.”
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Erica Spindler caught the writing bug in 1982, right along with a bad summer cold. A K&B cashier tucked a free Nora Roberts novel into the bag with her Kleenex and cold medicine.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Southeastern Louisiana University Professor of English Jack Bedell, of Hammond, is the new poet laureate for Louisiana.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
A book release and gallery show event will celebrate Ron Calamia's latest project, "FanTastic Saints," at 8 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie.
Monday, August 07, 2017
During the heyday of his local supermarket empire, John G. Schwegmann was known for clearly distilling his thoughts on any number of topics onto the sides of his store’s brown shopping bags. His writing also turned up in local newspapers, in full-…
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
In 1999, novelist Julia Glass made a memorable first visit to the Crescent City, attending Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, to receive the William Faulkner Prize for best novella. She remembers a candlelit party in St. Anthony’s G…
Friday, July 14, 2017
There are degrees by which each of us must think about our body, and how we pilot it through space. Gender, sex and sexuality, injury and illness, disability, race and size are all factors in how we make our way through the world.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Moonlit evenings, campfires on the beach, fishing and swimming and watching storms roll into the Gulf of Mexico: It's how Allain C. Andry III passed most of the summers of his life.