Laura Lane McNeal joins a group of authors signing books and chatting with the public, when the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society hosts a reception at Faulkner House Books Sunday, July 20. The “My New Orleans” event celebrates the wealth of local (and transplanted) writing talent in the city and introduces recent literary releases. The reception begins at 2:30 p.m. and a talk by the authors follows at 3:30 p.m.

Appearing at the event with McNeal are:

  • Angela Carll, who compiled “Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans” after identifying sites in New Orleans — including homes, apartments, hotels, restaurants, and bars — where writers lived, worked or played during their time in the city. Writers include William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Anne Rice, William Rice Burroughs, Eudora Welty, Richard Ford, and many more.
  • Amy Carolyn Conner, who wrote “The Right Thing,” a novel about an unconventional friendship set in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s. Conner was born in Wyoming, attended Newcomb College, and traveled extensively. She has lived full-time in New Orleans since 2004 and calls it “the city she loves most.”
  • Michael Moffitt, who penned “Granddad’s Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America,” a thought-provoking examination of the nation’s principles and values. Moffitt, a Chicago native, grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has lived in New Orleans for most of his adult life. He and his wife Brenda are civically active, especially in their support of the New Orleans Museum of Art.
  • Michael Murphy, who authored “Eat Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Unique Food Culture of the Crescent City.” Having spent more than 30 years in the book publishing business (first at Random House, then William Morrow before going out on his own), he chose to settle in New Orleans in 2009 after realizing he could operate his publishing company, Max & Co., from anywhere in the world.