The accent is on “Heritage” in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival book tent Saturday and Sunday, where nearly a dozen authors will be on hand to sign their latest works and chat up interested fans.
Book topics range from politics to food to music and beyond, as they examine dimensions of local culture that can be explored best through the printed page.
This is the 30th Jazz Fest that the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association has sponsored the tent. All proceeds from sales go to benefit child literacy.
Don’t want to lug books around the Fair Grounds? The Booksellers will gladly hold purchases for pickup at the end of the day.
Saturday, April 26
- DEAN ALGER, “THE ORIGINAL GUITAR HERO AND THE POWER OF MUSIC: Noon to 1 p.m. Dean Alger, “The Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music and Civil Rights.” The writer, analyst, and consultant pens the first full-length book on Johnson, a New Orleans-born guitar virtuoso who influenced other guitarists and played with Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
- JAY MAZZA, “NOT JUST ANOTHER THURSDAY NIGHT: Kermit Ruffins and Vaughan’s Lounge.” 1 to 2 p.m. The author attended more than 350 performances by Ruffins at the Bywater bar in order to compile this book of stories about the famed performer and his venue.
- EDWARD BRANLEY, “NEW ORLEANS JAZZ.”: 2 to 3 p.m. A New Orleans native and former high school history teacher, Branley wrote the book for Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series.
- JEREMY LABADIE AND ARGYLE WOLF-KNAPP, “NEW ORLEANS BEER, A HOPPY HISTORY OF BIG EASY BREWING”: 3 to 4 p.m. The authors follow the history of beer brewing from its beginnings to current trends in craft beers.
- CAROLYN KOLB, “NEW ORLEANS MEMORIES, ONE WRITER’S CITY”: 4 to 5 p.m. The former Times-Picayune reporter and columnist for New Orleans Magazine pens a personal introduction to her favorite New Orleans places and people.
- RICHARD CAMPANELLA, “BOURBON STREET”: 5 to 6 p.m. The geographer, professor and writer offers a historic perspective on one of the city’s most notorious streets.
Sunday, April 27
- PATRICE KONONCHEK, “IN A WHILE CROCODILE, NEW ORLEANS SLOW COOKER RECIPES”: Noon to 1 p.m. Kononchek and her sister-in-law Lauren Keller (both New Orleanians) adapt traditional local recipes for the slow-cooker.
- JOHN WIRT, “HUEY ‘PIANO’ SMITH AND THE ROCKING PNEUMONIA BLUES”: 1 to 2 p.m. Wirt, music writer for The New Orleans Advocate, explores the musical legacy and life of the versatile musician and songwriter.
- REBECCA SNEDEKER, “UNFATHOMABLE CITY”: 2 to 3 p.m. Snedeker and co-author Rebecca Solnit delve into the history and culture of New Orleans via essays and original maps.
- DONALD LINK, “DOWN SOUTH - BOURBON, PORK, GULF SHRIMP & SECOND HELPINGS OF EVERYTHING”: 3 to 4 p.m.: The chef and restaurateur produces a new book filled with tales of the cultures that produce authentic Southern cooking, as well as recipes.
- MATT SAKAKEENY, “ROLL WITH IT- BRASS BANDS IN THE STREETS OF NEW ORLEANS”: 4 to 5 p.m. The assistant professor of music at Tulane University presents his account of the lives of musicians in the Soul Rebels, Hot 8, and Rebirth brass bands.
R. Stephanie Bruno can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.