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The post-Katrina literary output of current and former Gambit writers has been prodigious. Chris Rose's 1 Dead in Attic, first published in a limited edition in 2006, was such a popular and critical success that an updated version was issued in 2007. These columns from The Times-Picayune are a weekly diary of a city beginning to stir from a death blow, and a man trying to do the same.

  Former Gambit editor Michael Tisserand, who relocated to Lafayette with his wife and young children in the months after the flood, published Sugarcane Academy, a nonfiction book about New Orleans refugees in Cajun country setting up their own school while waiting to move home.

  Food critic Ian McNulty returned to Mid-City in a boat two weeks after the flood, and he told the story of that neighborhood's devastation and struggle to revive in A Season of Night: New Orleans Life after Katrina. Meanwhile, former Gambit food critic Sara Roahen scored national success with Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table, which sketched the character of New Orleanians through the foods they ate; it was the 2009 choice of the One Book, One New Orleans community reading initiative.

  Our second-line correspondent, Big Red Cotton, published Notes From New Orleans, a collection of post-storm essays originally written for the AOL Black Voices website. It brought the people and culture of Treme to a wider audience long before the TV series of the same name, and Red continues her work at

  This month, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press is publishing the long-aborning New Orleans: What Can't Be Lost: 88 Stories and Traditions from the Sacred City, which includes essays and stories by Rose, McNulty and Gambit's special sections editor Missy Wilkinson.