It takes a certain kind of charm to convince a patron at a charity gala to spend thousands of dollars on something they didn’t know they wanted. That’s exactly the charm wielded by Lake Charles native Lydia Fenet, auctioneer for Christie's.
Books in dozens of genres, plus CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, sheet music, original artwork and posters will be for sale at the 66th annual Symphony Book Fair this weekend at the UNO Lakefront Arena, as an enthusiastic team of volunteers rallies to su…
"Louisiana Poets, A Literary Guide" by Catharine Savage Brosman and Olivia McNeely Pass, University Press of Mississippi, 256 pages, cloth cover, $28
When Meg Tilly was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 for her supporting role in "Agnes of God," the 25-year-old sat in the audience on Oscar night hoping Anjelica Huston would walk away with the prize.
In the skillful writing of biographer Nigel Hamilton, history is a living thing, something you can see and hear, reach out and touch. History has an immediacy for him that has come to life in more than 25 books.
New Orleans author Robert W. Fieseler's debut book has been awarded the 2019 Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime by the Mystery Writers of America.
When Opal Grapes and the other Army nurses at the Axminster station hospital near the English Channel heard a terrible roaring early on June 6, 1944, they knew their personal longest day had begun.
Bryan Washington is a connoisseur of cities. He knows the streets and neighborhoods of his native Houston well, delineating the porous borders of city life with the precision of a cartographer. In his first collection of short stories, “Lot,” almo…
“Lucky Enough: A Year of a Dad’s Daily Notes of Encouragement and Life Lessons to His Daughter” by Chris Yandle, Page Publishing, 214 pages, paperback, $15.95
Like previous years, the 2019 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival features an impressive lineup of writers, scholars and theatrical performances dedicated to America’s favorite playwright.
When Nick Mueller walks through the D-Day section of the National WWII Museum, it’s not the wall-sized picture of the German defense structures on Omaha and Utah beaches he wants visitors to see.
The arc of Carnival history is both long and predictable. Someone has an idea for a good time, someone else agrees, friends gather to make it happen, and next thing you know, you’ve been doing it for half a century with more than 1,000 people.
On any list of famous Supreme Court rulings, Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 case that resulted in the “separate but equal” ruling, appears near the top.
This is a story about a courageous woman who found her voice and the dedicated man who wrote a book about it.
"I told myself I didn't know why I was standing on the bank of a tidal stream in rain that was coming down harder by the second. That wasn't true. For me, the rain has always been the conduit between the visible and the unseen worlds …The rain was…
Hitting the greatest home run in the history of LSU baseball 23 years ago continues to give Warren Morris opportunities to share stories of that moment — and his faith.
Award-winning authors Jack Bedell, Jason Berry, Alysson Foti Bourque, Dima Ghawi, C.H. Lawler and Erica Spindler are on tap for the Writers and Readers Symposium to be held Saturday, Feb. 16, in St. Francisville.
It’s a wonderful thing when the stars align for a book, when the book is brilliant, the writer is ready, and the readership is eager. Expect that to happen as New Orleanian Maurice Carlos Ruffin debuts his new novel, “We Cast a Shadow.”
"Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths: From Alexander to Hitler to the Corporation" by Joseph N. Abraham, MD; University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press; 304 pages; paperback; $24.95
Like many good ideas in New Orleans, Luna Press began over drinks on a French Quarter balcony. Photographer Josephine Sacabo and her husband, writer Dalt Wonk, recalled a visit with Mexican guests, during which discussion turned to founding a publ…
Mads Mikkelsen’s roles as the dark sorcerer in “Dr. Strange” and Imperial scientist in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” more than qualify him for this weekend’s Wizard World New Orleans.
When Jennifer Beaver received her first Birchbox subscription box as a gift last Christmas, she became part of a trend.
It’s the gift giving season, and the selection of local books is particularly rich this year. Any New Orleanian would love finding one of these volumes under the tree, whether it’s a gorgeous art book or a fascinating history or a dream of Crescen…
Comic book characters and their creators have become Hollywood’s darlings, with superheroes from Iron Man to Wonder Woman starring in today’s blockbuster films.
Jason Berry is one of the great journeyman writers of New Orleans, a virtuoso of genres. He has done it all — straightforward journalism (“Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children”), cultural history (“Up from…
Love of place is a passion as strong as any other. For writer Sheryl St. Germain, love of Louisiana began with a free-range childhood in Kenner, living on Williams Boulevard between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi.
Every biographer shares a special moment with a subject, a feeling of closeness, recognition, even love. For Anne Boyd Rioux, author of the new book “Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of 'Little Women' and Why It Still Matters,” that moment came on…
Had there not been a Nancy Drew, and a young girl named Diana who vicariously solved mysteries on the page with the teenage sleuth, best-selling author Ellen Hart would not be boarding a plane to New Orleans to accept an award for her latest crime…