When Jennifer Beaver received her first Birchbox subscription box as a gift last Christmas, she became part of a trend.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Monday, December 03, 2018
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…
Saturday, December 01, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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.
Friday, November 09, 2018
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
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…
Monday, November 05, 2018
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.
Saturday, November 03, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018
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…
Sunday, October 07, 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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…
Monday, September 24, 2018
Stacks of heavy cardboard boxes, sealed with duct tape, crowd the guest bedroom of the Patton family’s Arabella Street home. But they’re not stuffed with family belongings. Each box contains books donated by authors and publishers from around the …
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Keith O'Brien.^ Octavia Books~, 513 Octavia St.~ — The author discusses and signs "Fly Girls — Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History." octaviabooks.com. 6 p.m. Monday.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Warren Lipka and his tribe of misfits were not successful in their poorly planned quest to relieve the rare book collection at Transylvania University of its Havells, but that doesn't mean others have not tried and succeeded at similar crimes.
“American Animals” may not have been the blockbuster film of the summer, but it told the fascinating and true story of 20-year-old Warren Lipka, who planned a daring theft in Lexington, Kentucky, in 2004.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Friday, September 07, 2018
Anne Gisleson.^ Hubbell Library~, 725 Pelican Ave., Algiers~ — The author discusses and signs her book "The Futilitarians — Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving and Reading." 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Friday, August 31, 2018
“I am here to provoke you.” That’s what novelist Bernice McFadden tells her students at Tulane University. She’s there to challenge their thinking, push their writing, make them aware of issues.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
As the warthog dances, pirouettes and leaps across the pages of Alex Beard's newest "Tale from the Watering Hole," he tells absurd lies that any jungle beast would recognize as pure, self-aggrandizing fiction.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
In all its color, celebration, and controversy, the history of Southern Decadence over the past five decades is the history of New Orleans' LGBT community.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Julia Reed’s new book, “South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in My Native Land,” is a true Southern miscellany, covering everything from Honey Boo Boo to opossums and gators, eating well and throwing great parties, listening to the best…
Saturday, August 11, 2018
In 1918, a Czechoslovakian immigrant fled his native land and came to work for a float designer in New Orleans. Between seasons, the man some knew as George Blattny decamped to Grand Isle, where he turned his paintbrushes to tales of pirates, earl…
Sunday, August 05, 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Friday, July 20, 2018
Monday, July 09, 2018
For everyone who loves a stroll along Canal Street or St. Charles Avenue, there’s another New Orleanian whose heart belongs to a street along Bayou St. John.
Thursday, July 05, 2018
Don’t let Kent Wascom’s easy laugh or warm blue eyes fool you. His cheery exterior belies one of the darkest, most compelling writerly imaginations around.
Sunday, July 01, 2018
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The 1987 publication of “I’m With the Band” introduced Pamela Des Barres to people outside the rock ’n’ roll world. The book’s subtitle — “Confessions of a Groupie” — explains its popularity and infamy.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
“Pistols and Politics: Feuds, Factions, and the Struggle for Order in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes, 1810-1935” by Samuel C. Hyde Jr., LSU Press, $27.95, paperback
Thursday, June 14, 2018
In the long struggle for civil rights, we’ve all heard of the bridge at Selma, the bus boycott in Montgomery — but what about libraries?
Thursday, June 07, 2018
“It’s not a good time,” I told my friend when I answered the phone. “I’m Swedish death cleaning.”