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…
Saturday, August 11, 2018
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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, 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.”
Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Monday, May 07, 2018
Sunday, May 06, 2018
In “Winnebagos on Wednesdays: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education,” (Princeton University Press), Scott Cowen acknowledges that in many ways, he fits the mold of the typical university president. He's a white male baby boomer w…
Monday, April 30, 2018
Food and family, as we know in the South, are inextricably intertwined, bound by long habits of loving, the strong hold of tradition, human concern and generosity. In “The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table,” veteran Southern stor…
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
For a guy whose novel is titled “The City of Lost Fortunes,” Bryan Camp is quick to count the ways his own have mounted up. His conversation is sprinkled with expressions of gratitude and “here’s another time good fortune was heaped upon me,” as h…
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project at Southeastern Louisiana University is accepting applications for its Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
“I was the girl in the restaurant reading, in a corner of the sofa at the party or at the play rehearsal with a book,” Iris Cohen recalls of her French Quarter upbringing. “It was an artistic, bohemian environment, and there weren’t many kids around.”
Sunday, April 01, 2018
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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith will visit Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond on Monday as part of the university’s Common Read program.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Eno Edet is a writer and artist who frequently finds himself in bizarre situations. He seeks them out, but chaos seems inclined to find him as well.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
New Orleans’ favorite playwright takes center stage at the 32nd annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (March 21-25), and this year the city itself plays a strong supporting role as the festival celebrates the New Orleans Tricentennial.
The 2018 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, running through March 25, hosts a wide variety of speakers, performances, panel discussions and staged readings. Headquartered at the Hotel Monteleone, events take place across multiple ve…
Monday, March 19, 2018
The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival began, like many good things in New Orleans, as a conversation among friends. Partners Paul Willis and Greg Herren were musing over the possibility of combining ways to reach out with information about HIV/…
In these days of email and text, we often forget what treasures letters are — fragile pieces of paper where we share our sweetest affections, our deepest dreams, our greatest hopes, even our moments of despair. Tennessee Williams was a prolific le…
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Comics have been part of America’s popular culture since the turn of the 20th century, but they’ve never taken up the bandwidth they do now. "Black Panther" became part of the national conversation on race and gender when the movie premiered in Fe…
Monday, March 12, 2018
“Guess what I paid for a biscuit this morning,” writer Tayari Jones said, speaking from her hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. “You’ll never guess. Six dollars! And it was a good one too — so warm and fluffy. Good thing it was six dollars or I would h…