The program for the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival has now been announced; with a range of truly superb writers and speakers, it promises to be one of the best festivals yet. I’m delighted to sit on a panel with David Johnson, Radclyfe, and Bill Lavender to discuss the state of the publishing industry today. More information, including how to obtain panel passes and tickets to other special events, is available at the Festival’s website.
The kind folks at Bayou, the literary magazine of UNO, have a brief essay on the writing process for Hattiesburg. My thanks again to the editors.
For those in the Hattiesburg area, this weekend sees the public display of the city’s newest Little Free Libraries, an initiative to boost appreciation of books and reading in local communities. Sponsored by the Hattiesburg Arts Council, the libraries will be available for view during a reception this coming Saturday, February 7th, from 3-5pm at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center. The program will begin around 3.40pm. After this exhibition, the libraries will be installed at locations around town. More information is available at the Little Free Libraries and the HAC webpage.
The Tulane New Wave has a short write-up about next Wednesday’s launch with Brian Boyles, including a lovely photograph in which we are beyond honored to appear in the same frame with the peerless Richard Ford. Cue fanboy thrills immediately.
I’m delighted to say that the New Orleans book launch for Hattiesburg has now been confirmed. I’m honored to join Brian Boyles, author of the just-published New Orleans Boom and Blackout: One Hundred Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot (also with the History Press), for a joint launch hosted by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University. The launch(es) will take place on Wednesday, February 4th, at 7.00pm in Freeman Auditorium on Tulane’s campus, and will be followed by a discussion, reception, and book signing. Joel Dinerstein, Director of the NOCGS, will moderate the event. Details of the after-party are still to be announced, but we’re almost certain it will involve a glass of wine.
My thanks again to the NOCGS for their gracious sponsorship of the early research for the book, and for their kindness in hosting the two of us next month. Come one, come all — this event is open to the public.
The Hattiesburg American has a brief op-ed piece up for the holidays today, on the spirit of giving. ‘Tis the season!
As the Gambit Weekly and Room 220 both report, tomorrow night is the launch of A Soul Under Construction: The Written Word by Kendall Michelle Daigle. Daigle was a remarkably talented young New Orleans writer who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year; it was a genuine honor to have worked with her family to serve as the editor of this beautiful book, and Taylor Murrow describes it well when she writes that “Through each page, it becomes more clear that Kendall Daigle was a force, a young writer who wrote with an alarming urgency, seemingly not only because she enjoyed it, but because she had to, to release the pressure bubbling up inside.”
The launch will take place at 6pm tomorrow night (Thursday, December 18), at 5 Press Gallery. With food, music, and readings of Kendall’s work, it’s sure to be a special evening. Open to all.
Update (1/7): a film of the evening is now available, courtesy of the Daigle family.