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.
For those in the New Orleans area, Pelican Bomb has a brief review of a phenomenal show at the UNO Gallery on St. Claude Avenue, one worth dropping everything to go check out. Give yourself half an hour and you’ll never be the same again — and you’ll be glad.
Again, my thanks to everyone who turned out for the launch of Hattiesburg, Mississippi last week. Photos from the event are now available, courtesy of Sam McAlister Photography. And I’m delighted to say that I’ll be back in town for the annual Holiday Art Walk, signing books this coming Saturday (December 13) from 4-6pm at Main Street Books in Hattiesburg. On the same note, Main Street Books will host one more signing after that before the holidays are over, on Monday, December 22, from 4-6pm. In both cases, signatures are free; Christmas carols provided for a small fee.
My deepest thanks to all those who made last week’s book launch for Hattiesburg, Mississippi a success — Main Street Books, Oddfellows Gallery, and Twin Forks Wine and Provisions, and all those who turned out to celebrate the book and enjoy the wine, cheese, and good company. Photos from the event will be available in due course; following the Hattiesburg American’s coverage last week, WDAM (video) and the Hub City Post (news) each covered the book.
Due to increased demand — incredibly, the book sold out on the night — we’re currently exploring dates for additional signings. For those in the Hattiesburg area who would like to go ahead and reserve a copy, Main Street Books is currently taking names for an order to arrive within the next few days. Further details of signings, at MSB and other area outlets, will be posted here shortly, likely within the next day or so.
The Hattiesburg American has a lovely story on tonight’s launch — again, all are welcome, and hope to see everyone there.
Following the joy (and naps) of the holiday season, I’m delighted to say that the first week of December will have two launch events for Hattiesburg, Mississippi: A History of the Hub City, both in (where else?) the Hub City itself. First is the annual author extravaganza at Main Street Books — now in its eleventh year — on Monday, December 1st, from 4-7pm. Always a highlight of the local calendar, Main Street Books welcomes in dozens of writers to share their new books, enjoy a glass of wine, and visit with friends old and new alike.
Later that week, I’m thrilled to say, will be the official public launch of the book, with a reading, a reception and a book signing at the historic Oddfellows Gallery downtown on on Thursday, December 4 at 5.30pm. I could not be more excited to present the book to the city in this way, and for those interested in local history, a number of individuals who had a direct hand in its creation (whether as colleagues, aides-de-recherche, or interview subjects whose voices appear in the book) will be present as well. To be able to present the book in this way is an extraordinary honor, as is to be able to give back to so many without whom this book never would have been possible. This launch is open to the public; all are welcome.
Details of New Orleans events are currently in the works, and will appear in due course.
For those in the Edinburgh area, the Word Bank is hosting an afternoon of poetry and music this weekend in conjunction with the recent launch of The Evergreen, in which I’m honored to have a few poems. Details are available on the Word Bank’s website; the event begins this Sunday at 2pm, in West Port Garden in the Grassmarket. Having just received my copy in the mail, I can vouch: this book is beautiful.