Reading at McKeown’s Books

I’m delighted to be reading with Matt Roberts, Katy Smith, Geoff Munsterman, and Cassie Pruyn at McKeown’s Books (and Difficult Music) the week after Thanksgiving, on Tuesday, December 3rd. McKeown’s has been running a Tuesday night reading series of late, to combat the midweek and midwinter woes, and it’s a pleasure to join such fine company.

The theme will be something along the line of works-in-progress and works-just-published: 7pm, with wine, nibbles, and a break in-between to refill your glass. We’d love to see you there.

Unfathomable City launch events

The long-awaited Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas has finally appeared in print, featuring contributions from scores of local writers, artists, designers, and researchers, and to celebrate its arrival the venerable Rebeccas Snedeker and Solnit, its two co-editors, are hosting a passel of launch events this coming weekend. More information is available around, but they’ll be appearing at Garden District Bookshop on Thursday night, NOMA on Friday night, and at Press Street on Saturday night. If you’re in the area, it’s well worth stopping in at one of these events — simply put, this book is exquisite.

Books and Booze with the Tennessee Williams Festival

I’m delighted, if slightly nervous, to be appearing as part of the Tennessee Williams Festival’s French Quarter Scavenger Hunt this coming weekend, a hunt affectionately titled “Books and Booze.” (What did Ben Franklin say about picking a vice?) The hunt runs from 5-10pm on Friday evening, the 22nd, and will feature the titular pleasures as well as trivia, clues, prizes, and of course, fame and glory for the winning team.

More details are available here: Note that all tickets must be purchased in advance — none will be available at the door. Nor, if scavenger hunters arrive late, does anyone involved in this event promise to keep any corks in any bottles. Occupational hazards, of course.

Post-Katrina Conference at Tulane

The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South is sponsoring a day conference at Tulane this Friday, November 15th, called “After Katrina: Transnational Perspectives on the Futures of the Gulf South.” The conference is free and open to the public; details, registration, and a list of participants are available here. From the conference website:

This one-day conference, hosted by Tulane’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, is part of a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK, entitled ‘After Katrina: Projecting racial, transnational and environmental futures beyond the American Century’. This project is run by Anna Hartnell from Birkbeck, University of London, who is a visiting scholar at Tulane in autumn 2013, and whose research is attempting to locate post-Katrina New Orleans within larger national and international debates about the changing status of the United States in the twenty-first century. The conference seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars – working across the arts, cultural studies, geography, environmental studies, architecture, law, etc. – and artists, activists and organizers in New Orleans and the region, to explore the ways in which global perspectives on Katrina might open up new ways of envisaging the futures of the Gulf South.



Young Writers Workshop at Walter Anderson Museum of Art

I’m delighted to say that the Young Writers Workshop at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, originally scheduled for September but postponed due to Tropical Storm Karen, will be taking place this coming weekend instead on November 9th. Running from 9am-4pm at WAMA in Ocean Springs, this workshop is open to all writers of any experience level at the high school and college level who are interested in writing about the arts. We’ll be working with poetry, fiction, and short nonfiction inspired by Anderson’s work, and we’ll have a student reading at the end of the day.

More information and signup details are available at the WAMA website or by calling the Museum at 228-872-3164.