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.
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.