NOLA BOOK AND LITERARY NEWS

from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
Michael Martone implores the audience to turn their cell phones on and, after giving out his phone number, asks audience members to text him if they get bored. Photos: Nathan C. Martin
Michael Martone implores the audience to turn their cell phones on and, after giving out his phone number, asks audience members to text him if they get bored. Photos: Nathan C. Martin

First off, thanks to everyone who came out to Thursday’s reading. Second, if there’s anyone out there who knows how to use a camera and would like to take pictures of Room 220 events, please drop a line to nathan [at] press-street.com, because I apparently have no idea how to make a picture. You’ll get photo credits, free drinks at the events (though, they’re free anyway), and much love.

Michael Lee and Christopher Hellwig read (and write) together at The Brothers Goat

Other than that, the initial installment of the Room 220 “Live Prose at the Antenna Gallery” fall lineup was a resounding success, with over 70 attendees, rollicking readings by Michael Martone and The Brothers Goat (Michael J. Lee and Christopher Hellwig), and good times had by all. Hellwig and Lee, who read stories together on which they collaborated, disturbed and amused the audience with well-wrought tales of crime, paranoia, despair, and a very unnerving black-eyed dog. Martone was hilarious, reading from his collection of fictional contributor’s notes, Michael Martone, his fictional travel guide to Indiana, The Blue Guide to Indiana, and his new collection of short fiction, Four for a Quarter, including a piece titled “The Sex Lives of the Fantastic Four.”

This month, the Live Prose continues with the release party for Mark Yakich’s new novel,  A Meaning for Wife, on October 27. Yakich, an accomplished poet and Loyola professor, will be reading along with Laura Ellen Scott, whose new book is set in New Orleans and concerns, among other things, resurrecting Elvis. In November, Room 220 is very excited to host The Paris Review‘s Southern editor, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and Nathaniel Rich. More details here.

Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

Photo by Sophie Lvoff in WE'RE PREGNANT

We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]

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How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

Beautifully designed, sometimes fun, always informative, How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a work in Progress, is a reflection of the many ways that New Orleanians have realized our way towards recovery, actively and creatively engaging with our communities.

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Bitter Ink
by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]