NOLA BOOK AND LITERARY NEWS

from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
K-Doe on the Creole Queen circa 1991
K-Doe on the Creole Queen circa 1991

The Historic New Orleans Collection will celebrate the launch of Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans by Ben Sandmel this Wednesday, April 11, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the HNOC HQ, 533 Royal Street. Sandmel will sit for an interview with Karen Celestan—co-author of the Harold Battiste Jr. biography the HNOC put out in 2010—in the presence of the grand Ernie K-Doe statue, and food and drink will be on hand. The book has received wide praise, and this will not be the last chance to catch Sandmel speaking live about it (he’s booked April 14 at Octavia, among other places), but I anticipate Wednesday’s event will be special and I urge you to attend.

Stay tuned for the Room 220 review of Emperor of New Orleans. In the meantime, read an excerpt from the book and visit the official Mother-in-Law site, which features, among many other things, information about the 50th Anniversary Mother-in-Law Extravaganza!!!

 

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 [...]

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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 [...]