from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.

Thanks for your patience, loyal readers. We know you’ve been lolling around in the heat wishing for some book and literary news to ease the tedium of summer–or, hopefully, you’ve been out frolicking and dancing and swimming and didn’t even notice we were gone–but, regardless, we’re back. Except that we’re going on another, shorter, furlough toward the end of the month, but that should be it. Can’t be helped. You’ve been warned. After that, we’re all yours.

A couple pieces related to local book and literary goings-on have popped up elsewhere in the absence of Rm220 posts, written by none other than our fearless editor, Nathan C. Martin. First, intrepid investigative journalism website and Room 220 friend The Lens posted an op-ed in which Martin recounts a year of hosting literary events–the Lens editors, wary of running hard-hitting journalism for years without respite, welcomed the self-congratulating fluff piece with open arms.

Over at the Oxford American‘s snazzy new website, which features loads of content that smartly parses Southern arts and culture, Martin looks at Baton Rouge-based music writer Alex Cook’s new book, Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisiana’s Juke Joints, Honky-Tonks, and Dance Halls. In it, Cook chronicles his roaming among music venues in the state, wringing his hands about the cultural conversation unfolding before him, and drinking and eating.

Coming up, we’ve got a long-form interview with Lawrence Powell, author of widely loved The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans, conducted by Ari Braverman, and another long interview with Daniel Wolff, author of The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back, conducted by Jenga Mwendo. Plus, we’ll continue our regular incisive commentary on that which occurs between dust jackets in town. We’re also in the process of organizing the fall lineup of Room 220 events, which will feature some pretty incredible writers from near and far, and at least some readings will take place at the new Press Street HQ on St. Claude Avenue, into which we plan to move in November.

It’s good to be back. Now get to reading!


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 [...]


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.


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 [...]