NOLA BOOK AND LITERARY NEWS

from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
These dandies don't think my festival is gay enough. Well.
These dandies don't think my festival is gay enough. Well.

I still don’t quite know what to make of the fact that, even though the city’s major literary festival is an homage to Tennessee Williams, there’s still demand for a specifically LGBT literary festival as well, the Saints and Sinners Fest. Is the TWF not gay enough to satisfy the queer New Orleans literary set? Are people still upset that Williams didn’t publicly come out of the closet until after the Stonewall riots, when he’d been fellating men for over 40 years? Have the straights simply hijacked the TWF to the point that queer writers feel underrepresented? Or is it just such a tourist-centric event than any emphasis on Williams’ homosexuality might be deemed bad for business? I’d bet it’s more of the last two. I’ll ponder this and get back to you.

In the meantime, submissions are open for the annual SAS short fiction contest. Regardless whether you’re queer or square, submit your unpublished short stories between 5,000 – 7,000 words with GLBT content on the broad theme “Saints and Sinners” (read: get sexy; where’s all my Poppy Z. Brite fans?) for the chance to win $250 and publication in an anthology from QueerMojo Press. Author Dorothy Allison will select the winners (second and third place get $50). Allison is the author of Cavedweller, which was a New York Times notable book of the year, Bastard Out of Carolina, a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award, and edited early feminist and LGBT journals Quest, Conditions, and Outlook.

More details on the contest 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 [...]

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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 [...]