NOLA BOOK AND LITERARY NEWS

from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.

LIVE PROSE: Matt Sumell, Anne Gisleson, and Yuri Hererra at the Antenna Gallery Outdoor Auxiliary (AOA)

EVENT: Thursday May 3, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
@ Antenna Gallery Outdoor Auxiliary (2116 St. Claude Ave., at Frenchmen Street)
From top: Matt Sumell, Anne Gisleson, and Yuri Hererra (as if gender and ethnicity didn't already give away who's who)
From top: Matt Sumell, Anne Gisleson, and Yuri Hererra (as if gender and ethnicity didn't already give away who's who)

Room 220 is pleased to present an evening of live prose with three outstanding writers on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m., at the Antenna Gallery Outdoor Auxiliary (2116 St. Claude Ave., at Frenchmen Street, next door to Melvin’s). Matt Sumell, Anne Gisleson, and Yuri Herrera will read, music will be played, and complimentary libations will be on hand. It’s a party.

Matt Sumell’s story “Toast” is the lead piece of fiction in the current issue of The Paris Review. He was honored at the prestigious—and utterly fresh and renewed!—publication’s annual black-tie fundraiser recently with a warm welcome, and after the event he broke his hand in a fistfight with a parked car. His fiction is similar to that evening—at turns exquisite and sophisticated, absurd, hilarious, and somewhat violent in an oddly endearing way. Electric Literature has featured his work twice, and NOON published a story he wrote about his sister, Jackie Sumell, a New Orleans-based artist. Read an interview between Jackie and Matt here. We are pleased to have Matt out from his home in Los Angeles, where he is finishing his first collection of stories, Making Nice.

Anne Gisleson is a co-founder of Press Street and, although she’s completely reticent to admit it, has probably been its single staunchest driving force throughout the organization’s existence. An accomplished fiction writer in her own right, Gisleson turned exclusively to nonfiction following Hurricane Katrina. She has since published an array of stunning personal essays in The Atlantic, The Believer, Ecotone, and The Oxford American. The latter featured her celebrated rumination on the Saturn Bar, which was later republished in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is a native New Orleanian and teaches at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

Yuri Herrera is widely considered one of the best young writers working in Spanish. His novel Trabajos del reino won the Premio Binacional de Novela Joven and received the Otras voces, otros ámbitos prize for the best novel published in Spain in 2008. His second novel, Señales que precederán al fin del mundo was a finalist for the Rómulo Gallegos Prize. His books have been translated into several languages, and this year Faber and Faber will release Kingdom Cons, an English translation of his first book. A native of Mexico and longtime resident of Mexico City, Herrera’s fiction often explores contemporary issues facing his country, including rampant drug violence and the narcocultura that has emerged with it. He currently teaches as a Mellon Fellow at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane and lives in New Orleans.

Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

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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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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

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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 [...]