NOLA BOOK AND LITERARY NEWS

from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.

MICHAEL MARTONE short story collection release party

EVENT: Thursday September 29, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
@ Antenna Gallery, 3161 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
michael-martone-WIDE

Michael Martone—author of twelve books of fiction and nonfiction and contributor to Harper’s, Esquire, The Best American Essays and The Best American Short Stories—will celebrate the release of a new book of short stories along with two of his former students, Michael J. Lee and Christopher Hellwig on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Antenna Gallery.

Martone has taught at the University of Alabama since 1996, and previously at Harvard and Syracuse Universities. Frederick Barthelme said of Martone’s new collection, Four for a Quarter (FC2): “Reading Michael Martone’s FOUR FOR A QUARTER is like flipping through radio stations in your car in the middle of the night in West Texas, a wash of wonderful elegiac fragments, memories, anecdotes, haunting bits and pieces of ordinary days, from Beatles’ backstories to the Eat Mor Chikin cow, from Santa Claus to baseball under the lights to six sad ways to lose a baby.  Always engaging, at times funny, utterly affecting, this remarkable collection leads us through a dizzying collage of times, places, people and things, sights and sounds at once thrilling and scary.”

Martone is at once a brilliant orator and a captivating showman. A staunch enemy of boredom, his readings are often punctuated throughout by sidenotes and anecdotes, calls for audience participation (though, for those of you who attended the Jesus Angel Garcia reading, fear not, there will be nothing pornographic), and general tomfoolery. Below is a video of a lecture on Homer that Martone gave at the University of Houston-Victoria in 2009, which he prefaces by asking all members of the audience to turn their cell phones on.

Martone’s former students Michael J. Lee and Christopher Hellwig are accomplished fiction writers living in New Orleans. Their collaborative fiction, published under the byline The Brothers Goat, has appeared in Sleepingfish and Conjunctions.

Michael J. Lee is the author of the short story collection Something in My Eye, forthcoming this year from Sarabande Books. Francine Prose selected the book for the 2010 Mary McCarthy Prize in short fiction. Lee’s stories have appeared in 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers, edited by Blake Butler and Lily Hoang, as well as The Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly Review, and other places. He is fiction editor of the New Orleans Review and recently finished writing his first novel. Prose had this to say about Something in My Eye: “I was drawn to Michael J. Lee’s line-up of loners and drifters, imperiled children, and haunted psychos neither because I want to hang out with these bad boys, nor because I plan to cross the street when I see them coming, but because the invitation to inhabit their minds, to see the world through their eyes, and to watch their often unsettling stories play out in space and time enables Lee to do all sorts of extremely interesting things with consciousness and language.” Read Michael Lee’s account of studying under Michael Martone at Room 220.

Christopher Hellwig is the author of Gerner’s Retired Lives of Gunslingers, a forthcoming collection of fictional biographies of gunslingers. An excerpt from that book appeared in the most recent issue of the New Orleans Review and was republished on Press Street’s Room 220.  His fiction has also appeared in Fairy Tale Review, WebConjunctions, and elsewhere. He teaches at the University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College.

This reading is part of the Room 220 Live Prose at the Antenna Gallery reading series.

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.

final_cover (2)

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 [...]

curtain_optional (2)

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 [...]

howtorebuild

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.

bitterink

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 [...]