NOLA BOOK AND LITERARY NEWS

from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
Portrait via mattvalentine.com
Portrait via mattvalentine.com

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Gulfport, Miss., native Natasha Trethewey will speak at Loyola University on Thursday, Nov. 10, as part of the university’s Biever Guest Lecture Series.  Trethewey’s first book of poems, Domestic Work, was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the 1999 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Native Guard, won the Pulitzer. She has since released a third collection of poems, Bellocq’s Ophelia.

Trethewey will be discussing her newest book, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the event. The book is inspired by Robert Penn Warren’s meditation Segregation: The Inner Conflict of the South, which Warren wrote in the wake of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Beyond Katrina grapples with, among many other things, the notion of nostalgia, the longing for a place that never existed. Trethewey includes an epigraph from Flannery O’Conner to this effect: “Where you came from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it.”

Click here for a video (which for some reason is not on Youtube) of Trethewey discussing the book.

Below, an Emory University Distinguished Faculty Lecture that Trethewey gave on why she writes, in which she riffs on T.S. Eliot, George Orwell, and Black History Month in the first few breaths.

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 [...]

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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 [...]