NOLA BOOK AND LITERARY NEWS

from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
Dewberry and Butler, before the events that (may have?) spawed the novel
Dewberry and Butler, before the events that (may have?) spawed the novel

Robert Olen Butler’s new novel, A Small Hotel, follows the final falling-apart of a long marriage, set in a room in the Olivier House in the French Quarter—the couple had fallen in love in that hotel, and it’s where the wife returned the day before the divorce proceedings.

By all indications, it sounds like a solid book, praised by critics across the board (it’s on Oprah’s summer reading list), but those attentive to Butler’s personal trajectory might be unable to read it without the nagging recollection of his own (very public) divorce a few years ago from poet Elizabeth Dewberry.

An article from March in the LA Times ‘Jacket Copy’ section—which is still alive, despite the LA Times’ book review laying off all its freelancers—describes why A Small Hotel might be a bad idea: because it parallels somewhat closely Dewberry’s divorce of Butler, with hints of her childhood molestation by her grandfather, who apparently looked like Ted Turner, for whom Dewberry left Butler. This all came out via an elaborate email from Butler to a grad student that Gawker got ahold of and spread around the world. Yikes.

 

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 [...]