from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
Friends of the Jefferson Parish Library unload books for the big extravaganza!!! Whhhooooo!!!!
Friends of the Jefferson Parish Library unload books for the big extravaganza!!! Whhhooooo!!!!

Common sense suggests that the vast majority of the 60,000 used books, DVDs, CDs, VHS, cassettes, and records on sale this Thursday through Sunday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner will be total crap. But, in such volume, there are not only bound to be some gems, but my guess is that the reading public out in Jefferson Parish is such that quite a few quality books have probably gone un-checked-out for some time, and therefore end up in the sale stock. Can you imagine a first-edition Norman Rush novel or collection of Adrienne Rich’s poetry gathering dust on a shelf in Metairie for years until some granny librarian decides to pull it for the sale? I can. I found a first-edition copy of Rock Springs by Richard Ford in a thrift store on Airline Highway in Kenner while I was searching for Mardi Gras costume components.

I’ve never been to the Big Book Sale before, so maybe I’m being optimistic, but if you’ve got the time and the inclination, it might be worth the trip, especially since all selections are allegedly in good condition and will be sold at reasonable prices.

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 [...]


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.


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 [...]