The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans

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The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans is Susan Larson's informative response to questions most frequently asked her as book editor of the Times-Picayune. Tourists and locals alike want to know what to read, where authors lived, which bookstores to browse, and when literary festivals are scheduled. Now all the answers can be found in this one convenient volume, the only complete directory of New Orleans's "write life" available.. "Larson's guide includes: a brief history of the fiction writers, poets, journalists, ...
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Overview

The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans is Susan Larson's informative response to questions most frequently asked her as book editor of the Times-Picayune. Tourists and locals alike want to know what to read, where authors lived, which bookstores to browse, and when literary festivals are scheduled. Now all the answers can be found in this one convenient volume, the only complete directory of New Orleans's "write life" available.. "Larson's guide includes: a brief history of the fiction writers, poets, journalists, playwrights, historians, critics, essayists, and others who have flirted with the Crescent City's muse across the years; a tour of both famous and lesser-known sites throughout the literary landscape, including authors' homes and hangouts; an extensive reading list of favorite New Orleans titles in categories from mysteries to cooking; and a catalog of bookstores, libraries, literary events, and other resources.
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A Southerner born and bred, Spencer presents a collection of brooding black-and-white photographs of the South that read as richly as color images. His work--portraits that are clearly stage-directed but pull the viewer in, and landscapes mysteriously shrouded with mist or smoke--are technically proficient and unusual. Some images (like his picture of a headless man holding a glistening fish) are even unforgettable. And most importantly, his out-of-the-ordinary photographic printing technique doesn't overshadow the meaning and power of the images. Greiner, a New Orleans-based photographer, focuses his camera on cemeteries, a common camera subject in Louisiana. He makes uncommon images out of them, however, in large part because he shoots them in color rather than the usual black-and-white. These photos are part-landscape shots, part-portraits. Mixing humor, pathos, and deep respect, he captures the tributes that mourners have paid to the deceased and the traces of life they leave behind: flowers, shrines, framed portraits, colored gravel, plastic flowers, dead arrangements on scarecrow-like wreath-stands, potted plants, religious statuary, and, of course, gravestones of every variety. Both books contain good-quality, lively reproductions, and both are recommended for photographic collections.--Kathleen Collins, Bank of America Corporate Archives, San Francisco Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Ghoulish? No. These photos reveal Southern graveyards in all their joyful color, flaunting their eclectic adornements—statues, photos, shells, trinkets, even a pink bicycle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807124161
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Larson, book editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1988 to 2009, now hosts WWNO's public radio program The Reading Life. A founder of the Women's National Book Association of New Orleans and a board member of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library, she continues to support and share New Orleans's literary heritage.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Welcome 1
Tales of the Crescent City 9
Literary New Orleanians: Where the Writers Are and Were 42
A New Orleans Reading List 116
New Orleans Bookshops 174
What's Happening through the Year: A Literary Calendar 192
Literary Resources 201
Lagniappe: Writers' Favorites 216
Beyond New Orleans 228
Afterword 239
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