Local Authors: Make Your Pitch at the2017 Tennessee Williams Festival

Spread the word. Have a New Orleans novel you want to get published?

Crescent City Books, has launched its publishing imprint for New Orleans fiction, CCB. If you have a New Orleans novel you would like to pitch to Michael Allen Zell, this is your opportunity. To register for a spot and for specific details, email ccsubmissions@gmail.com. Deadline: March 15, 2017.

 

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Kitchen Witch Cookbook store is pushed from FQ but finds a warm welcome @ 1452 N. Broad

Sadly, the lively cookbook/ spice/vinyl/art store Kitchen Witch had to leave the Quarter, due to the ridiculous commercial rents. (Even though I believe ever more residents are living in the Quarter than had been since the mid 1980s, I also believe that commercial rents are so out of control that we are rapidly losing our good, useful stores at a frightening rate.) What is truly sad is the owners of Kitchen Witch have been working/ living in the Quarter for decades but now are completely out of it, which is a real loss.  I wish them well.

Happily, Kitchen Witch immediately found a place quite near their home in a lovely community on N. Broad and Bayou Road. You can shop there with Deb and Philipe, add a stop at the Community Bookstore just a few footsteps away, buy vinyl and cds at Domino Records, browse for beauty prods at King and Queen Emporium and at Beauty on de Bayou, pick up first-class fried chicken at McHardy’s, find some Jamaican tastes at CoCo Hut, meet friends for excellent coffee and egg cups at the great Pagoda Cafe at Bayou and Dorgenois, and refresh your artistic eye at the brand new world-class Joan Mitchell center one more block to the river.

Broad Street has so many new and longtime businesses from Canal to Bayou that it is impossible to list them all here. Lucky for me, the community center has a excellent list.

The Bayou Road area is one of the richest cultural corridors in the city, since it is one of the oldest streets. New Orleans had been founded when Bienville was directed by Native Americans to travel from the Gulf of Mexico up Bayou St. John. There, the group portaged over land using a stretch of the area that is now Bayou Road to the present day French Quarter.

Here’s one slice of culture in this section of town that most present-day New Orleanians either don’t know about or have forgotten about:

The Greek New Orleans population goes back to French Colonial New Orleans and was centered around this area.  Roughly half of all Greeks in New Orleans lived within a mile of Holy Trinity which was at 1222 N Dorgenois before moving to its present location along Bayou St. John at Robt. E. Lee.  A wealthy Athens merchant named Michael Dracos arrived in the 1760s and married a local woman of mixed Acadian and Native American lineage. When their daughter married a Greek native in New Orleans in 1799, it became recorded as the first known marriage of two people of Greeks origins in North America.

Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa opened their store at 1452 N. Broad, suite C, on All Saints Day. Kitchen WItch Cookbook  is planning to be open 7 days a week, 10ish to 4ish and will feature book signings and related events.

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Its in the little strip mall-like building with the Boost Store and the Beauty Supply.

Excerpts from A Field Guide To Trees- Bill Lavender

the night’s young
you’re not

bark
that sensuous brown surface
it grows on trees and barroom walls

compared to this
the passing of the body is nothing

what happens when humanity finally boils

things I imagine saying to the tree
just go

the tree that represents itself has a fool for a client

Violence, alcohol abuse, racism, sex, extreme weather, and finally, a sort of liberalism: An interview with Nancy Dixon on her anthology of 200 years of New Orleans literature | Press Street

Two of my favorite writers/people discussing Dixon’s new book:

Violence, alcohol abuse, racism, sex, extreme weather, and finally, a sort of liberalism: An interview with Nancy Dixon on her anthology of 200 years of New Orleans literature | Press Street.

Panel on New Orleans book, “Unfathomable City”

Friday panel at Tennessee Williams Festival:
Rebecca Snedecker
Garnette Cadogan
Shirley Thompson
Joshua Jelly-Shapiro

RS: it’s true that all 50 writers/researchers had their own experience about working on the book. Can the panelists describe their own experience?

ST: had little idea of what the final book would be. ..pleasantly surprised when it arrived in the mail…
The book invites readers to follow on their own path.
New Orleans has consciously used its place itself as a way to entice others to it, especially after the Civil War. This book chips away at that tourist narrative…

GC: shape of his essay was meant to resemble the shape of the city…

ST: tried to capture the paradox of diametrically opposed ideas. Sugar as a topic is a delightful treat and a commodity.

JJS: what’s interesting is that maps are stories-even narratives-and stories really contain maps. Combining the two is natural.

GC: an essay is a personal voice, a snapshot and is never really finished. Wanted the essay to contain the same sort of reactions (“write it as it felt”) as there is to the subject matter (bounce): joyful and disdainful at the same time, infectious feeling but also to contain the ambivalence that also exists.
(Tried to not use the word infectious, but ended up with it in there anyway.)
An intensely local subject but international at the same time, just like the city itself.
RS: it was important to remember that visuals and text shouldn’t be redundant, just like in cinema.
GC: there are 2 kinds of writers: those who hand in their work and those who have it pulled from their grasp. This project reduced the anxiety of attempting to contain the multitude-ness of the subject since the maps had their own story. It’s like the person who only listens to reggae music doesn’t know reggae music.
And I remembered New Orleans was here before me and will be here after me.
RS: what’s interesting is that the history of bounce music in New Orleans is partly the history of the projects (aka project music) and therefore is really about pre-K New Orleans. the map is one of those that does not physically exist any longer.
ST: Some maps have collapsed history, sugar for example is both the history and the contemporary story of sugar.
ST: I am usually skeptical of mapping. It’s really an act of conquest. Also because they impose a new set of claims on a place and attempt to define every site. Resistance itself is often about not being mapped, about resisting being named in a colonial way.
I bought (editor) Solnit’s SF map book Infinite City and saw that it showed creative resistance and had deep respect and humility for its subjects.
JJS: I also liked how the footprint of the city varies a good deal in the maps and essays.

“Hating Bourbon Street”

From Rich Campanella’s upcoming book, “Bourbon Street, A History” published this month by Louisiana State University Press. Campanella has long been one of my favorite (quirky) New Orleans historian/writers, as he brings his own flair and point of view to everything he does. He tirelessly walks and bikes and searches for tidbits of history in our city and does much to point out the delicate line between history and lore, while reminding us that sometimes it doesn’t matter which is which.

For all its flamboyance and swagger, Bourbon Street is one of the least pretentious places in town. It’s as utterly uncool as it is wildly successful, and in an era when “cool capital” is increasingly craved and fiscal capital increasingly scarce, there’s something refreshing about a place that flips off coolness and measures success the old-fashioned way: by the millions. And authenticity? Not only does Bourbon Street not try to be authentic, it doesn’t even think about it.

Hating Bourbon Street: Places: Design Observer.