Community Book Center to host Michael Allen Zell, DC Paul, Addie Citchens, and Nia Gates on Wednesday

The Community Book Center will host author Michael Allen Zell, DC Paul, Addie Citchens, and Nia Gates at 6 p.m on Wednesday, August 17, at their space at 2523 Bayou Road.

Author Michael Allen Zell and actor/comedian DC Paul will perform a staged reading from Zell’s work Run Baby Run. Author Addie Citchens will premiere her short film based on an upcoming novel, and poet Nia Gates will read from her work. Brown Girl Kitchen will be providing a tasty food pop-up, while Renata Jones from Hands of Essence will be offering chair massages.

Author Addie Citchens will be premiering her short film “The Women Wanted To Dance” based on an upcoming novel. She is a contributor to the Mixed Company anthology, her recent novel The Fire-Starter, her blog, and the feats of strength she calls yoga.

Poet Nia Gates is a senior at International High School of New Orleans with dual enrollment at Bard Early College. She plans to pursue a career in writing, as well as have continuous studies on human behavior and the mind.

Renata Jones of Hands of Essence, LLC. will graciously be offering chair massages for tips. Renata is a licensed and certified massage therapist and her company is 5-star rated on Yelp.

Michael Allen Zell is a noted New Orleans-based writer. His first piece for The Los Angeles Review of Books was an essay on New Orleans and crime fiction published last spring. In addition to LARB, he has been published in Cerise Press, Disonare, Entrepot, Exquisite Corpse, NOLA Defender, Room 220, and Sleepingfish. His first play, What Do You Say To A Shadow?, was named one of the Top 10 Plays of the Year in 2013 by the Times-Picayune. His first novel Errata was named one of the Times-Picayune’s Top 10 Books of 2012. He has worked as a bookseller in New Orleans since 2003.