Howard Philips Smith at THNOC

The Historic New Orleans Collection hosts Howard Philips Smith at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, at the Willams Research Center (410 Chartres Street).

On Wednesday, January 31, author Howard Philips Smith will give a presentation on his new book Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans (University Press of Mississippi, 2017). Traditional Carnival has been well documented with a vast array of books. However, few of them, if any, mention gay Carnival krewes or the role of gay Carnival within the larger context of the season. Smith corrects the oversight in this lavishly illustrated new work.

Based on years of detailed interviews, each of the major gay krewes is represented by an in-depth historical sketch, outlining the founders, moments of brilliance on stage, and a list of all the balls, themes, and royalty. Reproductions of brilliant never-before-published invitations, large-scale commemorative posters, admit cards, and programs add dimension and life to this history. Sketches of elaborate stage sets and costumes, as well as photographs of ball costumes and rare memorabilia, further enhance descriptions of these tableau balls.

Smith will be available immediately after to sign copies of the book, which will be available to purchase for $50.

Reservations are suggested. Email or call (504) 523-4662 to reserve your seat.