ROOM 220’s Picks for the Best Panels and Other Events at the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival (March 30 – April 3)

One of the highlights of New Orleans’ literary calendar, the Tennessee Williams Festival (March 30 – April 3) is celebrating its thirtieth year of festivities in 2016. Over its three decades, the festival has faithfully brought acclaimed poets, writers and…

A walk down Cultural Fascination Street with Richard Campanella

By Jeri Hilt Richard Campanella’s newest book, Bourbon Street: A History, provides an impressive historiography of the street, from genesis to its present-day manifestation, and attempts to unpack the role that the “adaptive commodification of culture” has had on its…

Truth, meaning, and location can be lost, even in a book of maps: A review of UNFATHOMABLE CITY: A NEW ORLEANS ATLAS

Room 220 will host the New Orleans launch of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas at a Happy Hour Salon from 4 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the All Ways Lounge (2240 St. Claude Ave.). More details…

A mind-boggling array of personalities and perspectives to debate the ‘teachable moment’ of Katrina in a regional and global context

Tulane University’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South will bring together a motley crew of authors, artists, academics, activists, and others to hold forth on how the “lessons” of Katrina might be deployed to think about the future—not only…

Nathaniel Rich in the Lower Ninth

Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine included a piece by Nathaniel Rich on nature’s apparent upper hand in the Lower Ninth Ward. Rich, a writer based in New Orleans, read as part of the Room 220 Live Prose at the Antenna…

From the Editor’s Bookshelf: A Room 220 Holiday Gift Guide

By Nathan C. Martin My bookshelf is full of books I’ve never read. Books are the only things I buy on impulse, and I rarely enter a bookstore I like without buying something. Not only that, but if I like…

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