The Peauxdunque Writers Alliance will host Words for Terri Sue, a benefit reading at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, at 3 Keys, Ace Hotel (600 Carondolet). 3 Keys requests that all attendees RSVP.
The Peauxdunque Writers Alliance, a group of New Orleans writers, formed in 2007 under the auspices of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. The group will present “Words for Terri Sue,” a benefit reading by best-selling and award-winning local authors to raise funds for the out-of-pocket cancer treatment-related costs by Terri Sue Shrum,
New Orleans writer and founding member of Peauxdunque. Terri was recently diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic cancer and is receiving treatment at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. Since her diagnosis, the writing community nationwide has banded together to assist in raising funds for the exorbitant treatment-related costs that remain after her insured costs. Donations will be accepted at the event, with all proceeds going directly to cover Terri’s out-of-pocket treatment-related expenses.
“Words for Terri Sue” brings together six local authors to continue in that effort, including:
• M.O. (Neal) Walsh, winner of the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and New York Times-bestselling author of the novel “My Sunshine Away.”
• Bill Loehfelm, winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and author of literary crime novels featuring Maureen Coughlin and now set in New Orleans, the latest of which, “Let the Devil Out,” was released on July 5.
• Gian Francisco Smith, a local poet and spoken word artist whose work was featured in “Treme” promotional spots, and an award-winning short filmmaker.
• Kelly Harris-DeBerry, local poet and founder of the Poems and Pink Ribbons project and the Brassy Brown media website.
• Nick Manieri, award-winning fiction writer whose debut novel, “The Infinite,” is due from HarperCollins in Fall 2016.
• Maurice Carlos Ruffin, fellow founding member of Peauxdunque, and winner of the 2014 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Gold Medal for novel-in-progress, the 2014 Iowa Review Fiction Prize, and others.