Delgado Reading Series: Mona Lisa Saloy and Mostofa Sarwar

The Delgado Reading Series is held in Issac Delgado Hall, Building 1, Room: 201E at Delgado Community College’s City Park Campus. Look for signs and commotion on the 2nd floor. Dr. Mostofa Sarwar is a scientist and a poet. He…

Walter Mosley’s Louisiana Literary Heritage

In this weekend’s New York Times Sunday Book Review, the great Walter Mosley, born in Los Angeles, describes in an essay his deep Louisiana roots. Mosley is the author of more than 50 books, winner of a Grammy, an O. Henry…

What you were always trying to avoid was being party to an atrocity: An interview with Michael Pitre

Michael Pitre’s debut novel, Fives and Twenty-fives, delves into a war of endless tedium and Sisyphean roadwork, but there is no boredom. There is only routine, which saves lives, and a fog of death that clouds them. Each day, the…

Recently Read: Boosie longread, Against being against New Orleans exceptionalism, Zell on crime, Lazar on Kline, and more!

Here’s a roundup of New Orleans- and Louisiana-related articles the Room 220 editors have come across and found interesting in the past little while. Lil Boosie longread At Playboy, New Orleans journalist and criminal mitigation specialist Ethan Brown breaks down…

Authors John M. Barry and Jed Horne (and others!) to discuss Post-Katrina Rapture culture March 1 at Indywood

Alright, alright. This post really isn’t about a literary event—it’s about a film screening, the New Orleans premiere of Good People Go To Hell, Saved People Go To Heaven at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 at Indywood (628 Elysian Fields). But…

Ibrahima Seck to present BOUKI FAIT GOMBO, a history of the slave community at Whitney Plantation, Dec. 3 at Octavia Books

Ibrahima Seck, a professor of history at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, whose work focuses on Louisiana, will present his new book, Bouki Fait Gombo: A History of the Slave Community of Habitation Haydel (Whitney Plantation) Louisiana, 1750-1860, with a…