While we were slacking: A holiday recap

It seems we at Room 220 can’t avert our gaze even for a moment from the riveting world of books and literature in New Orleans without missing exciting new stories and developments. While we were busy stuffing our faces with…

The Violent Education of a Christian Racist

Author and Baton Rouge native Tim Parrish will present his new memoir, Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Octavia Books (513 Octavia St.). Fear and What Follows…

Jesmyn Ward to read from Men We Reaped at Octavia Books this Friday

Jesmyn Ward, whose 2011 novel Salvage the Bones won the National Book Award, will present her new memoir, Men We Reaped, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at Octavia Books (513 Octavia St.). Ward is the subject–and Men We…

Night of the Comet launch events Aug. 5 and 13

New Orleans novelist George Bishop, Jr. will celebrate the release of his most recent book, Night of the Comet, with two local upcoming events: at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 5, at the Garden District Book Shop, and at 6…

No One Lines Up That Simply: An Interview with Sheila Heti

By Ari Braverman Sheila Heti’s third book, How Should a Person Be? is about Sheila. The character is a Toronto-based writer grappling with a play she can’t seem to finish, stuck in a marriage that stifles her. Enter Margaux, a…

University of New Orleans hosts poet Katherine Soniat

Poet Katherine Soniat will read from her new collection of poetry, A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge, at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the University of New Orleans Sandbar (inside The Cove, on Founders Avenue, directly across from…

Another John Kennedy Toole biography, this one with a cooler cover

Seven years after the publication of Ignatius Rising: The Life of John Kennedy Toole–which I seem to vaguely remember picking up, leafing through, and putting down, underwhelmed–Da Capo Press and author Cory MacLauchlin have brought us the hipper-sounding and -looking…

Gravity and Grace: An interview with Lori Waselchuk

By Aubrey Edwards Over 90 percent of the roughly 5,000 inmates in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola will die on its grounds, their sentences too long to live out. Warden Burl Cain and prison administrators have responded to the…

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