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The Historic New Orleans Collection presents a new book on Louisiana architect Henry Howard

Irish-American architect and New Orleanian Henry Howard dramatically influenced trends in Louisiana architecture in the mid-1800s, though he is largely under-appreciated today. To emphasize Howard’s importance to the architectural history of New Orleans and Louisiana, The Historic New Orleans Collection will publish a new book, Henry Howard: Louisiana’s Architect by Robert S. Brantley. A reception to celebrate The Historic New Orleans Collection presents a new book on Louisiana architect Henry Howard

Brand New Ancients: Kate Tempest brings her contemporary epic to New Orleans

For an ancient art, the epic poem has experienced a long and slow near-demise. In preliterate times, the bardic storyteller traditionally served a variety of purposes: historian, entertainer, propagandist, even prophet—functions that bound a community together and offered a common narrative and identity. Today, however, epic poems are usually taught only as a segment in Brand New Ancients: Kate Tempest brings her contemporary epic to New Orleans

In this time of great oppression, we are returning to old and ancient spiritual traditions: An interview with Janet “Sula Spirit” Evans

Sula Janet Evans is a singer-songwriter with the world beat/reggae band Zion Trinity and the lead singer of Mojuba, a band that focuses on sacred orisha music. She is also founding director of the Na’Zyia Doula Collective, a member and medicine queen of the Mardi Gras Indian Queens of the Nation, and an Akan/ancestor priest In this time of great oppression, we are returning to old and ancient spiritual traditions: An interview with Janet “Sula Spirit” Evans

ROOM 220 Presents: A Happy Hour Salon with Sula Spirit and the Neighborhood Story Project

Room 220 is pleased to present a Happy Hour Salon celebrating two excellent New Orleans music books: Spirit of the Orisha by Janet “Sula Spirit” Evans and Talk that Music Talk edited by Rachel Breunlin and Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes. The event, featuring readings, discussion, translation, and live music, will take place from 6 – 9 ROOM 220 Presents: A Happy Hour Salon with Sula Spirit and the Neighborhood Story Project

The Waves Reading Series presents Michael Jeffrey Lee, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Sara Slaughter, Julia Carey, and David Schneider May 14

Press Street is pleased to host The Waves, New Orleans’ premiere LGBT reading series, as it presents a star-studded showcase of local queer literary talent at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.). The Waves has become in its short lifetime one of the most popular queer The Waves Reading Series presents Michael Jeffrey Lee, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Sara Slaughter, Julia Carey, and David Schneider May 14

Celebrate April Toole’s Day at the Irish House with a mass public reading of Confederacy of Dunces

As Americans read fewer and fewer books and feel generally more isolated in the technological age, there has emerged a response among lovers of literature that seems to address both issues—mass public book readings that engage attendees both literarily and socially. One such event, April Toole’s Day: A Celebration of John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Celebrate April Toole’s Day at the Irish House with a mass public reading of Confederacy of Dunces

Maurice Carlos Ruffin on the rise, winning contests, constantly publishing

New Orleans author and native Maurice Carlos Ruffin, who will present tonight at the Room 220 Happy Hour Salon honoring the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction and Poetry Contest Winners, has had a string of publishing and contest successes lately, including new stories in Callaloo, Massachusetts Review, and Cicada, and forthcoming in Kenyon Review, The Pinch, and The New Delta Maurice Carlos Ruffin on the rise, winning contests, constantly publishing

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 the pivotal moment Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie finds himself in after being released from Recently Read: Boosie longread, Against being against New Orleans exceptionalism, Zell on crime, Lazar on Kline, and more!

Jesmyn Ward to lecture on Southern oral traditions at Tulane March 19

National Book Award-winning author and Tulane professor Jesmyn Ward will present the fourth annual Distinguished Frey Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the Woldenberg Art Center’s Freeman Auditorium on Tulane University’s campus. The Delisle, Mississippi, native is the author most recently of Men We Reaped, a memoir that recounts the deaths of Jesmyn Ward to lecture on Southern oral traditions at Tulane March 19