John Pope’s collection of Times-Pic obits launches Oct. 14 at Octavia Books

In what strikes Room 220 editors as a book that was dying to be published (har, har), longtime Times-Picayune journalist and obituary writer John Pope will celebrate the launch of his new collection of TP obits, Getting Off At Elysian Fields, at 6 p.m.…

Recently read, a New Orleans writers roundup: Anya Groner, Mwende Katwiwa, and Anne Gisleson

Countless writers in New Orleans are ever plucking away at their keyboards, conducting research or interviews, or simply probing their memories and inner lives to create worthwhile work. Much of this is published online, scattered disparately throughout cyberspace. Here are…

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…

A look inside the abbatoir: Rebecca Theim’s new book looks at the (failed) battle to save the daily Times-Picayune

On the surface, a newspaper war seems fun. In New Orleans, a place that loves to fetishize the old-timey, it sometimes seems exciting to see such a 19th- or 20th-century battle play out between big money men and the stacks…

Turning the reader on to our city anew: An interview with Susan Larson

By Derick Dupre Susan Larson has established herself as the most visible individual guide to literary New Orleans. A new edition of her compendium, The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans, has just been released, offering updates to its takes on…

A Monday morning post, in disgust: A press and a professor bite the dust

Last Thursday, I received an email from Bill Lavender looking for a job. I didn’t quite get it. I know Bill only tangentially, but I knew he ran UNO Press and the low-residency MFA creative writing program at UNO. I…

ROOM 220 Enforces Three-Week Employee Furlough

In yet another blow to the local media landscape, just a week after the Times-Picayune fired half of its editorial staff, upper management at Room 220 announced they would begin enforcing a compulsory furlough for the publication’s employees beginning Monday,…

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