With this week being the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, everyone is taking stock. Harry Shearer and Spike Lee have new movies out. Chris Rose imagines what it would be like had Katrina never happened. And, there are several books out–two of which have events tonight.
Dave Eggers, the author, and creator of McSweeney’s and 826 Valenica, will discuss and reads from his book, Zeitoun, at Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium. Here’s a description of the book from Wikipedia:
Zeitoun is a nonfiction book written by Dave Eggers and published by McSweeney’s in 2009. It tells the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the Syrian-American owner of a painting and contracting company in New Orleans who chose to ride out Hurricane Katrina in his Uptown home. After the storm he traveled the flooded city in a secondhand canoe rescuing neighbors, caring for abandoned pets and distributing fresh water.
A little later, at 8:30, another book, entitled New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost: 88 Stories and Traditions from the Sacred City, edited by Lee Barclay, and with photographs by Christopher Porché West, will be sold and signed at The Big Top. Also, there will be music by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and a performance by The Pussyfooters.
Here’s the press release:
The eighty-eight stories and traditions in New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost are the piano keys in a love song to the city. Alongside Christopher Porché West’s alluring black-and-white photographs, New Orleans’ culture bearers pay tribute to the city they call home. From Storyville to the Super Bowl, from cover to cover are found Pulitzer Prize-winning writers–four of them gathered on these pages; Creole chefs; float and costume designers; a break-acrobat flipping forward over tourists lying on the pavement like matchsticks across from Jackson Square; Black Mardi Gras Indians; parade captains; musicians; protectors of the city’s historic landmarks; writers of its poems and articles and novels and plays; and those who pass down traditions in the performance of New Orleans culture.
And here is the impressive roster of contributors:
Jason Berry, John Biguenet, Amanda Boyden, Rick Bragg, Poppy Z. Brite, Robert Olen Butler, Leah Chase, Joshua Clark, Andrei Codrescu, Lolis Eric Elie, Richard Ford, Fred J. Johnson, Jr., Errol Laborde, Ronald W. Lewis, Louis Maistros, Anders Osborne, Tom Piazza, Chris Rose, Kalamu ya Salaam, Henri Schindler, Ned Sublette, Barbara Trevigne, Christine Wiltz, Herreast J. Harrison, Sarah K. Inman, Lee Meitzen Grue, and more.