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Jesmyn Ward: Men We Reaped

Sep 16 2014 6:30 pm
Sep 16 2014 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 16th

 

6:30-8PM 

 

 In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth—and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own.

Jesmyn grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. She writes powerfully about the pressures this brings, on the men who can do no right and the women who stand in for family in a society where the men are often absent. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity. A brutal world rendered beautifully, Jesmyn Ward’s memoir will sit comfortably alongside Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I'm Dying, Tobias Wolff's This Boy’s Life, and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Jesmyn Ward discusses and signs her book, Men We Reaped.

This book is availble in paperback ($16.00)

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books. 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
Garden District Book Shop
Additional:
2727 Prytania Street
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130-5968
Country:
United States

Peter Abadie: Green in Judgement Cold in Blood

Sep 23 2014 6:00 pm
Sep 23 2014 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 23rd

6-7:30PM 

Assassination is the template that binds this work together. Whether it’s the murder of the modern world through a political miscalculation during the Cuban missile crisis or through mistakes made in Indochina, the result would be the same. The individual assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, innocent Russian peasants, Ngo Diem of Vietnam, his brother, Nhu, and even the Empress of Hungary, is a replete theme that hovers throughout the novel. The self-immolation by a Buddhist monk and the attempted assassinations of Fidel Castro, his brother Raul, and Che Guevara, adds considerable spice to the murderous stew.

Couched behind most scenes are the actions of the four sets of brothers. Whether it’s the Kennedy, the Bundy, the Castro, or the Ngo Dinh brothers, their insatiable desire to rule was paramount in most of their decisions and in two of the four sets, it led to their demise.

Peter Abadie discusses and signs his book, Green in Judgement Cold in Blood.

This book is available in paperback ($14.99). 

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books. 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
Garden District Book Shop
Additional:
2727 Prytania Street
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130-5968
Country:
United States

Mark Stewart-Jones: Roll'em Mister Bones

Sep 25 2014 6:00 pm
Sep 25 2014 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 25th
6-7:30PM

Martin Bonehouse has retreated into self-imposed exile in New Orleans, where he intends to write a book about the city.  By chance,he stumbles upon the legend of Tambo Bones, a controversial entertainer from the 1940s. Blending fact and fiction, on one level, the novel is one misunderstood man’s quest to rescue the reputation of another.

 

Increasingly obsessed by Tambo Bones, and in particular his notorious Georgia Blues.  Martin is driven to record his story, as his research takes him around the city as he pieces together the man’s life and interviews some notable residents.  What he discovers alters his perspective forever.

 

During the course of the novel, we also discover the nature of Martin’s fall from grace in England that has prompted his escape to New Orleans

 

"You can’t put this place into words, it’s impossible, you can’t put it in pictures either, maybe that’s what the music is for; it’s not from New Orleans it’s actually about New Orleans… "

Mark Stewart-Jones discusses and signs his book, Roll'em Mister Bones. 

This book is available in paperback ($14.00). 

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
Garden District Book Shop
Additional:
2727 Prytania Street
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130-5968
Country:
United States
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