Special Sreening of “A Crime on the Bayou” Hosted by the Garden District Book Shop


June 21st

6:00-9:00 PM CT

The Garden District Book Shop is pleased to partner with The Broad Theater to host an evening celebrating the national release of the book Deep Delta Justice by Matthew Van Meter and the documentary feature “A Crime on the Bayou” from Shout! Studios on June 21.  

All state-mandated COVID safety protocols will be in place. 

Purchase your ticket here

A Crime on the Bayou from Shout! Studios, inspired by Matthew Van Meter’s  Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South,  is the third film in director Nancy Buirski's trilogy profiling brave individuals who fought for justice in and around the Civil Rights era. This particular film focuses on the story of Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish, a swampy strip of land south of New Orleans. 

The story begins in 1966, when Duncan pulled his car off the road to stop a fight. He was arrested a few minutes later for the crime of putting his hand on the arm of a white child. Rather than accepting his fate, Duncan found Richard Sobol, a brilliant, 29-year-old lawyer from New York who was the only white attorney at "the most radical law firm" in New Orleans. Against them stood Leander Perez, one of the most powerful white supremacists in the South and often referred to as The Judge. Duncan’s insistence on seeking justice empowered generations of defendants - disproportionately poor and black - to demand fair trials. Duncan v. Louisiana changed American law, but first it changed the lives of those who litigated it.

Van Meter will be signing and personalizing books during a welcome reception at 6PM, to be followed by the screening at 7PM. Afterward, there will be an in-depth Q&A with Van Meter and Nancy Buirski and special guest Gary Duncan.

Single tickets are available for $42 on the Eventbrite link above and include a hardback copy of Deep Delta Justice.  Couples tickets that include two tickets to the screening and one hardback copy of Deep Delta Justice are also available for $55.  

Written and directed by ​Nancy Buirski ​(The ​Loving Story, The Rape of Recy Taylor​),  A Crime on the Bayou  from Shout! Studios had its world premiere at the 2020 DOC NYC Film Festival, featured at the New Orleans Film Festival 2020 and is the third film in director’s trilogy profiling brave individuals who fought for justice in and around the Civil Rights era. Executive produced by​ Mike Jackson, John Legend, Ty Stiklorius and Austyn Biggers of Get Lifted Film Co and Regina K. Scully, Geralyn Dreyfous, Harlene Freezer, Jules Horowitz, Felicia Horowitz, Brenda Robinson, Amy Tiemann, Mark Trustin and Jamie Wolf. The film also features a new original song, My Path written and performed by Raphael Saadiq.  

Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316435031
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 28th, 2020

In-Person Ticketed Event: Mark F. Bielski - A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy

Join Garden District Book Shop for an evening with author Mark F. Bielski.

Garden District Book Shop is thrilled to host local author and historian Mark F. Bielski to celebrate the release of, A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Rise and Fall of New Orleans, 1862.

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Bielski is an historian, author, the Director at Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours and host of the History with Mark Bielski podcast. Traditional history has not devoted a great deal of attention to the fall of New Orleans, a Civil War event that was an early harbinger of the dark days to come for the Confederacy. A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy begins in the spring of 1862, when a furious naval battle began downriver from the city at Forts Jackson and St. Philip, the joyous celebrations of Mardi Gras turned into the Easter season of dread as the sound of the distant bombardment reached New Orleans, portending an ominous outcome. Throughout the book, Bielski covers the leaders and men who fought for control of New Orleans, the largest city in the South, the key to the Mississippi, and the commercial gateway for the Confederacy.

The book discussion and signing will be hosted on June 24 from 6:00-7:30 PM. During the event, Bielski will read excerpts from his work as he guides guests through the fall and rise of New Orleans, followed by a Q&A segment. He will also be available to sign and personalize copies after the Q&A.

Both in-person and virtual tickets are available on EventBrite. In-person tickets for the evening are $20 and include food and beverage offering and a copy of the book. Virtual tickets are also available on Eventbrite for $25 and include shipment of a copy of the book.

All state-mandated COVID safety protocols will be in place. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this event has limited capacity.

Virtual Happy Hour - Alex Richards

It's Happy Hour!

Join us as we talk books, horror flicks, ice cream cake, and all things cheesy with author Alex Richards.

Alex's upcoming YA novel, When We Were Strangers, hits shelves July 13th. Pre-order your copy today:

Grab a drink and join us for this live-streaming, interactive event! 

This event will stream live on Facebook:


and YouTube:


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When We Were Strangers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781547603640
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury YA - July 27th, 2021

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