BOOK LAUNCH: Mark Hertsgaard - Big Red's Mercy: The Shooting of Deborah Cotton and Race in America

BOOK LAUNCH EVENT FOR BIG RED’S MERCY: THE SHOOTING OF DEBORAH COTTON AND A STORY OF RACE IN AMERICA

Renowned environmental journalist and author Mark Hertsgaard will sit down with Ramon Vargas, a New Orleans-based editor at the international newspaper The Guardian, to discuss the book.

discuss and sign Big Red’s Mercy, the moving story of a New Orleans woman who fought for justice and her community even amidst one of the city's darkest moments.

Entry to the event is free and open to the public but the shop encourages interested parties to RSVP to ensure entry and reserve a copy of the book.

Additional copies will be available to purchase.

Mark Hertsgaard and Deborah Cotton— known to all as Big Red— were strangers to one another, united only by a love of jazz and New Orleans’s distinctive Second Line tradition. And then, during a Mother’s Day parade, they were thrown together when two gunmen fired into the crowd…

Cotton was among the most grievously injured. She is the driving force of this deeply reported parable of two of America’s most deeply rooted issues. A racial justice activist in her forties who was born to a Black father and a white mother, Cotton was one of twenty people—including the author—shot in the biggest mass shooting in the modern history of New Orleans. 

Charismatic, complicated, and struck down in her prime, Big Red and her heroic life will captivate readers. In the wake of the shooting, she never stopped fighting as she sought to get to the core of this uniquely American maelstrom. Big Red's Mercy is an illuminating narrative that provides a human and unflinching look at modern America.

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

The Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Big Red's Mercy: The Shooting of Deborah Cotton and a Story of Race in America By Mark Hertsgaard Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781639366750
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pegasus Books - May 7th, 2024