Saturday, January 12th
New Orleans Voodoo: There is no more compelling nor more spiritual city than New Orleans. The city's Roman Catholic roots and its blended French, Spanish, Creole and American Indian populations heavily influenced the rites and rituals that West Africans brought to Louisiana as enslaved laborers. The resulting unique Voodoo tradition is now deeply rooted in the area. Enslaved practitioners in the nineteenth century held Voodoo dances in designated public areas like Congo Square but conducted their secret rituals away from the prying eyes of the city. By 1874, some twelve thousand New Orleanians attended Voodoo queen Marie Laveau's St. John's Eve rites on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. The Voodoo tradition continues in the Crescent City even today. With a forward written by Sally Ann Glassman.
Rory Schmitt and Rosary O'Neill study the altars, art, history and ceremonies that anchor Voodoo in New Orleans culture.
Greater Wilder: Meri practices psychotherapy in New York, Guy teaches history in Mississippi, and their twenty-year-old son survives on a cocktail of antidepressants and rarely ventures outdoors. But when the boy abandons his meds and disappears on foot into America, Guy and Meri are forced to work together to untangle a stream of consciousness letter he sends from the road, a letter that plunges the couple back into their thirty-year attempt to create a 21st century family.
New Orleans Voodoo is available in paperback ($21.99). Greater Wilder is available in paperback ($14.00).
Family Trifecta - Mother, Daughter, and Son: Rory O'Neill Schmidt and Rosary Hertel O'Neill, and Barret O'Brien discuss and sign their books, New Orleans Voodoo: A Cultural History, and Greater Wilder.
If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.