Thursday, February 22nd
At Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude
Join us at Cafe Istanbul with Zachary Lazar. Zachary Lazar reads from his book,Vengeance, in conjunction with The Graduates, a performance group of women who were all once members of the drama club at the women's prison in St. Gabriel. Afterward, Zachary and The Graduates will entertain questions and sign books.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Innocence Project New Orleans.
Zachary Lazar’s powerful and important novel was inspired by a passion play, The Life of Jesus Christ, he witnessed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. As someone who writes “fiction, nonfiction, sometimes a hybrid of both,” the narrator of Vengeance, a character much like Lazar himself, tries to accurately view a world he knows is “beyond the limits of my small understanding.” In particular, he tries to unravel the truth behind the supposed crime of an inmate he meets and befriends, Kendrick King, who is serving a life sentence at Angola for murder.
As he attempts to unravel the truth behind the man's supposed crime, he is also confronted with his own past, and re-examines American notions of guilt and penance, racial bias, and the inherent perversity of punitive justice.
If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.