Welcome to the New New Orleans
As a freelance writer I've had the privilege of
interviewing some remarkable writers, some are natives while others have adopted
the city as their own. I'll share some of the interviews as they reveal their
love for the city and the inspirations behind their books. From literary greats
such as Anne Rice to the Today Show host Hoda Kotb, along with the lesser
known, but equally important local writers.
Together we will travel the storied cityscapes of New Orleans and visit the
historic hotels that Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Hailey and many
more immortalized in their work. For others motivation was found at the bottom of
a glass in a night long date with a bar stool. We'll visit these local haunts, hotel bars and century old pubs, and share their stories.
From the rooftops overlooking the Vieux Carré
to the music clubs crying the blues, New
Orleans owns a magic that draws millions every year.
There are numerous literary festivals, literary walking tours, and one of the most
exhaustive research centers in the country, a bibliophile's paradise waiting to
Join me as we visit the pages of some of my favorite books
that journey through the heart of New Orleans: a love affair for a city and French
Quarter home, a moving bond between mother and son, confessions of a journalist
lost in Katrina's chaos, and the spirits of voodoo and vampires.
But wait...there's more.
"Crisis Breeds Creativity" is a term recently used at a
Katrina five year anniversary conference recognizing some of our most prolific
artists including writers, scholars, chefs, musicians, actors and motivators. The
chapter of TEDx, a national endeavor touted as a gathering of "the world's most
visionary intellects," hosted a day long program at the Le Petit Theatre with
25 speakers who shared their experience in drafting creativity from crisis.
In time we'll visit many of these initiatives and meet the people behind the scenes as I introduce the New New Orleans and her literary darlings. Here's a peek at some of the books we'll see in the near future that showcase the city's unique culture and personality.