Join us on Friday, December 14th at 6pm for a reading by author, David Lummis, on his books, The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans II. A book signing by Mr. Lummis will follow in the Museum Shop. Author, Michael Zell (Errata) will accompany Mr. Lummis in both the reading and signing.
The reading is included with regular museum admission.
About The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans I & II
Part 1 of David Lummis's first novel, The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans, has been widely acclaimed since its publication in 2010. Dubbed "universal in appeal," "incredibly enjoyable," and "passionate, observant, beautifully written," among many other accolades, it was chosen by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as a "Hot Read" and earned a spot on New Orleans magazine's "Read and Spin" fiction list. Available at both independent and chain bookstores in New Orleans and elsewhere in Louisiana, Part 1 spent months on the Amazon Kindle Store's "Top 10 Historical Fiction Books by Reader Review." Among Lummis's many public appearances since the book's publication are interviews on NPR affiliate WWNO's "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten and the New Orleans jazz and heritage station WWOZ. Penne J. Laubenthal wrote for Swampland.com that Lummis's "tender and affectionate descriptions of New Orleans evoke Pat Conroy's lush and loving portrayal of coastal South Carolina. Just as Conroy's South of Broad is a paean to Charleston, so is Lummis's Chronicles a love song to New Orleans. Alternately funny, painful, entertaining, and always unflinchingly honest, The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans is a must read."
The second part of The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans picks up almost exactly where Part 1 left off. It is the morning of Friday, August 26, 2005, and B. Sammy Singleton is still reeling from the night before. Something is very wrong. Sammy's best friend, Catfish Beaucoeur, is missing, having left behind clues including a book of lynching photography and a disturbing handwritten poem.
More intent than ever on tracking down Catfish, and all thoughts of his coffee shop guidebook writing gig abandoned, Sammy takes off on a whirlwind quest through the streets of New Orleans that carries him to the office of Infinity Feingold, Catfish's formidable attorney; to the St. Charles mansion Catfish grew up in, where his mother, Tess, still resides; and, ultimately, to the Magazine Street antiques shop of Lee Ann Rush. Lee Ann is more concerned with the monster hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast than with Catfish's whereabouts, but she soon transports Sammy (and us) back to the 1960s and '70s, the school years during which she and Catfish were best friends.
Peopled with some of the same colorful characters who inhabited the first part of the book, including Sammy's housemate Naomi Plant and his landlord Georgia Moore, Part 2: The Last Beaucoeur explores the territory of the human heart as it weaves together a story of love, the saga of a slave-holding family and its place in New Orleans' civil rights history, and a meditation on the meaning of life and how our past inevitably shapes the here and now.
About David Lummis
A writer by trade, David Lummis is a nationally known consumer market analyst whose opinions are frequently cited in major media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, and BBC. Since 1986, Lummis has written and edited dozens of syndicated market research reports, including on the U.S. coffee market. Born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky, Lummis attended the Sorbonne and graduated from Yale with a degree in French. He now resides in the "Paris of the South" with his life partner, Csaba Lukács.