WHERE Y'ART?!: BOOK READING & SIGNING OF "COFFEE SHOP CHRONICLES OF NEW ORLEANS" WITH AUTHOR, DAVID LUMMIS & "ERRATA" WITH AUTHOR, MICHAEL ZELLFriday, December 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 14, 2012
Join us on Friday, December 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Where Y’Art?!. Program includes:
- 5 to 8 p.m.: Art Making Activity
- 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Music by Cristina Perez
- 6 p.m.: Book Reading & Signing of Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans II with author, David Lummis & Errata with author, Michael Zell
- 7 p.m.: WYES Screening: Christmas in New Orleans
About Cristina Perez
As both a vocalist and guitarist, New Orleans native Cristina Perez is quickly becoming a fixture on the local music scene. Her talent as a vocalist was showcased with her vocal contribution to Offbeat Magazine’s “Best Traditional Jazz Album” of 2011. Cristina is currently working on writing the music for her second album, all the while maintaining a busy performance schedule with her own band and other local jazz bands. Perez is proud to “grace the boards” of the National World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen as the lead vocalist in their latest show, “Jump, Jive, and Wail!, the Music of Louis Prima”. Cristina has performed in major cities across the United States, with the ongoing goal of sharing her native music.
About Christmas in New Orleans
(Run time: approximately 60 minutes)
Enjoy fond memories of Mr. Bingle, downtown New Orleans Christmas decorations, rare snowfalls, and bonfires along the Mississippi River. (premiered November 2006)
About The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans II
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.
About Michael Allen Zell and Errata
In Michael Allen Zell’s debut novel, a young New Orleans cabbie named Raymond Russell has been dramatically shocked by the intensity of a crime and is blocked such that he cannot write about it directly. He lets elements leak out associatively so as to prime the engine of his obsessive mind for what he must reveal. Picture a neo-noir Nabokov. The title Errata reflects Raymond’s 22 day attempt at correction of his seeming culpability. Associative language forms the building blocks of the story via Montaigne-esque essays, 1984 World’s Fair era history, and literary ruminations. Errata uses neo-noir conventions as the trappings for an ambitious boundary-blurring meditation on balancing the in between of isolation and sociability, wisdom and madness, symbol and text, and innocence and guilt. This book, with its sultry darkness of city and soul, teaches the reader how to uniquely read it. Zell has an inventive and engaging voice, with appeal for readers of a range of authors including Thomas Bernhard, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Julio Cortazar, Bohumil Hrabal, Milan Kundera, Jose Saramago, and Bruno Schulz.
All programming is included with Museum admission.
Schedule subject to change.