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Public event offers a guidebook glimpse into New Orleans' literary, distinctive hotspots

February 21, 2014

Two authors will offer an insider’s guide to New Orleans’ memorable sites and literary hotspots that reflect the distinct culture existing only in the Crescent City. Authors Susan Larson and Rebecca Snedeker will host a discussion Thursday, March 13, based on their books—one that provides a comprehensive guide for local literary lovers, while the other offers a distinct tour of the Crescent City, complete with maps, essays and illustrations.

“Reading New Orleans: Conversations with authors Susan Larson and Rebecca Snedeker,” sponsored by the Center for Study of New Orleans and the New Orleans Studies minor, takes place at 6 p.m. in the Whitney Bank Presentation Room in Thomas Hall on Loyola’s main campus. It is free and open to the public. A reception will precede the event at 5:30 p.m. Both books will be offered for sale.

Former book editor for The Times-Picayune and current host of WWNO’s “The Reading Life," Larson has updated her 1999 “A Booklover's Guide to New Orleans,” to include changes in the literary scene over the past decade. Her definitive guide features a brief history of the fiction writers, poets, journalists, playwrights, historians, critics, essayists and others with connections to New Orleans. In addition, Larson offers reading recommendations for locals and local wannabes along with descriptions of bookstores and details on literary festivals in the area.

“Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas,” co-written by New Orleans native Snedeker and writer Rebecca Solnit, provides a vivid look at the multi-faceted nature of New Orleans. Twenty-two full-color maps and more than 20 essays by geographers, historians, musicians, prison activists, environmentalists and others are featured in this imaginative reinvention of the traditional atlas. Unlikely pairings of seafood and sex, levees and prisons compel us to take a fresh look at our unfathomable city.

Snedeker is also director of the film “By Invitation Only,” which examines the inner workings of New Orleans’ Carnival organizations. Solnit is the author of “Savage Dreams, Storming the Gates of Paradise,” “Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas” and other books.

For more information on the Reading New Orleans event, contact Laura Beatty.

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