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New Orleans playwright and professor maintains busy year

Loyola press release - December 3, 2010

John Biguenet, the Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor of English, has maintained a busy year of speaking, publishing and traveling.

  • In the Netherlands, his book, “The Torturer’s Apprentice,” was selected as Book of the Month on the Dutch literary website www.ShortStory.nu, which also carried “An Interview with John Biguenet.” He was also interviewed by StoryinLiteraryFiction.com, and his essay, “Het Kwintet van John Biguenet,” was published on www.vkblog.nl. The Netherlands’ largest newspaper, de Volkskrant, said in a review, “Biguenet, it cannot be denied, is a complete master of his genre.”
  • He traveled to France where he was a featured guest on “Le Journal de la Culture,” a television show on France 24, and talked about his novel “Oyster,” which was nominated for the 2010 Prix des Lecteurs. He was also featured in a television documentary “Enquêtes Specials” shown on France 2, about the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the New Orleans levees. Biguenet spoke on panels on “De Chicago á la Nouvelle-Orléans,” “Les uns contre les autres,” “La ville dévasté,” and “La Nouvelle-Orléans” at the Festival America, a bi-annual celebration of North American literature in Vincennes, France.
  • His play “Shotgun” enjoyed a two-month run at Florida Studio Theatre. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune praised the play as “A moving exploration of a ravaged New Orleans…[and] an absorbing new drama by John Biguenet.”
  • “I Am Not a Jew,” one of his short stories, was presented in live performance by Tony Award winners Denis O'Hare and B.D. Wong in Selected Shorts Live at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.
  • He was named an artist ambassador of the National New Play Network and attended the organization’s national conference in New Orleans.
  • He was featured in an article on theater in post-Katrina New Orleans in American Theatre magazine as well as in an article in Poets and Writers magazine.
  • He gave a reading of his fiction and directed a fiction workshop for the graduate creative writing program at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J.
  • He spoke on a panel entitled “Translators Being Translated” at the national conference of the American Literary Translators Association in Philadelphia. While there, he also attended a meeting of the organization’s Endowment Committee to recommend investment policy for the coming year.
  • Biguenet spoke at Octavia Books on art and writing in conjunction with the publication of “Before During After,” which includes two of his essays, and chaired a panel on photography and Hurricane Katrina at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans. An excerpt from one of those essays, “The What and the How of It,” was reprinted in Poets and Writers magazine online. Another essay, “Salted Earth,” appears in New Orleans: What Can't Be Lost.
  • He was also featured in an article in The Australian, Australia’s largest newspaper, on the future of New Orleans and spoke on the fifth anniversary of Katrina to the Faulkner Society.
  • He was interviewed via teleconferencing about his short stories by combined advanced literature classes at the Paideia School in Atlanta.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.