It's a week for Southern fiction from new and established authors on The Reading Life: New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry talks about her tenth novel, The Stories We Tell, and debut novelist Laura Lane McNeal previews Dollbaby, set in New Orleans in the 1960s.
This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting to Exhale), whose Who Asked You? is out in paperback. She’s coming to town for the Essence Music Festival.
We’ll also hear from Carter Hooper, about a very special digital book project, Larry's List: My Dad's Reading List from 1984-2005, and Mark Yakich, editor of the New Orleans Review.
New Orleans is celebrated across the country and around the world as a center of extraordinary live entertainment. Not just in the French Quarter but all over the city there's a vast amount of live music, theater, and comedy every night of the year.
However, on the inside of what appears to be a thriving local entertainment industry you frequently hear the same criticism: we have a lot of entertainment, but not much industry. Plenty of shows, but not enough show business.
This week on Inside the Arts, we stroll down memory lane as the American Theater Project of New Orleans presents Dryades Street Divas Review: A Cabaret, with a cast representing artists who worked the "chitlin' circuit" back in the day. Those artists include the likes of Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson and "Moms" Mabley.
Then, in Kenner, the Rivertown Theater's Patchwork Players open with Aladdin.
And, in the city where jazz was born, harpists gear up for a concert that will make their heavenly instruments swing.
Angus Lind’s column in The Times-Picayune documented things that he described as, “a little offbeat”: people, places and events that gave New Orleans its local color. But that didn’t come until later in his career. When he got started in the early 1970s as a young man, Angus was a general-assignment reporter who cut his teeth on a series of tragic events within a single calendar year.
Out to Lunch is recorded each week live over lunch at Commander's Palace in New Orleans' Garden District. One of the reasons Commander's has been in business for over 130 years is that each time we come here for lunch it's just as good as it was the last time.
Imagine if you had to replicate that dining experience at not just one, but hundreds of restaurants. That's what a franchise is.