Chapter Member Antoinette de Alteriis, PR and Marketing Director of Pelican Publishing, is the host of the new Pelican Publishing podcast, The Pelican Pod. Episode one features a Cajun Night Before Christmas® and children’s book author Kat Pigott. New episodes will release every two weeks. Listen on Pelican’s YouTube channel, https://youtu.be/xUUd52eqFEU or Soundcloud channel, https://soundcloud.com/pelicanpublishing/the-pelican-pod-episode-1-kat-pigott.
Chapter Member Nicole Eiden is an award-winning poet and award-winning pie-maker. Listen to her speak about her ventures here: http://www.itsneworleans.com/shows/out-to-lunch/who-doesnt-like-pie
From Little Free Library:
Linda Prout, a retired teacher, was one of the earliest Little Free Library ambassadors, using Little Free Libraries to build book access and a sense of community in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Linda has championed more than 200 book-sharing boxes, and she has partnered with everyone from schools to Boy Scouts to the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, which has donated thousands of books to local Little Libraries. “Ripples from Little Free Libraries continue to spread throughout New Orleans,” she says.
Chapter Treasurer Karen Kersting was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2019 Santa Barbara Writers Conference.
Chapter Member Kathy Crighton‘s novel is The New Normal.
Chapter Member Patty Friedmann‘s latest works are the novel An Organized Panic (the manuscript took second place in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition) and the short-story collection Where Do They All Come From?, which includes the best of her stories, some prizewinners and some new. She was recently awarded the Faulkner Society ALIHOT (A Legend in His/Her Own Time) Medal, presented by Robert Olen Butler.
Chapter Member Shaina Monet’s poems, titled “In Hamburg with The Negro Avenged,” “On Menzel’s Atelierwand,” and “In Madrid with Picasso’s Guernica,” which won the 2018 Iowa Review Award in poetry, will appear this month in the winter issue of The Iowa Review.
Chapter Member Anne Boyd Rioux‘s Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters is one of The Daily Mail‘s Top Books of 2018. Library Journal also listed Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy as one of its Best Books for 2018. It was previously chosen as one of the best summer books of 2018 by Newsday. Anne’s book was published by Norton to coincide with the 150th birthday of Little Women, and has been reviewed widely, including at Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Anne is also the editor of the new Penguin Deluxe Anniversary edition of Little Women.
from Member Miki Pfeffer: Last year’s Christmas card was fun to create. My book tree is topped with my own Southern Ladies and Suffragists; Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair.
from Membership Chair Sara Woodard: Every year, I take out these faded holiday books, hand-written and illustrated by my two sons many years ago, and place them under the tree. (Yeah, they really love that!) I also add some local books, like the Cajun Night Before Christmas!
from Secretary Teresa Tumminello Brader: My Dickens Village started small and has grown (too!) big, but it remains centered around the story of A Christmas Carol (other Dickens’ novels are also represented). Though its details may change from year to year, I strive to keep the display as historically and literarily accurate as possible.
from Treasurer Karen Kersting: We observe the Advent tradition in my house with the Autumn/Winter volume of Phyllis Tickle’s “Divine Hours”. This book includes an entire section specifically arranged for the 4 weeks before Christmas. The selections of songs, prayers and quotes provides an opportunity for some reflective quiet in the midst of all the other preparations and celebrations. In the photo is an image of our Advent wreath & the book. It has become an oddly humorous family tradition that I can NEVER seem to find 3 purple candles of either the same size nor all in the exact same shade of purple. One year, I had no choice but to buy 4 white candles and embellish them with the correct-colored ribbon!
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones
Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo, and Greed by Linda Thurman
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Fairendale series by R.L. Toalson
The Goldfinch by by Donna Tartt
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
Anne Boyd Rioux’s Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review.
Susan Larson has co-written New Orleans’ Literary Landmark: Hotel Monteleone, detailing its role in several famous authors’ lives and works.
Laura Mullen’s widely reviewed and praised eighth book, Complicated Grief, is a hybrid collection of poetry, prose, memoir and essay.
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