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Literary Libations

“Juleps in June,” the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s annual fundraiser, was held on June 10 at the Audubon home of honorary chairs Cathy and Rivie Carey.

Butch Steadman of Dorignac’s provided traditional mint juleps as well as other spirits, and Rachelle O’Brien of Pabst Brewing Company provided beer for the event. Palate New Orleans’ Executive Chef and Owner, Glenn Vatshell, catered the event. The menu featured summer fare, which including cold poached salmon with citrus and arugula sauce and Vatshell’s signature pastries. Classical music for the patron party was provided by pianist duo E. Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold.

Alex Mart and the Urban Minds and music students of the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz Institute performed for guests later in the evening.

The literary guest of honor was Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford, who celebrated the publication of his new novel, Canada. Signed first editions of Ford’s book were given to patron party guests as gifts. Prize-winning author and creator of the 2012 Faulkner-related painting, Mary Helen Lagasse, auctioned an original piece depicting Faulkner’s writing space at his home in Oxford, Miss. Dr. Carlos Trujillo purchased the painting for $2,000.

The fundraiser benefits The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s programming for dedicated readers, developing writers and literacy projects for at-risk teenagers.

Event at a Glance
What:  “Juleps in June,” benefiting the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society
When: Sunday, June 10
Where: The Audubon Home of honorary chairs Cathy and Rivie Cary

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