Literary Louisiana: Deck the Bookshelf

A holiday roundup of giftable tomes for every type of reader in your life
FOR THE FAN OF ARCHITECTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY

New Orleans: An Intimate Journey Through a City with Soul

by Geoffrey H. Baker, photography by Timothy Dunford

Take a photographic tour of New Orleans and explore its storied past with this architectural exploration of the city’s varied neighborhoods. From the Vieux Carré to the Garden District, along St. Charles Avenue and down by the river, Baker and Dunford take readers behind wrought iron fences and into the shops, homes and landmarks across the city. 288 pages, $50


FOR THE SERIOUS READER WHO LOVES A GREAT MEMOIR

The Yellow House: A Memoir

by Sarah M. Broom

Now a New York Times bestseller, “The Yellow House” is an exploration of the author’s family, her own youth growing up in a once-promising, but soon-neglected neighborhood in New Orleans East, and her reckoning with love and loss post-Katrina. Praised by the New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, Time magazine and more, Broom’s personal tale will inspire, engage and transform readers. 304 pages, $23.40


FOR YOUR BRUNCH BUDDY WHO LOVES AN EXCUSE FOR MIMOSAS AND DAY DRINKING

Drag Queen Brunch

by Poppy Tooker

Award-winning cookbook author and host of Louisiana Eats radio program, Poppy Tooker invites you to put on your sassiest getup, pop open a bottle of bubbles and cook up some tasty eats along with some of the most fabulous drag queens in Louisiana. Recipes include brunch classics such as Pain Perdu and Eggs Sardou, along with cocktails like the French 75 and Poppy’s Pink cocktail. Proceeds from the book also go to Crescent Care, which offers a range of healthcare and wellness to all in the New Orleans community. 160 pages, $29.99


FOR THE PERSON WHO IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A NEW ADVENTURE

Louisiana Off the Beaten Path: Discover Your Fun

revised by Jackie Sheckler Finch

Explore unique destinations across the state with Louisiana Off the Beaten Path, with recommendations on where to scare up ghosts, discover pirate hideouts or simply stop and smell the roses, literally, with adventures across the state. 184 pages, $17.95


FOR THE AVID GARDENER

Preserving Our Roots

by John Coykendall with Christina Melton, and photographs by Sarah Hackenberg

Part cookbook, part memoir, part photo exploration, master gardener John Coykendall shares his journals and stories of exploring the rich agricultural heritage from his visits to Washington Parish. He shares memories from families and friends, more than 40 homegrown recipes, growing practices and drawings that will inspire. 208 pages, $39.95


AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

Tulane architecture professor and author Richard Campanella will receive the 20th Annual Louisiana Writer Award at this year’s Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2. He will be recognized for his nearly 20-year career detailing the history, culture, triumphs and challenges of living in Louisiana.

Past recipients of the award include: Ernest Gaines, Valerie Martin, Elmore Leonard, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Sheryl St. Germain.

In a recent press announcement, Campanella, commented on the honor: “From reading about Louisiana in 1971 all the way to today, my passion and love for Louisiana has never wavered, and Louisiana has provided me with so much opportunity over the years. I look forward to continuing to chronicle and publish about the uniqueness of Louisiana and her people.”

Campanella’s titles include “Bienville’s Dilemma: A Historical Geography of New Orleans,” “Geographies of New Orleans: Urban Fabrics Before the Storm,” and “Geographies of New Orleans.”

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