HISTORY: As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, this month The Historic New Orleans Collection releases The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City by photographer David G. Spielman with essays by Jack Davis and John H. Lawrence. This 168-page hardcover-bound volume features more than 125 of Spielman’s sometimes haunting, sometimes heartening black-and-white images reminiscent of Walker Evans’ work for the Farm Security Administration during the Depression. The book is available at THNOC, at local bookstores and online, and there will be a companion exhibition on view Aug. 22 through Jan. 9, 2016, at THNOC’s art gallery at 400 Chartres St. in the French Quarter.
FICTION: In The Gates of Evangeline, author Hester Young leads the reader through a dreamy, Southern gothic mystery from the East Coast to Louisiana. The story follows Charlie Cates, who’s grieving over the death of her preschool-aged son, Keegan. When Cates begins dreaming of children in danger, she travels to a small town in Louisiana and delves into the 30-year-old case of a missing 3-year-old and the wealthy Deveau family’s plantation. Inspired by a family tradition of haunting premonitions, Young’s novel is powerful and captivating.
ROCK: Melodic, high-energy rock is at the root of The Breton Sound’s music. The New Orleans band’s five-track EP, Don’t Be Afraid of Rock & Roll: Volume 1, was released in the spring. The original tracks include a duet with Cherie LeJeune on the lovely “Love You More.” The album was funded in part by a successful Indiegogo campaign and was recorded throughout the South in Atlanta, Memphis and New Orleans. Many will recognize the band from appearances at Jazz Fest and the Voodoo Music Experience and are familiar with vocalist and guitarist Jonathan Pretus from his time with Cowboy Mouth. The band has several shows scheduled throughout Louisiana and Texas in July and August, including a gig during the Red Dress Run on Aug. 8.
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