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Gulf South Double Book Launch

Contemporary New Orleans And Its Environs

featuring Brian Boyles and Benjamin Morris

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Building: Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium
Location: uptown campus

The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South proudly hosts a joint book launch for two New Orleans-based authors who have just published major new works on the region's recent history. Brian Boyles, author of New Orleans Boom and Blackout: One Hundred Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot, and Benjamin Morris, author of Hattiesburg, Mississippi: A History of the Hub City, will read from their works on Wednesday, February 4 in the Woldenberg Art Center's Freeman Auditorium. There will be a Q&A session following the lecture and readings. A reception and book signing will follow the event.

Boyles, a Tulane graduate from 1999, is currently director of public programming at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. His book chronicles the one hundred days prior to New Orleans’ hosting Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when business leaders and tourism officials declared the rise of the “new New Orleans,” a thriving city brimming with hope and energy. Yet the watershed moment culminated in darkness when the lights went out in the Superdome. Boyles unearths the conflicts, ambitions, and secret histories that defined the city in this pivotal time.

Morris, a poet, writer and member of the Mississippi Artist Roster, received a research fellowship from the Center for his book, the first full-length narrative history of Hattiesburg, a city whose fortunes have long been deeply intertwined with New Orleans . Once a center for lumber and rail, and a "hub city" for the Gulf South, the city is today a regional capital for education, healthcare, commerce, and the armed forces.

“The Gulf South Center is proud to host these two young authors and create a civic conversation around these two books,” Dinerstein said. “Both works make significant contributions to our understanding of the modern history of the region. We look forward to a stimulating and wide-ranging discussion."

Sponsored by: New Orleans Center for the Gulf South

Admission: Free
Attendance: Open to the public
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Staff, Visitors

Tickets: Not required

For more information contact Joel Dinerstein via email to jdinerst@tulane.edu

Additional information may be found at the event website at http://tulane.edu/liberal-arts/NOCGS/






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