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Today in NOLA: 4.1.15

There's not much going on in New Orleans tonight. April Fools! April Toole's Day delves into the writing of Toole's locally inspired novel A Confederacy of Dunces with a night of reading excerpts aloud. The Revivalists and Robin Barnes are at Lafayette Square. Hi Ho Lounge hosts french DJ and producer Shiba San. Today in history, radio station WRNO (The Rock of New Orleans, or West Bank Radio New Orleans) pranked the airwaves by repeating a loop of the Rush Limbaugh Show's theme song all day to celebrate their acquisition of the show from WWL. Now, more on hump day happenings. 

Room 220: April Toole's Day

By Nathan Martin, Room 220

As Americans read fewer and fewer books and feel generally more isolated in the technological age, there has emerged a response among lovers of literature that seems to address both issues—mass public book readings that engage attendees both literarily and socially.

Petition Seeks 'Dunces' as State Book, Not Bible planted their placard in Louisiana with a billboard that drew a lawsuit from the lieutenant gov. Now, at least one of the left-leaning netroots org's many advocates is spinning Fortuna's wheel when it comes to our books, too. A petition recently posted to the site calls for John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces to be the official book of Louisiana.

'A Confederacy of Dunces' Manuscript Heads Back to Louisiana

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has locked another gem in their Toole box and purchased a rare copy of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. UL Lafayette purchased the 290-page typed manuscript of the classic New Orleans novel earlier this month, at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. 

University of Louisiana at Lafayette Were Winners of John Kennedy Toole Letter at Auction

Remember the anonymous auction winner who spent $12,500 on a letter penned by John Kennedy Toole at Sotheby's in New York last week? Well, turns out it wasn't some rich yankee that won the bidding. The Ragin' Cajuns are bringing this piece of Louisiana history back to its proper home. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette identified themselves as the buyers of the 1963 postage from Puerto Rico today, saying they bid on the letter and adjoining lot of Toole artifacts in order to keep them in the Pelican State.

John Kennedy Toole Letter Auctioned Off for $12,500

Among the correspondence of presidents and Einstein, a letter written by John Kennedy Toole was on the auction block this morning at Sotheby's in New York. According to the auction house, one unnamed bidder shelled out $12,500 for the Confederacy of Dunces author's missive to the woman who inspired Myrna Minkoff. The 1963 letter Toole wrote from Puerto Rico to Dr. Patricia Rickels, which was the most valued item of a lot that also included a first edition of Dunces and various Toole children's books, was forecast to fetch $10,000-$15,000. Sounds like Fortuna's wheel was middling today.

'Dunces' on the Block: John Tennedy Toole Letter, Books Set For Sotheby's Auction

Zach Galifianakis may want to take note of a Sotheby's auction coming up next month. Among a series of original materials from Pulitzer Prize-winning authors on the block June 15 is a trove of John Kennedy Toole documents that offer a window into the mind of the Confederacy of Dunces author. The lot, which is valued at $10-15K, includes a 1963 letter written from Puerto Rico by Toole to Dr. Patricia Rickels, who is figured to be the inspiration for Myrna Minkoff.

John Kennedy Toole Biographer Appears Twice in Two Days

Cory MacLauchlin is on a tour of New Orleans that includes meetings everywhere but under the Woolworth's clock. Over the weekend, he answered questions after a screening of a documentary about John Kennedy Toole. Early this week, the Confederacy of Dunces author's most recent biographer will get the floor to himself with two apperances scheduled to talk about his book, Butterfly in the Typewriter.

Soldiers of Fortuna

Dawn DeDeaux's Prospect.2 Exhibition Takes a Multi-Medium Look at the Classical Influences Behind 'A Confederacy of Dunces'

New Orleans native Dawn DeDeaux is staging an intervention to fight the dark ages of our times, and The Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces, In an Effort to Make Sense of It All - a multimedia project inspired by John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces is the mandate to spread joyous enlightenment throughout the swamp and great continental wilderness beyond.

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