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Room 220: Maurice Carlos Ruffin Wins Two Short Story Prizes


Press Street's Room 220: 

Local writer Maurice Carlos Ruffin recently won two national story prizes, earning him prestige and acclaim (and a nice chunk of change).


Robert Stone Returns

Room 220 Talks NOLA with Novelist in Front of Tulane Talk



from Press Street's Room 220

Robert Stone’s visionary fiction has led readers across the globe, from Vietnam to Central America to Hollywood, and now to a small New England mill town in his first novel in ten years, Death of the Black-Haired Girl. But the journey started here in New Orleans, where Stone lived for some time and began work on his debut novel, A Hall of Mirrors.


Room 220: Stray Leaves: The Raven at the Gate of the Tropics


By Michael Allen Zell, from Press Street's Room 220

Stray Leaves, a monthly(ish) column of New Orleans literary obscurities by Michael Allen Zell, is a lifting up of stones and crowing about that found underneath, led by the guiding notion that we are standing on the shoulders of writers and books that deserve their names and faces returned to the public.


A Company Man

Newly Edited Memoir of 18th Century Clerk Offers Rare Peek Into Historic New Orleans



In 1730, Marc-Antoine Caillot arrived in New Orleans to record his observations about Louisiana, or 'New France,' as he knew it. In 'A Company Man,' modern Crescent City residents get a peek into their hometown in the 18th Century and see that much of the lure of 18th Century New Orleans persists into the 21st.


'What About Us?'

Room 220 Previews The Melanated Writers' Summer Reading Series



Like most things in New Orleans, the men and women of the MelaNated Writers collective aren’t simply just writers—among them you will find musicians, students, journalists, lawyers, professors, activists, and citizens who live and work in a city where some were born but ultimately all have chosen to call home.


Beyond the Light of the Jukebox: A Room 220 Interview with Dean Paschal


by Pia Z. Ehrhardt of Room 220

Dean Paschal grew up in a small town in southwest Georgia called Albany. Upon sensing the twilight of his official childhood in the seventh grade, he began to read every children’s book he could get his hands on while they were still, by society’s regard, age-appropriate. He was an indiscriminate reader, though, so along with classics like Winnie the Pooh and Little Women, he digested lesser works like Black Beauty, which he chose as the subject for an English paper.


Michael Jeffrey Lee Channels Southern Gothic Tonight on Maple Street


by Cate Czarnecki

Tonight, the Uptown location of Maple Street Book Shop will host a reading by local author Michael Jeffrey Lee in honor of his recently published collection of short fiction Something In My Eye. Winner of the 2010 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, the collection is a darkly imaginative compilation that expands on classic Southern Gothic themes by superimposing them over significant issues in modern American life including economic recession, homelessness and war.


Room 220: 'The Moviegoer' at 50


From Press Street's Room 220

The 50th birthday of American classic Catch-22 has been widely noted recently across outlets that publish literary journalism. But this week, The Millions featured an excellent essay on the book that beat Heller’s masterpiece for the 1962 National Book Award: The Moviegoer, by New Orleans’ favorite literary existential Catholic hero, Walker Percy.


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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