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Room 220: Dangerous Minds

An Interview with Francine Prose

Press Street's Room 220: I was late telephoning Francine Prose. Thrilled by (and not a little nervous about) our impending conversation, I forgot that New York operates one full hour ahead of New Orleans. Thus I returned home from the store to a missed call from a 212 area code.Francine Prose had called—and left a message! I was mortified as I dialed her number. But, even after a crazy spring of interviews and reviews, she sounded genuinely glad to hear from me. As we talked about her new book, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, I was struck time and again by the range of her grace and empathy, characteristics that inform every facet of her work.

Room 220: Maurice Carlos Ruffin Wins Two Short Story Prizes

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

Room 220: Richard Silken Headlining N.O. Writer’s LitFest

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Poet Richard Siken will give the keynote reading for the 7thd annual New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts’ (2800 Chartres St.). Siken is the recipient of a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the winner of the 2004 Yale Series for Younger Poets competition for his collection Crush, and the cofounder and editor of the literary magazine spork.

Room 220: An Interview with Roxane Gay

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by Jamey Hatley 

I am not entirely convinced that Roxane Gay is a single entity. I intend to find out at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, where she will sit for panels and interviews on both Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23, at the Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St.; see links for times).

Room 220: Susan Choi Reads at Tulane March 17

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Author Susan Choi, the current Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence at Tulane University, will give a reading and sit for an interview with local author Zachary Lazar at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 17, at the Woldenberg Art Center on Tulane’s campus.

Room 220: Big Class Book Launch Thursday

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Big Class, Press Street’s after-school writing and publishing project for the children, will celebrate the launch of its newest publication, And Nothing Else Bad Happened: New Fairy Tales, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.).

Room 220: An interview with translator Susan Bernofsky

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by Clark Allen 

Susan Bernofsky hails from Louisiana and is an alumna of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Now living in New York, she is a German language translator, a teacher at the Columbia University School of the Arts, and she holds a chair at the PEN American Center.

Room 220: Sheri Fink Headlines Jewish Book Festival with FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL Presentation

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Author Sheri Fink will present her new book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Jewish Community Center (5342 St. Charles Ave.).

Room 220: Chang-rae Lee at Tulane Nov. 14

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Novelist and Princeton creative writing professor Chang-rae Lee will give a reading a book signing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Woldenberg Art Center on Tulane University’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Room 220: Susan Larson Talks NOLA Lit

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Susan Larson has established herself as the most visible individual guide to literary New Orleans. A new edition of her compendium, The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans, has just been released, offering updates to its takes on New Orleans literary history, its resource lists, reading lists, and writer recommendations. It’s a guide for both local bibliophiles and the visiting tourist who may have an inkling that there’s more to New Orleans’ literary history than a Tennessee Williams play.

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