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Rolland Golden: Rolland Golden: Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter - At the Garden District Gallery, 1332 Washington, New Orleans 70130

Aug 1 2014 6:00 pm
Aug 1 2014 8:00 pm

Friday, August 1st

6-8PM

At the Garden District Gallery 

 

In the early twentieth century, the French Quarter had become home to a vibrant community of working artists attracted to the atmosphere, architecture, and colorful individuals who populated the scene (and who also became some of its first preservationists). Louisiana native Rolland Golden was one of these artists to live, work, and raise a family in this most storied corner of New Orleans. With 94 black-and-white and 54 color photographs and illustrations, his memoir of that life focuses on the period of 1955 to 1976. Golden, a painter, discusses the particular challenges of making a living from art, and his story becomes a family affair involving his daughters and his beloved wife, Stella.


Golden's studio sat in a patio on Royal Street, around the corner from Preservation Hall where old-time musicians played Dixieland Jazz. Golden sketched and painted many of them in a visual style that encompassed realism and gradually developed into abstract realism. Golden recalls work that he did in historic preservation, sketching architecture for publications such as the Vieux Carré Courier, and he discusses his studies with renowned regionalist painter John McCrady. The artist frankly discusses his experiences with the display, representation, and sale of his work, presenting a little-explored and yet crucial part of a working artist's life. The memoir concludes with Golden and his wife traveling to the premiere of his exhibition in Moscow, having been selected by a Russian envoy as the only American artist to have a one-man touring exhibition in the former Soviet Union. Among the nearly 150 black-and-white and color illustrations are never-before-seen photos and sketches by the artist.

This book is available in hardcover ($35.00).

Rolland Golden signs his book, Rolland Golden: Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter.

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

 

 


 

Location: 
Street:
Garden District Gallery
Additional:
1332 Washington
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130
Country:
United States

Bob Rogers: The Laced Chameleon

Aug 30 2014 1:00 pm
Aug 30 2014 3:00 pm

Saturday, August 30th

1-3PM 

 

Mademoiselle Francesca Dumas is a quadroon (one-quarter African American) and concubine of a New Orleans banker, Joachim Buisson. Courted by moneyed white men, she leads a sheltered life of elegant gowns and lavish balls until a bullet shatters her dream world. While awaiting the arrival of the Union Navy among a throng gathered atop a Mississippi River levee April 25, 1862, Francesca’s lover is shot dead by her side. Rain soaked and blood-stained Francesca vows revenge.

The grieving Francesca is evicted from Joachim’s house by his family who refuses to honor the lovers’ plaçage (concubinage) contract. Francesca’s life becomes intertwined with a homeless hungry white woman and her children when she shares her last Confederate dollars to buy food for them. Her investigation of the woman’s plight lands her work as a spy for Major General Benjamin Butler’s army occupying New Orleans. As Francesca struggles with her identity to make principled choices between another plaçage arrangement and independence, an acquaintance is murdered and her best friend, Emily, is kidnapped.

Bob Rogers discusses and signs his book, The Laced Chameleon.

This book is available in paperback ($16.99).

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
Garden District Book Shop
Additional:
2727 Prytania Street
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130-5968
Country:
United States

Jesmyn Ward: Men We Reaped

Sep 16 2014 6:00 pm
Sep 16 2014 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 16th

 

6-7:30PM 

 

 In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth—and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own.

Jesmyn grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. She writes powerfully about the pressures this brings, on the men who can do no right and the women who stand in for family in a society where the men are often absent. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity. A brutal world rendered beautifully, Jesmyn Ward’s memoir will sit comfortably alongside Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I'm Dying, Tobias Wolff's This Boy’s Life, and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Jesmyn Ward discusses and signs her book, Men We Reaped.

This book is availble in paperback ($16.00)

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books. 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
Garden District Book Shop
Additional:
2727 Prytania Street
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130-5968
Country:
United States
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