Cat’s Out Of The Bag …

It’s official my book — that’s right, my book — is available for pre-order on Amazon! An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward is due out spring 2017 from Pelican Publishing.

The Amazon synopsis states:

Steeped in musical influence, racial dynamics, and culinary significance, the Ninth Ward has distinguished itself as one of New Orleans’ most influential communities—so why is its history so often overlooked?

While many have heard of Ruby Bridges, most don’t know about the McDonogh Three, who desegregated another Ninth Ward school on the same day. And when Hurricane Katrina threatened to displace its notable musicians, the Ninth Ward provided sanctuary with its modern Musicians’ Village.

Extensively researched and carefully recorded, An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward features substantial, unique interviews with generations of residents to preserve the history of the district. Each source honestly evaluates discrimination, neighbors, poverty, and faith, delivering heartfelt and often harrowing insight into what it means to be from the Ninth Ward.

Readers will explore the community’s changing population, from its inception as an immigrant borough that welcomed a majority African American community—and the stigmas it faced for doing so—to the encroaching gentrification by the hipster population. With each chapter chronicling one of the metaphorical and actual storms the area has weathered, this volume is a comprehensive record of history and folklore from the people who know the Ninth Ward best.

I am so, so excited to share this development. Please stay tuned for more information about my upcoming work as it becomes available.