Southern Foodways Alliance Gravy Podcast

I was recently interviewed for the Southern Foodways Alliance Gravy Podcast for a piece about Louisiana’s Lebanese community, Cajun Kibbe: Eating Lebanese in Louisiana. I am featured in the beginning of the episode, discussing the community’s history. You can listen to the interview here.

You can also read my article in Country Roads regional magazine about my own family’s Lebanese Louisiana history here. 

My Lebanese family, Sulphur, Louisiana (1950s)


Ann Curry Interview

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Ann Curry about her PBS series, We’ll Meet Again — which reunites people whose paths crossed at tumultuous moments in history. Season 2 of the show airs Tuesday nights this fall and winter.

For more about We’ll Meet Again and Ann Curry’s experience with the show read the interview on KCTS9.org: Ann Curry Discusses the Power and Appeal of ‘We’ll Meet Again’


Nat Geo Learning in Denver

I recently attended a National Geographic Learning teacher training in Denver, Colorado as the event’s keynote speaker. Here, I gave a 45 minute talk about my oral history work, my book (An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward) and how to implement oral history in the classroom. Thank you so much to National Geographic Learning for connecting me with so many great educators and for giving me the opportunity to share my work!


Join Me Next Week At Elliott Bay!

Hey Seattle! I’ll be doing a book reading and signing at Elliott Bay Book Company Wednesday, August 30, at 7 p.m. The “An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward” event is being held in conjunction with the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For more information about the reading, check out Elliott Bay’s event page or this write-up in the Capitol Hill Times.

Hope to see you there!

Barnes & Noble Mandeville Signing | Photo credit http://www.TaylorMickal.com


The New York Times Student Journeys

I just returned from teaching a journalism course to American teens at Oxford University. The course was run by The New York Times as part of their new Student Journeys program.

With two other instructors, I taught 23 budding journalists about media ethics, bias, news writing and editing. We also did some sight-seeing on a few day trips around England — London, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Stonehenge. And, the program hosted two New York Times veterans as well as other notable speakers.

The students were expected to maintain a NYT blog (which I edited), write spot news stories and complete a feature story as their “final project.” These feature stories were impressive in both concept and execution, with students tackling subjects from campus rape to Brexit to the economics of literary tourism in Oxford.

The completion of these projects, creation of a real newsroom and one-on-one feedback from my co-instructors and me, set the course apart from an average high school journalism class. The students took it upon themselves to create an online magazine to host their final projects, The Oxford Student Times.

Group photo at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. Photo by Lisa Hornak


‘An Oral History of the N.O. Ninth Ward’ In The News

My book “An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward” has been in the news lately. To learn more about the book and my inspiration to write it, check out the following write-ups and interviews:

The Whole Ninth Ward,” Country Roads magazine, April 2017 issue

Tigers in Print,” LSU Alumni Magazine, Spring 2017 issue, p. 58

“Caroline Gerdes’ New Ninth Ward Book,” Coffee With Kevin, May 8, 2017

Capitol Hill author shares oral history from New Orleans’ Ninth Ward,” The Capitol Hill Times, Aug. 21, 2017

Literary talks this week: from mysteries to ‘Murder in Seattle,’” The Seattle Times, Aug. 24, 2017

Caroline Gerdes: An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward,” Seattle Met, Aug. 30, 2017

Bumbershoot, an Indie Game Expo, Cats in the Park, and More of the Week’s Best Events,” Seattle Weekly, Aug. 30, 2017

Caroline Gerdes at Elliott Bay,” The Stranger, Aug. 30, 2017


Book Signings

My first book signing was at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington DC, after I gave a talk at their Nat Geo Nights event in February 2017.

I signed copies of my book “An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward” at the Mandeville and Metairie Barnes & Noble locations — and actually sold-out at the Metairie event — in May 2017. I also had a signing at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where my book was selected to be sold in the Book Tent.

In August 2017, I had a book reading and signing at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. And, in November 2017, I attended the National Council for the Social Studies Conference in San Francisco, where I had a book signing at the National Geographic Learning booth.