Postcard from New Orleans

August 24th, 2009 by Larry Smith  

The Times-Picayune books editor Susan Larson did a wonderful piece on the book, which ran as the lead art piece in the print paper, offering that A.D. has “an immediate place among the Katrina classics.” Bonus: my friend Cree McCree said the photo of Josh in the paper made him look dreamy.

Walking around New Orleans and talking to people, it’s clear that folks still read the print paper here—so many people I talked to had seen the piece and loved the project; it’s extra-special to receive such kind words and appreciation for the project from the hometown paper. Over at the weekly Gambit, Noah Bonaparte Pais writes: “The 13-chapter volume is being held up as one of the definitive accounts of the catastrophe, both by the media and the story’s subjects.”

Josh also did a fairly long, thoroughly thoughtful interview on WWNO, New Orleans’ local NPR station. The segment, which you can hear by clicking the above link, is one of the best examples of “the story behind the story” to date.

Out of the Big Easy, this review from the L.A. Times, points to exactly why A.D. matters, and why we undertook the challenge we did: “[A.D.] is the people’s history of Katrina; their experience of the hurricane, the flood and the government.”

Above: The Doctor with his hot off the press copy of A.D., with Kip, his beloved English Staffie Terrier, who also makes an appearance in the book.

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