Multi-published author Laura Lippman, who often spends time in New Orleans, releases “After I’m Gone” this week featuring Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash.
Brewer is investigating the murder of Julie, the mistress of Felix Brewer who disappeared 10 years before to avoid serving a 15-year prison sentence for mail fraud. Brewer had left behind five devastated women: his sophisticated wife, Bambi, their three lovely daughters, and Julie. Brewer discovers a tangled web of bitterness, jealousy, resentment, greed, and longing, stretching over five decades with the enigmatic man at its center.
Lippman was awarded the first Pinckley Prize for a Distinguished Body of Work at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in March. She is the author of 19 crime novels, many featuring her signature character, Baltimore detective Tess Monaghan.
The Washington Post called “After I’m Gone,” “surprising and satisfying. [...] Like everything else Lippman has written, ‘After I’m Gone’ transcends the limits of genre.”
Edward F. Haas of Ohio, a professor of history at Wright State University who’s written numerous books on Louisiana and New Orleans, has just published “Mayor Victor H. Schiro: New Orleans in Transition, 1961-1970,” published by the University of Mississippi Press.
Another book by the University of Mississippi Press is “Creating Jazz Counterpoint: New Orleans, Barbershop Harmony and the Blues” by Vic Hobson, a trustee for the National Jazz Archive and a 2009 Woest Fellowship winner of the Historic New Orleans Collection.
Shannon Selin of British Columbia, Canada, got the idea for her novel “Napoleon in America” while dining at the Napoleon House in New Orleans. She thought, “What if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from St. Helena and wound up in the United States?” The book takes place in 1821 as French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is rescued from imprisonment by Louisiana pirateer Jean Laffite, ending up in New Orleans where he struggles to regain his health aided by voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Here, many wish for him to reconquer France or take Canada away from the British, some to conquer Texas from Mexico. How Napoleon lives out his life in American exile makes up the book’s story. For more information, visit the author’s web site at http://shannonselin.com.
Kathryn and James Elliott, therapists at Anthetic Psychology Center of Lafayette, have written a self-help romance titled “Hearts Entwined: The Love Letters of Therapist-Soulmates.” The book consists of 130 love letters written during their courtship 25 years ago. Hearts Entwined is available at Anthetic Psychology Center, 3110 W. Pinhook Rd. Suite 101 Lafayette, 70508, amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
Retired Sunset teacher and counselor Renee Hilton-Taylor has compiled a collection of poems titled “Our Everywhere God! Waking Up to God’s Almighty Presence through Poetry,” published by Inspiring Voices, a service of Guideposts magazine. Hilton-Taylor leads individual and conference retreats at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau.
The UL-Lafayette Center for Louisiana Studies’s new series, Bayou State Books Talks, continues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the South Regional Library with Marty Mulé speaking about his book, “Game Changers: The Rousing Legacy of Louisiana Sports.”
George Gunter will sign his book “Cast of Characters” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Maple Street Book Shop in New Orleans.
Cheré Coen is the author of “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana,” both from The History Press, and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Her next book is “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History.” Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.