The Creativity Collective launches Nolalit, a book club that reads riveting works about New Orleans.

Nolalit votes on the books and reads independently, meeting the second Monday of the month at historic landmark, The Columns Hotel (3811 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115) at 6:00 p.m. Adults and mature teens are invited to attend with $1 per meeting towards promotion. Food and drinks are available during Column’s happy hour 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Embrace local literature in a social setting! We celebrate completing a book with an optional field trip or author-speaker. This is a great introduction to the rich culture of New Orleans for new residents and anyone who wants to share their passion for reading about New Orleans with others.

Come laugh, be inspired, and participate in thought-provoking conversation.

Nolalit is a project of the Creativity Collective, a workforce of creative thinkers with a community focus–a 501c3 awarded non-profit that consists of artists, parents, and students.

We will be choosing from these titles:

  1. Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  2. One Dead in Attic by Chris Rose
  3. Beautiful Crescent by Joan B. Garvey
  4. Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz by John McCusker
  5. Hope and New Orleans by Sally Asher
  6. The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld by Christine Wiltz
  7. Unfathomable City by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker
  8. Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans by Matt Sakakeeny
  9. Lost Restaurants of New Orleans by Peggy Scott Laborde and Tom Fitzmorris
  10. Galatoires, Biography of a Bistro by Marda Burton & Kenneth Holditch
  11. Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps
  12. Courtroom Carnival: Famous New Orleans Trials by S. L. Alexander
  13. Mad Madame Lalaurie: New Orleans's Most Famous Murderess Revealed by Victoria Cosner Love
  14. A Streetcar Named Desire (play) by Tennessee Williams
  15. Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of Baroness de Pontalba by Christina Vella
  16. There's One In Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans by Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart
  17. Bourbon Street: A History by Richard Campanella
  18. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  19. Why New Orleans Matters by Tom Piazza
  20. 1 Dead in Attic: Post-Katrina Stories by Chris Rose
  21. A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation by Tal McThenia
  22. Gumbo Ya-Ya: A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales by Lyle Saxon
  23. The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld by Herbert Asbury
  24. Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky
  25. The Crescent City Lynchings: The Murder of Chief Hennessy, the New Orleans "Mafia" Trials, and the Parish Prison Mob by Tom Smith
  26. A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long
  27. Soul Kitchen by Poppy Z. Brite
  28. Interview With The Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice
  29. The Client by John Grisham
  30. The Haunted History of New Orleans: Ghosts of the French Quarter by James Caskey
  31. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  32. New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society by Kent B. Germany
  33. Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum
  34. Tom Fitzmorris's Hungry Town: A Culinary History of New Orleans, the City Where Food Is Almost Everything by Tom Fitzmorris
  35. Mardi Gras Indians by Michael P. Smith
  36. Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Helen Prejean
  37. The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf by William C. Davis
  38. Unorganized Crime: New Orleans in the 1920s by Louis Vyhnanek
  39. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
  40. The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina--the Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist by Ivor van Heerden
  41. Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
  42. Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong
  43. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
  44. In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar by Frank Pérez
  45. Up from the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II by Jason Berry
  46. The Incomplete, Year-by-Year Selectively Quirky, Prime Facts Edition of the History of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by Jan Clifford
  47. The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen
  48. The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans by Lawrence N. Powell
  49. City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
  50. Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans by James Gill