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 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Due to COVID-19, we are still determining if this month's Nolalit meeting will be held in person or through Zoom. To be a part of this or other monthly meetings, join our events through our Facebook page.
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. www.facebook.com/gonolalit.
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.
Here are a few of the titles we have read:
One Dead in Attic by Chris Rose
Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz by John McCusker
Hope and New Orleans by Sally Asher
The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld by Christine Wiltz
Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps
A Streetcar Named Desire (play) by Tennessee Williams
Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of Baroness de Pontalba by Christina Vella
There's One In Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans by Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart
Bourbon Street: A History by Richard Campanella
1 Dead in Attic: Post-Katrina Stories by Chris Rose
Interview With The Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice
Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Helen Prejean
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong
The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen
What We Are Reading Now
August 10, 2020 Meeting:
Hungry Town by Tom Fitzmorris
Tom Fitzmorris covers the New Orleans food scene like powdered sugar covers a beignet. For more than thirty-five years he’s written a weekly restaurant review, but he’s best known for a long-running, daily radio talk show devoted to New Orleans restaurants and cooking.
In Tom Fitzmorris's Hungry Town, Fitzmorris movingly describes the disappearance of New Orleans’s food culture in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its triumphant comeback—an essential element in the city’s recovery. He leads up to it with a recent history of New Orleans dining before the hurricane, from the Creole craze of the 1980s to the opening of restaurants by big-name chefs like Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. Fitzmorris’s coverage of the heroic return of the city’s chefs after Katrina highlights the importance of local cooking traditions to a community. The book includes recipes for some of the dishes mentioned in the story, and numerous sidebars informed by Fitzmorris’s long career writing about this delicious city.
“New Orleanians are passionate about a lot of things, especially food! Nobody understands this better than Tom Fitzmorris. In Hungry Town, Tom gives readers insight into this amazing and one-of-a-kind city, and shows how food and the restaurant industry helped the city to survive and thrive after Katrina.”
— EMERIL LAGASSE, chef, restaurateur, and TV host
“No city restaurant critic in U.S. history has written more, eaten more, or knows more of their cuisine than Tom Fitzmorris.”
— JAMES CARVILLE, political commentator, New Orleanian, and food enthusiast
“A delicious read, part autobiographical, with wonderful recipes and a comprehensive restaurant history. This is a great tribute to the indomitable spirit of the New Orleans restaurant community, which brought our city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Hungry Town is a must for both New Orleanians and lovers of New Orleans food.”
— ANNE GOOCH, Galatoire’s Restaurant and New Orleans Wine and Food Experience co-founder
“This book is a must-have for any New Orleanian or anyone traveling to New Orleans. It’s full of the juicy tidbits that you can’t find anywhere else. His prose will leave you salivating after every chapter. What a delicious read!”
— JOHN BESH, Besh Restaurant Group chef/owner
“From his cat-bird seat, Tom Fitzmorris shares with us the family feuds, delicious tidbits, and vicious bites that comprise the New Orleans food scene of the late twentieth century. Hungry Town is the Tom-tell-all we’ve all been waiting for!”
— POPPY TOOKER, Slow Food New Orleans founder and food activist