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.

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

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:

  1. One Dead in Attic by Chris Rose

  2. Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz by John McCusker

  3. Hope and New Orleans by Sally Asher

  4. The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld by Christine Wiltz

  5. Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps

  6. A Streetcar Named Desire (play) by Tennessee Williams

  7. Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of Baroness de Pontalba by Christina Vella

  8. There's One In Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans by Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart

  9. Bourbon Street: A History by Richard Campanella

  10. 1 Dead in Attic: Post-Katrina Stories by Chris Rose

  11. Interview With The Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice

  12. Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Helen Prejean

  13. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

  14. Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong

  15. The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen

What We Are Reading Now

Feb. 10th, 2019 Meeting:

(6-10 PM @ Green Room at 1300 St. Bernard Ave. NOLA 70116)

Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans 

There ain’t but two songs that will stand the test of time, until the end of the world. One of them is "The Star Spangled Banner." The other one is "Mother-in-Law."
—Ernie K-Doe

May 1961, and one tune was sitting pretty atop both the R&B and pop charts. "Mother-in-Law" became the first hit by a New Orleans artist to achieve this feat—to rule black and white airwaves alike. Ernie K-Doe was only twenty-five years old, and his reign was just beginning.

Born in New Orleans’s Charity Hospital, K-Doe came of age in a still-segregated South. He built his musical chops singing gospel in church, graduating to late-night gigs on the city’s backstreets. He practiced self-projection, reinvention, shedding his surname, Kador, for the radio-friendly tag K-Doe. He coined his own dialect, heavy on hyperbole, and created his own pantheon, placing himself front and center: "There have only been five great singers of rhythm & blues—Ernie K-Doe, James Brown, and Ernie K-Doe!" Decades after releasing his one-and-only chart-topper, he crowned himself Emperor of the Universe. A decade after his death, lovers of New Orleans music remain his loyal subjects.

Journalist Ben Sandmel takes readers backstage in this intimately framed biography. Here are all the highs: Billboard raves, rock-star parties, a string of early hits that remain local staples: "A Certain Girl," "Te Ta Te Ta Ta," "T'aint It the Truth." And here are the lows: profligate spending, go-nowhere releases, and years lost to alcohol. And here, too, is the magical second act: a radio show with a cult following, a new generation of protégés, and a fresh lease on life—and love—with Antoinette Dorsey Fox.

In its broad outlines, K-Doe’s story parallels that of his beloved, beleaguered city. Granted talent—and a boatload of personality—he cannily exploited limited resources. He rose, fell, and rose again, weathering storms and lingering long after most considered him down for the count. In the end, he literally rose from the dead: an eerily lifelike statue of K-Doe held court at his castle, the Mother-in-Law Lounge, for years after his 2001 passing.

Volume two in the Louisiana Musicians Biography Series, Ernie K-Doe: R&B Emperor of New Orleans features exclusive interviews with Ernie, Antoinette, and more than a hundred musicians, friends, and family members. The series, launched in 2010, exemplifies The Historic New Orleans Collection’s commitment to preserving and celebrating the region’s unique musical culture. Interview transcripts, sound recordings, and memorabilia from the Mother-in-Law Lounge are available to the public at The Collection’s Williams

Research Center.

Please NOTE: this month's location and time is different. After the discussion around 7:30pm, attendees will head over to live music at Kermit's Treme Mother in Law Lounge - 1500 N Claiborne Ave. Bring cash for cover and tips.

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New Orleans, LA 70118


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