Jazz Stories, a wonderfully funny, nostalgic and zany collection of short stories like only Professor Arturo aka Arthur Pfister can write, is currently in production and should be out in late August. It was out of print for several years and is now back by popular demand through DVille Press. An adept poet, Pfister rightfully refers to his stories as "piction" -- a combination of poetry and fiction, and the riffs and rhythm of jazz music are audible as the reader is immersed in the sights, sounds and characters of his native city New Orleans. No one writing today captures New Orleans neighborhoods and their inhabitants with the same zest and imagination as the Professor!
The History of Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana
This book chronicles in fully-documented text and heirloom images the rich and colorful story of one of the oldest settlements in the Mississippi River Valley, from prehistoric times to the present day.
No Other world
a novel by Norman German
Natchitoches landowner Pierre Metoyer convinces his slave Marie Thérèze, called "Coincoin," that they live in a special world of their own, where the color of their skin does not matter.
No Other World, an engrossing fictional account of the extraordinary life of Coincoin, dramatizes the complexities of slavery in the early 19th century. After having four children by another slave, Coincoin became Pierre's concubine, producing ten children and enhancing the value of his estate by ten slaves. When Metoyer later married a white woman, Coincoin learned a hard lesson -- for her there was no other world than slavery. Later, as a free woman, Coincoin became a slaveholder herself and gave birth to her own empire, Yucca Plantation, now called Melrose Plantation, near Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Sir Bone Funk
Living Life in the Key of Triumph
Collected fiction and poetry of Eddie Tebbe
A fixture on the New Orleans music scene for years, native son Eddie Tebbe has attended multiple concerts a night, composed lyrics picked up and recorded by the likes of George Porter and Paul Sanchez, and made friends with anyone and everyone in the popular clubs. He has, as he says, felt the funk in his bones.
Local writer Colman DeKay puts it well: “Eddie writes with simplicity, urgency and honesty about the town that he loves. He’s the real deal – a New Orleanian who, despite personal setbacks, grabs the city in a gigantic life-affirming hug.“
EDWIN & I:
The Life and Times of the Cajun Prince as Told by His Conscience
This short book, by New Orleans author Bob Crowley, recounts the fictional life and Times of Edwin Edwards, former Louisiana controversial governor, through the perspective of his conscience. The book gives an amusing account of Louisiana's most flamboyant Governor.
CRIPPLE BAYOU TWO-STEP
A Shreve West romantic-comedy murder mystery by Norman German
Our new title Cripple Bayou Two-Step by Norman German, a bone-shaking murder mystery set in the backwaters of Lake Charles, LA.
Out of print since 2008, Norman German's haunting novel is now available again!
Exciting second edition now available
from Dville Press!
Where Writers Wrote In New Orleans
"Cardy the Cardinal Finds a Home in Donaldsonville"
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Written by Mary Gehman • Illustrated by Alvin Batiste
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A Classic is Back!
The Free People of Color of New Orleans: An Introduction
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Antebellum New Orleans was home to thousands of urbane, educated and well-to-do free blacks. The French called them les gens de couleur libre, the free people of color; after the Civil War they were known as the Creoles of color, shortened today to simply Creoles. Theirs was an ambiguous status, sharing the French Language, Catholic religion and European education of the elite whites, but also keeping African and indigenous American influences from their early heritage. This is their story, rarely mentioned in conventional histories, and often misunderstood today, even by some of their descendants. The book is an easy read that lays out the chronology of events, laws and circumstances that formed the unique racial mix of New Orleans and much of Louisiana. Includes end notes, suggested bibliography, index, and a listing of family names of free people of color that appear in the early years of the Louisiana Territory. A must-have for genealogists, historians, and students of African-American history.
This is Mary`s new 2017 edition, and the only official copy produced by Mary Gehman.
Additional titles by Mary Gehman
Women and New Orleans: A History
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