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News from DVille Press • March 2021

Tebbe and Sir Bone Funk
Shine in Two Book Signings
Saturday May 15 was beautiful weather in uptown New Orleans for the book signing of Sir Bone Funk: Living Life in the Key of Triumph by Eddie Tebbe at Blue Cypress Books on Oak Street. Friends, family and fans turned out and had a terrific time.

Sir Bone Funk: Living Life
in the Key of Triumph

By Eddie Tebbe

Eddie will be signing Sat. June 5 in front of Frenchmen Art & Books (FAB) on the music club strip on Frenchmen St., 7-9:30 p.m. He welcomes his many musician friends to stop by and say hello. Once you meet Eddie with his sunny personality, you'll understand why he titled his book of short stories, poems and lyrics as he did.
New Title Murder on the Teche
Off to Good Start
Our newest book, Murder on the Teche: A True Story of Money and a Flawed Investigation, has been long awaited by family and friends of Dr. Robert Chastant, popular orthodontist in New Iberia, LA who turned up bludgeoned to death in late 2010. Despite the admitted murderer, an undocumented Mexican farm hand who helped in the doctor's horse stable, getting a life sentence in state prison, his insistence that the doctor's wife paid him to do it was never thoroughly investigated.Tom Aswell, well-known reporter and crime and corruption investigator, documents this notorious case, leaving us with troubling questions about equal justice and the role of rural sheriffs. The book is now available on our website and in bookstores -- a great summer read!

Murder on the Teche
By Tom Aswell

Cardy the Cardinal Book
Inspires Penna. Librarian
Cardy the Cardinal Finds
a Home in Donaldsonville
By Mary Gehman with
Illustrations by Alvin Batiste

Alvin Batiste at work
The children's book Cardy the Cardinal Finds a Home in Donaldsonville, by Mary Gehman with illustrations by local folk artist Alvin Batiste, was read by a librarian in Pennsylvania who reports that she is suggesting the pre-schoolers and Kindergartners at her school might design a similar book for their area. In our book Cardy the cardinal joins other birds in exploring the historic town of Donaldsonville and finds fun things that children and birds alike can enjoy, like watching ships go by on the river and admiring the old buildings. It's an effective way to make children think about their immediate surroundings and the uniqueness of their home. Wouldn't it be fun to exchange such books?
Jazz Stories Author Pfister
Facing Eye Surgery

Wishing Jazz Stories author Arthur Pfister, aka Professor Arturo, speedy recovery from the cataract operation on his "good" eye this week. His other eye needs surgery too, but a more complicated kind. Knowing how essential good eyesight is to writers and poets, he hopes to return to the computer screen soon.

Jazz Stories
By Arthur Pfister
He's also hoping to see and interact with his new born grandson, Roman, who lives nearby in Norwalk, CT.
In Memoriam: Lee Grue ,
N.O. Poet Extraordinaire
Lee Meitzen Grue, called the “fairy godmother of all poets” by local book critic Susan Larson, passed away April 3, 2021 in New Orleans at age 87. She directed the N.O. Poetry Forum from 1976 to 1990 and edited a literary journal The New Laurel Review. She also published three books of her poetry, two novels and a collection of short stories. DVille Press authors Arthur Pfister and Mary Gehman were friends of Grue and influenced by her hospitality and gentle commentaries of their work. She is already greatly missed.
Summer Reading Programs Starting
With school out in the next week or two, local libraries will offer summer reading programs, often with rewards for those who read the most books or complete a certain number of books by a deadline. Adults are also welcome to join the read-a-thons -- what better way to relax and take a trip in one's mind to far off places? Don't forget our authors at DVille Press or the independent bookstores that support them. We all really appreciate your thinking of us!

Women and New Orleans
By Mary Gehman

A History of Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana
By Brian J. Costello

The Free People of Color
of New Orleans
By Mary Gehman

No Other World
By Norman German

Edwin & I
By Bob Crowley

Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans
By Angela Carll

Cripple Bayou Two-Step
By Norman German

A Savage Wisdom
By Norman German

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