BOOKS AND BEIGNETS

TW/NOLF BOOK CLUB:  GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN BY JAMES BALDWIN

Particularly in light of the 2016 documentary I Am Not Your Negro, author and civil rights activist James Baldwin is garnering new attention and appreciation for his astute analyses of race, class, and sexuality in U.S. culture. Our reading group will take up his groundbreaking semi-autobiographical first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953). Attendees are invited to read this seminal text that brought mid-20th Century African-American literature out of the shadow of Richard Wright while deftly exploring the post-Civil War Great Migration, its southern roots, its religious inflections, and its generational tensions. The suggested edition is the most recent paperback (ISBN 978-0345806543). Traditional New Orleans fare of coffee and beignets at Muriel’s Jackson Square with lively discussion to follow led by Festival favorite and Southern literary scholar Gary Richards. Seating is limited to 50 persons; please register in advance.

  SAT 3/24 8:00 AM

  Individual tickets to this event are available for $25

  Access included in these ticket packages:

  Muriel’s Jackson Square

Participants include: