New Orleans is a city renowned for producing real-life characters who outmatch any fictional creation. Three biographers have recently traced the life stories of native sons who defy simple categorization. Michael Tisserand’s interest in comic strips led him to profile George Herriman, a Creole of color who created the nationally syndicated Krazy Kat cartoon and addressed racial issues in the funny pages throughout the early 20th century. Kathy Finn brings the saga of flamboyant Saints owner Tom Benson to the printed page, and Melissa Daggett investigates the mysteries surrounding Henry Louis Rey, a 19th-century spiritualist who led a séance circle among free people of color who sought guidance from the dead. Moderator: David Johnson.
FRI 3/24 10:00 AM
Hotel Monteleone Queen Anne Ballroom