by Jeanie Riess
Next Wednesday, the Louisiana Humanities Center will celebrate Nancy Dixon's new N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature with a panel discussion featuring two of the book's contributors, Moira Crone and Fatima Shaik, plus New Orleans native and writer C.W. Cannon.
There will also be a reception and book signing. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities awarded Dixon a Louisiana Publishing Initiative grant to support the book, which was published by Lavender Ink last month and collects New Orleans literature across genres from the past 200 years. Brian Boyles, Director of Public Relations and Programs at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, says the LEH is proud to support the book given its scope and contemporary resonance. "Dr. Dixon's book captures the great breadth of local literary history…showing just how diverse and vibrant the New Orleans tradition remains, and how this place shaped these writers," he said in an email.
The event is at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at the LHC (938 Lafayette St.). It's free and open to the public.