Friday, May 29, 2015

106. Interview with Alys Arden about Casquette Girls

106. Welcome to the beginning of our third year!  This week we interview Alys Arden.  She grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She still plans to run away with the circus one day.  Her first novel is The Casquette Girls.  After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined. Amidst the mayhem, strange events – too unnatural even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic where she accidentally opens a Pandora’s box – one that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. May 31, 1964. Last run of Canal Street Streetcar.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. On May 31, 1985, the New Orleans Saints were sold for $70,204,000.  Tom Benson acquired the franchise from John W. Mecom, Jr., the team's first majority stockholder.  Benson  hired Jim Finks as general manager and Jim Mora as head coach.
  3. This week in Louisiana.New Orleans Oyster Festival
    Woldenberg Park
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504.835.6410
    http://www.neworleansoysterfestival.org/
    May 30 - 31, 2015
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM CDT  
    "More than 20 restaurants will be preparing oyster dishes for a festival that includes the Acme Oyster-Eating Contest, the P&J Oyster-Shucking Competition, and the New Orleans Fish House Largest Oyster Contest. There also will be arts and crafts vendors, and children's activities. Entertainers for 2015 include the Treme Brass Band, Colin Lake, the Bucktown All-Stars, Rockin' Dopsie, Marcia Ball, and more. Proceeds support the Louisiana oyster industry, the French Quarter community, and the 8th District of the New Orleans Police Department."

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