New Orleans & Baton Rouge Events!
This weekend I'm going to be doing two events in Louisiana, where one side of my family lives. On Saturday at 5 p.m. I'll be at Octavia Books in New Orleans, and on Sunday at 2 p.m. I'll be at Barnes & Noble Citiplace in Baton Rouge.
I AM SO EXCITED!
Not only because I get to see my younger sisters, but because I get to visit one of my favorite places on Earth. My dad worked in New Orleans when I was a teenager, so from the time I was 12 to the time I was 18, I got to spend part of my summers and several weeks a year there. We rode bikes to Audubon Park and along the levee, ate shrimp po-boys, scoped out Anne Rice's Garden District mansion, caught cabbages and carnations at the St. Patrick's Day parade, and listened to staggeringly talented buskers and street musicians whenever we went to the French Quarter. I'm incredibly happy in the place I live now, but I don't think I've ever fallen in love with a city before or since New Orleans.
I've only been back once since Katrina. My family was lucky enough to have relocated to Baton Rouge a year before the storm hit, though a lot of people they loved were still living in New Orleans at the time. The city seemed changed - subdued - the last time I was there, but it was coming back to life. I'm looking forward to going back. I'm looking forward to seeing the places where the live oaks have cracked the sidewalks in the Garden District and eating food no one can reproduce quite right outside of the Gulf Coast. I'm even looking forward to the street signs - Tchoupitolas and Perdido and Magazine Street. A part of me feels like it's coming home.