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Join us in welcoming Katy Simpson Smith featuring THE STORY of LAND and SEA, her debut novel.
Drawn to the ocean, ten-year-old Tabitha wanders the marshes of her small coastal village and listens to her father’s stories about his pirate voyages and the mother she never knew. Since the loss of his wife Helen, John has remained land-bound for their daughter, but when Tab contracts yellow fever, he turns to the sea once more. Desperate to save his daughter, he takes her aboard a sloop bound for Bermuda, hoping the salt air will heal her.
Years before, Helen herself was raised by a widowed father. Asa, the devout owner of a small plantation, gives his daughter a young slave named Moll for her tenth birthday. Left largely on their own, Helen and Moll develop a close but uneasy companionship. Helen gradually takes over the running of the plantation as the girls grow up, but when she meets John, the pirate turned Continental soldier, she flouts convention and her father’s wishes by falling in love. Moll, meanwhile, is forced into marriage with a stranger. Her only solace is her son, Davy, whom she will protect with a passion that defies the bounds of slavery.
In this elegant, evocative, and haunting debut, Katy Simpson Smith captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost, and the lonely paths we travel in the name of renewal.
Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She has been working as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University and is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835. She lives in New Orleans.
Please join us when journalist Mark Schapiro, author of CARBON SHOCK: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Global Economy, visits for a heady conversation on Friday, September 5, 6:00 P.M.
In CARBON SHOCK, veteran journalist Mark Schapiro takes readers on a journey into a world where the same chaotic forces reshaping our natural world are also transforming the economy, playing havoc with corporate calculations, shifting economic and political power, and upending our understanding of the real risks, costs, and possibilities of what lies ahead.
In this ever-changing world, carbon—the stand-in for all greenhouse gases—rules, and disrupts, and calls upon us to seek new ways to reduce it while factoring it into nearly every long-term financial plan we have. But how?
From the jungles of the Amazon to the farms in California’s Central Valley, from ‘greening’ cities like Pittsburgh to rising powerhouses like China, from the oil-splattered beaches of Spain to carbon-trading desks in London, Schapiro deftly explores the key axis points of change.
For almost two decades, global climate talks have focused on how to make polluters pay for the carbon they emit. It remains an unfolding financial mystery: What are the costs? Who will pay for them? Who do you pay? How do you pay? And what are the potential impacts? The answers to these questions, and more, are crucial to understanding, if not shaping, the coming decade.
CARBON SHOCK evokes a world in which the parameters of our understanding are shifting—on a scale even more monumental than how the digital revolution transformed financial decision-making—toward a slow but steady acknowledgement of the costs and consequences of climate change. It also offers a critical new perspective as global leaders gear up for the next round of climate talks in 2015.
Thanks to The Alliance for Affordable Energy for being our co-sponsor of this event.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Journalist Mark Schapiro explores the intersection of the environment,
economics, and political power, most recently as a correspondent at the Center
for Investigative Reporting. His work has been published in Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360,
and other publications. He has reported stories for the PBS newsmagazine Frontline/World, NOW with Bill Moyers, and public radio’s Marketplace, and is the author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power. He
is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate
School of Journalism and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
His awards include the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi, a DuPont, the Society of Environmental Journalists Reporting Award, a National Magazine Award, and a Kurt Schork Award for International reporting. Schapiro lives in San Francisco, California.
On Tuesday, September 9, 6:00 P.M., Morgan Molthrop shows us the connection between Andrew Jackson's successful New Orleans campaign and the city leaders' strategies in the wake of Katrina. Meet the author of ANDREW JACKSON'S PLAYBOOK: 15 Strategies for Success!
Many marvel at New Orleans’s miraculous rebirth, having assumed the struggling, honky-tonk Southern city could never revive itself after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Yet, the Crescent City is looking better than ever with sports and convention industries booming, a vibrant music scene and social innovation outperforming other areas of the country in job growth and economic prosperity.
In ANDREW JACKSON'S PLAYBOOK: 15 Strategies for Success, author Morgan McCall Molthrop examines surprising tactics and innovations that have contributed to the city’s rapid recovery, suggesting that contemporary civic leaders have much in common with U.S. Gen. Andrew Jackson who soundly defeated the “invincible” British Army at the Battle of New Orleans 200 years ago.
Dozens of books have been written about New Orleans’s unique music, culture, and history, but Molthrop analyzes the city’s remarkable resilience from an entirely new perspective. He theorizes that the character traits, tactics and determination Gen. Jackson demonstrated in defeating the far better trained British army are the same characteristics that helped catapult the city’s post-Katrina recovery.
By interviewing a wide array of notable local sources, Molthrop juxtaposes events from 1815 with those of 2005, demonstrating unconventional attack plans that achieved improbable victories. Success tips are categorized with military terminology, including shoring up defenses, using guerrilla tactics, acting with bravado and never forgetting the prize. Readers can reap valuable life lessons along with a fascinating history lesson.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New Orleans native Morgan Molthrop lived in New York for most of his professional career. He was vice president of a Wall Street consultancy handling accounts that included the Walt Disney Company. He took a year off to travel Europe, supporting himself by modeling. He returned to New York and worked as an editorial assistant for Carol Sother at Clarkson Potter (a division of Random House). Back on Wall Street, he worked by day and went to law school at night. After graduating, he taught the first class in corporate disclosure at NYU. He was vice president of a major telecom in Los Angeles and CEO or Morgan Grays. Returning to New Orleans in 2009, he become a historical "color analyst," hosting cultural events, writing, blogging, and using social media to promote the city and "push" city leaders. He has collaborated with artist/architect/urban planner Robert Tannen and photographer Tina Freeman in shows at Tannen's Julia Street gallery; he wrote the text for Freeman's forthcoming book, ARTISTS SPACES: New Orleans.