C. Morgan Babst - THE FLOATING WORLD (in conversation with Anne Gisleson)

In powerfully lyrical prose, Morgan Babst evokes the shattered lives strewn in the wake of the levee collapses that left New Orleans in ruins. It’s a story still difficult to believe--even by those of us who lived through it.”
—John Biguenet, author of The Rising Water Trilogy

Join us for a special evening with author C. Morgan Babst  in conversation with author Anne Gisleson (THE FUTILITARIANS) celebrating the launch of the paperback edition of her New Orleans-based novel, THE FLOATING WORLD.

In this dazzling debut about family, home, and grief, Babst takes readers into the heart of Hurricane Katrina and the life of a great city.

As the storm is fast approaching the Louisiana coast, Cora Boisdoré refuses to leave the city. Her parents, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from freed slaves who became the city’s preeminent furniture makers, and his white “Uptown” wife, Dr. Tess Eshleman, are forced to evacuate without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and Cora catatonic—the victim or perpetrator of some violence mysterious even to herself.

This mystery is at the center of Babst’s haunting and profound novel. Cora’s sister, Del, returns to New Orleans from the successful life she built in New York City to find her hometown in ruins and her family deeply alienated from one another. As Del attempts to figure out what happened to her sister, she must also reckon with the racial history of the city and the trauma of a disaster that was not, in fact, some random act of God but an avoidable tragedy visited on New Orleans’s most vulnerable citizens. Separately and together, each member of the Boisdoré clan must find the strength to remake home in a city forever changed.

THE FLOATING WORLD is the Katrina story that needed to be told—one with a piercing, unforgettable loveliness and a vivid, intimate understanding of this particular place and its tangled past.

C. Morgan Babst studied writing at NOCCA, Yale, and NYU. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in such journals as the Oxford American, Guernica, the Harvard Review, LitHub, and the New Orleans Review, and her piece "Death Is a Way to Be" was honored as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She evacuated New Orleans one day before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. After eleven years in New York, she now lives in New Orleans with her husband and child.

 

Anne Gisleson’s latest book. THE FUTILITARIANS, now available in paperback, was called one of the best books of the year by Dave Eggers. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Oxford American, The Believer, Ecotone, The Los Angeles Times, and has been selected for inclusion in several anthologies, including Best American Non-Required Reading. For years, Anne was chair of the Creative Writing Program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In 2005, she co-founded Antenna in New Orleans, where she lives.

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115
The Floating World: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208639
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - October 2nd, 2018

“Set in New Orleans, this important and powerful novel follows the Boisdoré family . . . in the months after Katrina. A profound, moving and authentically detailed picture of the storm’s emotional impact on those who lived through it.” —People

In this dazzling debut about family, home, and grief, C.


The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316393928
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - July 31st, 2018

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year


Recommended Summer Reading -- Louise Erdrich, New York Times


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