One City/One Book programs rarely (if ever) select a brand new book.
But One Book/New Orleans has chosen the just-released (as of yesterday) City of Refuge by Tom Piazza.
Piazza has lived in New Orleans since 1994. An author of several books on jazz and blues as well as fiction and a memoir, his response to Hurricane Katrina was the book Why New Orleans Matters. According to the Times Pacayune, the signing for that book in Oct. 2005 was “one of the first great literary homecomings after the flood.”
The title of City of Refuge comes from a 1920’s gospel song by New Orleans singer Blind Willie Johnson. The Times Pacayune heralds it, saying
…the big Katrina novel here at last, reconstructing a city’s stubborn spirit through a writer’s keen vision into singular human hearts. It remembers the life before, honors the lives lost, and adds its urgency to the struggle that continues.
Piazza appeared at a kick-off event in a New Orleans bookstore last night and will continue to make appearances in the city throughout August.
City of Refuge
- Hardcover: $24.95
- Publisher: Harper (August 19, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 0061238619
- ISBN-13: 978-0061238611
- Large Print Paperback: $24.95
- Publisher: HarperLuxe (September 9, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 0061669024
- ISBN-13: 978-0061669026