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Book Signing at French Quarter Fest April 14, 2009

Posted by Mark Folse in books, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
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coverI will be signing my book Carry Me Home A Journey Back to New Orleans at Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, 600 Frenchman Street, on Friday April 17 from 6-8 pm. Come by after French Quarter Fest and stop by. We’ll be outside trying to tap into the passing French Quarter Fest crowd, so look for us there. I won’t be trying to read into that noisy mob but I will be passing on the usual wine and such in favor of passing out tots of Old New Orleans rum to interested passers by, so stop by and have a drink. Find it at your favorite local bookstore if you can’t make this, and watch the book’s blog for future events. (Next up is the Jazz Fest Book Tent Sunday, April 26).

Carry Me Home book signing Saturday February 13, 2009

Posted by Mark Folse in 504, 8-29, books, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
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coverThe Maple Street Book Shop will host a signing of Carry Me Home on Saturday, February 14 from 12-2 p.m. Maple Street Book Shop is located as 7523 Maple St. in New Orleans in the Uptown/Carrollton area.

Carry Me Home is available online at Lulu.com and Amazon, but I encourage you to patronize your local bookstores listed on the side of the page.

“It belongs on the bookshelf alongside the other worthy post-Katrina works. [His] heart is absolutely in the right place, and it is that heart — that passion — that the reader will ultimately remember from this book.”
• Voices of New Orleans blog, published by Chin Music Press (publisher of Do You Know (What It Means to Miss New Orleans)

“Mark’s writing is about skill and heart… A blend of reporting, memoir and analysis, Carry Me Home is as immediate as it is reflective. It’s more than a love letter to New Orleans – it’s a survival guide for post-Katrina America. Mark shows how to go through a disaster with your soul intact.”
• Michael Tisserand, author of “Sugarcane Academy” and “The Kingdom of Zydeco”

“Mark Folse is one of the best writers in Louisiana.”
• Greg Peters, Suspect Device cartoonist

Errata, Mea Culpa, (Merda) January 12, 2009

Posted by Mark Folse in 8-29, books, errata, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
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To everyone who has received a copy of “Carry Me Home” I want to apologize for distributing an initial printing which, upon close examination, contains not not on the final, approved manuscript but on a early pre-correction copy. It has numerous (previously corrected) typographical errors.

Chaulk this up to the vagueries of on-line, on-demand publishing. The lesson: in this world, nobody has your back except yourself. Check everything three times.

In this case, I had to make a change to correct a publishing issue (page numbers on the end pages, which in Lulu’s on-demand distribution channel–the books that will go out via Amazon, B&N, etc.–is a no no). Through my error the corrected manuscript was not the final one, but an older copy (which had ended up under the newer name on my local hard drive). When I went to proof the corrected version, I only checked for the page numbers, layout, table of contents, etc. without proofing the text. Big mistake.

I am already working with the publisher to correct this, and expect to have copies of the approved manuscript in a week or so days. The on-line ordering copy is already corrected. If you received a review or promotional copy or complimentary copy, what you have is not what is intended for final distribution. I will send the local reviewers clean copies as soon as they are available.

If you received the book announcement, have been contacted by me about taking the initial placement of the book, or have indicated your interest in the book, I am going to have to step back for a week or so until I have the correct copies in hand.

Anyone with a smattering of Romance language will recognize the third term in today’s Latin for Idiots (Latin Pro Bardus) lesson.

Afterthought: Hey, someday it will be a rare and valuable first edition, so if you have one, I suggest you hold onto it.

For the curious, see the page Errata for the details of the corrections to the book.

Carry Me Home at deVille Books January 9, 2009

Posted by Mark Folse in books, Hurricane Katrina, literature, New Orleans, NOLA.
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Carry Me Home is now available at deVille Books, 134 Carondelet Street, New Orleans.

I am working to place the book locally in advance of it hitting Bowker’s Books in Print and the wholesale and major on-line channels (which it should by the end of January).

If you don’t shop on-line, watch this space (and the banner ad at right) for locations carrying the book. And you can always get it here.

Also, here is a link to an on-line reading I gave of a piece as originally published on Wet Bank Guide done for WTUL-FM’s Community Gumbo show in September, 2006. (Thanks, Schroeder).

In The Brown Zone with Mother Cabrini

Carry Me Home November 23, 2008

Posted by Mark Folse in New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
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So, after much messing with the manuscript and a thousand delays (I had hoped to do this before rising tide, and now it’s nearly the holidays), I’ve put together a collection of pieces originally from my Wet Bank Guide blog and compiled them into a book, “Carry Me Home — A Journey Back to New Orleans.”

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Many of the pieces were re-worked for a hard copy publication, and given the editing they needed. So many were originally written in the wee hours of the dark with on better proof than a spell check. I had the idea to collect these at about the same time I decided to close the Wet Bank Guide chapter.

I appreciate the advice I had from several NOLA Bloggers with experience in the publishing world. I decided (against their advice) to make this a self-published venture partly because of the amount of time it would have required to go down the traditional path. It would have been a very different project, and tied up my time looking back at the Web Bank Guide era instead of looking forward. Now that this is behind me I hope to have time to focus on other non-blog writing projects.

The book is available today at www.lulu.com. As part of the Lulu distribution system, it should hit Bowker’s Books in Print in about two to three weeks, and onlines retailers like Amazon and B&N.Com by January. I intended to hit the pavement to try to place it in independent local book stores as well.

Thanks again to all of the people who left kind comments or sent emails back in the days of Wet Bank Guide, and encouraged me to keep writing in that forum. A big thanks to author, blogger and Wet Bank Guide reader Michael Tisserand for the blurb and to Greg Peters, one of who’s kind links to WBG ended up as a blurb as well. If I left anyone off the blog list in back I’m sorry. At one point, I had to start culling names to keep the book at 160 pages after edits, as I already had an ISBN number assigned and could not change the page count.


buy this book on Lulu.

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