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Anne Gisleson

Anne Gisleson standing with Rosemary James, co-founder of the Faulkner Society, at their event, Happy Birthday Mr. Faulkner!

 

About the Author Anne Gisleson is the author of The Futilitarians (Little, Brown) and her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, The Oxford American, The Believer and many other publications. Her work has been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as Best American Non-Required Reading, Best Music Writing, Life in the Wake, and others. She co-edited and co-wrote How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a Work in Progress, about ground-up rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She also is author of the accompanying essays for photographer Michel Varisco’s Shifting, a book about the beauty and degradation of the coastal wetlands. In 2005, she co-founded the literary and visual arts non-profit Antenna. Anne teaches writing at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). In addition to her appearance as guest of honor for Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!, Anne is invited to present during the Society’s Words & Music festival in December. About Her Book According to National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich, author of LaRose, Ms. Gisleson’s book “sets out a search for meaning in grand terms and solves the search in the beauty of loving detail. Plus, Spoiler, it ends in fireworks and a reading list you do not want to miss.” And journalist/historian/biographer Walter Issacson, whose recent books include Steve Jobs and Einstein: His Life and Universe, who says, “After Katrina, New Orleanians became experts in resilience. Anne Gisleson has captured that spirit poignantly.” (Walter’s new biography, Leonardo da Vinci, is out this fall and already has been purchased for a film to star Leonard DiCaprio by Paramount, which won a bidding battle with Paramount to secure the rights. Walter will do a New Orleans launch of his book with the Faulkner Society at a Literature & Lunch session of the Society’s Words & Music festival on Thursday, December 7.)

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