Got a nice email the other day from Melissa Bastian, an ex-New Orleanian now in New York. (“My house got swallowed by Lake Pontchartrain just about three years ago now,” she noted.)
Seems she came across LfNO on a recent visit to N.O., and wanted to invite me to an event Saturday night August 23, marking the release of her zine “Anywhere I Lay My Head,” about her Katrina experience.
Unfortunately for me, that event is in New York City, whereas I’ll be at home sleepy Savannah that night. But maybe you, or someone you know, can go?
1 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
August 23rd 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Free admission, donations to Common Ground Collective greatly appreciated
The zine recounts artist and writer Melissa Bastian’s experiences with Hurricane Katrina and the ways in which she has rebuilt her life and dealt with the ramifications of the disaster. She will be present for the full extent of the event to answer questions and discuss the work, and will be doing a short reading at 8pm.
Paintings and photographs of the New Orleans area that correlate with the context of the work will be on display from Tuesday the 19th through Saturday the 23rd.
Also on display during the event will be letterpress prints, and personal items such as Ms. Bastian’s scrap book of newspaper clippings and her photographs from the first visits back to the city. …
25% of any revenue generated from zine or artwork sales will be donated to the Common Ground Collective in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.
Tell your friends, and if you go, tell me how it was. I’m making arrangements to acquire a copy of the zine itself, more on that later.