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So, I Got a Book Contract

For a while now I have been in discussions with LSU Press about writing a book. As you can see above, the contract finally got signed today. The book is going to be called Water Under Everything. For those of you who don’t happen to be obsessive Eudora Welty fans, the title comes from a short story she published in the New Yorker in 1952 titled, No Place For You My Love.

 

It tells the story of two single people who are seated together at a brunch at Galatoire's. After getting to know each other a bit they decide to drive out of New Orleans and down to Venice at the tip of where the Mississippi empties into the Gulf. The story is about the way Louisiana changes as it descends towards the water and about how the people change as well. At one point a character in the story say “The water was under everything.”

 

Anyone who has been to Grand Isle or who has thought much about the physical nature of the state of Louisiana can attest that this description fits the state as a whole. Water Under Everything will be about that Louisiana, the constantly changing, green, slipping, aquatic, half-mad world that is everywhere a place unto itself. In short, it is going to be about what I love about Louisiana and the things I fear are threatening our own unique corner of the world.

 

I put together a little reading list to get me started and I am listing it below. If you have suggestions then please say so, but I am trying to limit the total number of books to around 10. I have read most of the ones listed below but it never hurts to re-familiarize yourself with the masters. I am also taking suggestions for chapter subjects. Each chapter will deal with a different place, festival, restaurant or town. So, let me know a little about your favorites. I am sure you will be hearing more about it as the project moves forward. And, by the way, you now can stop worrying about what you are going to get everyone for Christmas 2013.

 

Bayou Farewell

Rising Tide

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

A Confederacy of Dunces

The Moviegoer

Lanterns on the Levee

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

All The Kings Men

Kingfish

 

Check out more at my blog, Lemons and Beans, for lots of photos, recipes, travel writing and other ramblings. I appreciate any feedback but, please do not post graphic awards or invitations in the comments, I'm just not crazy about them. Also, if you want to use any of my Commercial Commons licensed photos please link the attribution back to my blog (listed above) and use my full name, Frank McMains. Thanks! Sorry, but you have to pay to use fully copyright protected photos.

 

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Taken on August 17, 2011