Neighborhood bars are an important but often overlooked staple of New Orleans' fabric. Join me as we grab a drink in three local places which are steps away from the Mardi Gras route physically, but a million miles removed metaphorically from the French Quarter tourist traps. We will discuss what it is about this intoxicating, vibrant city that has such a hold over non-natives, and I'll explain what it was like to go through Hurricane Katrina and why I wrote a book about the experience. I'll tell you about the literary scene here and talk about life as a writer. Think you have a novel in you but you don't know where to start? Want advice about a short story you have been working on? Perhaps you are curious about what it takes to create a 90,000-word book. Whether you just want to soak up the atmosphere of a traditional local bar over a beer away from the crowds, or if you have specific questions about how to move your story-telling forward, come spend a laid-back and flexible fun couple of hours with me. I'll offer a unique perspective: for the international visitors, what it's like to live in the States, and for the Americans, what I love about my adopted home.
A beer in each bar
I'm originally from Northern Ireland but I've lived in New Orleans for 15 years, so I have the inside track on the ex-pat experience. I'm the author of two books, I teach fiction writing, and I've won a Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival writers’ award. I've been to more than 100 countries, all seven continents and all 50 States - and I worked on two world tours with one of the biggest rock stars on the planet.
We meet at Fat Harry's, an unassuming bar that has been a fixture for residents for decades. Then we move on to a pair of small, hidden little-known neighborhood dive bars well away from the beaten tourist path, the Milan Lounge and the Mayfair. However depending on the day or the time of year, we may mix it up with other surprise detours - there's a smorgasbord of local drinking establishments to choose from!
9月16日 星期一 從14:00到16:00。
I will buy you a bottle of domestic beer in each stop, but if you want something else bring cash. There are plenty of good restaurants in the area and the neighborhood is very safe.
Irish Author's Neighborhood Bar Tour