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Author Night at Latter Library: Joselyn Takacs [OFFSITE]

July 11 • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us Thursday, July 11th at 5:30 pm at Milton H. Latter Memorial Library (5120 St. Charles Ave.) to celebrate Joselyn Takacs’ novel, Pearce Oysters

Pre-order your copy of Pearce Oysters for pick-up at the event or for pickup/shipping from the store after the talk.

This family drama set on the Louisiana coastline during the historic 2010 oil spill follows the Pearces, local oyster farmers whose business, family, and livelihood are on the brink of collapse.

Pearce Oysters dives deep into the bonds of family, culture, class, and industry, Pearce Oysters elevates the voices of deeply sympathetic characters: Jordan, the reluctant head of his family’s storied oyster company; May, his distressed, widowed mother; and Benny, his beatnik musician brother, who returns from New Orleans in their time of crisis.

The dynamic between Jordan’s desperation to live up to, and become the business, and Benny’s determination to separate from his family entirely, before the spill, builds the perfect storm.

Joselyn Takacs holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University. Her fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Narrative, Tin House online, Harvard Review, The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature, and elsewhere. She has published interviews and book reviews in The Los Angeles Review of Books and Entropy. She was featured as one of Narrative magazine’s Top Writers Under 30. She has taught writing at the University of Southern California and Johns Hopkins University. She lived in New Orleans at the time of the spill, and in 2015, received a grant to record the oral histories of Louisiana oyster farmers in the wake of the environmental disaster.


July 11
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Milton H. Latter Memorial Library
5120 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, 70115 United States
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