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Socially-Distant Signing w/ Leigh Wright
October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us Saturday, October 17th from 1 pm – 3 pm in front our shop for a socially-distant sidewalk book signing! Leigh Wright will be signing her book, Local Life: New Orleans!
New Orleans constitutes one of America’s unique travel destinations, and the throngs who flock to hear jazz and ride the streetcar play a major role in the socioeconomic makeup of the city. As New Orleanians play host to the world’s revelers, they find themselves at a complex intersection of money, politics, and cultural heritage.
Leigh Wright captures a snapshot of local perspectives on tourism in this nuanced collection of interviews. From reflections on the demands of working in the French Quarter to the housing turmoils caused by short-term rental companies such as Airbnb, Wright amplifies the diverse voices of inhabitants whose livelihoods, incomes, and pastimes are molded by tourism.
Leigh Wright is a writer, researcher, and explorer who uses ethnographic insights to support and promote underrepresented communities. She is the winner of a Qualitative Research Consultants Association grant, a Member of The Explorers Club, and an International Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). In 2015, she founded the New Orleans branch of Travel Impact Alliance in connection with the United Nations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her travel research and writing have taken her from the American Southeast to Paris, Belize, Jamaica, and Cambodia.