The New Orleans Book Festival Virtual Discussions

History Repeating? Disasters in Louisiana from Katrina and Laura to Covid

Is history repeating itself? Join authors Andy Horowitz, Jarvis DeBerry, Sandy Rosenthal and Walter Isaacson on Monday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m. as they discuss what Louisiana has learned from past disasters—from Katrina to COVID and beyond.

Home and Away

New Orleans natives Michael Lewis and Walter Isaacson discuss current projects and reflect on previous works.

Race in America

“The world is changing. It’s hard and it’s complicated and heartbreaking but it’s beautiful and important and incredible. We are the builders of a world that has never been built before.” -Cleo Wade

A virtual discussion with authors Eddie Glaude, Cleo Wade and Kiese Laymon. Michelle Miller, CBS National news correspondent, will moderate this important conversation as we work to understand our past and create solutions for the future.

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

WWL-TV’s Sheba Turk and 2019 National Book Award winner Sarah M. Broom dive into The Yellow House. In her best-selling memoir, Broom explores the connection between identity and sense of place through her family’s story and its relationship with the shotgun house her mother bought in 1961 in New Orleans East.

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

John Barry’s bestselling book, The Great Influenza, touches on issues affecting people around the globe today. Check out the video below to watch him and Walter Isaacson have an in-depth discussion on the 1918 flu pandemic and COVID-19.