Nonfiction

The Story behind the Painting

THE STORY BEHIND THE PAINTING:FREDERICK J. BROWN'S THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY

Katheryn Krotzer Laborde

2012
ISBN 978-883275228
$28.00

Standing three stories tall, The Assumption of Mary celebrates both Catholic faith and the Black contribution to American music. The framed, 6,500 pound work, which hangs in the Xavier University of Louisiana's Library Resource Center, is the rare piece that combines an enculturated Madonna with the images of more than 50 African American musicians. The likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ruby and the Romantics, Jimi Hendrix, and Son House form a heavenly choir to make a joyful noise as the mother of Jesus rises to heaven.

Also included in the painting are images of Xavier University's founder, St. Katharine Drexel; Pope John Paul II; and members of the Xavier community.

The Story behind the Painting is a photo-rich oral history that explores the inspiration and creation of this mammoth painting by late Expressionist Frederick J. Brown (1945-2012), as well as the installation process, which was an engineering feat itself.

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Free Men of Color Cabinet Makers

FREE MEN OF COLOR CABINET MAKERS IN THE NEW ORLEANS FURNITURE TRADE 1800-1850

Margo Moscou

2008 
ISBN 978-1883275198
$18.95

This new study is one of a bare handful of books devoted to the contributions of African Americans to the economy and culture of New Orleans. Author Moscou is particularly concerned with the freed blacks who lived alongside whites and Negro slaves, forming a distinct group in the years before the Civil War. Within this group were skilled artisans who owned and operated their own furniture- and cabinet-making companies. Moscou looks into thelives and work of these neglected men, examining them within the context of their time and attempting to understand them on their own terms.

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leap of the heart

LEAP OF THE HEART: ANDRE DUBUS TALKING

Edited by Ross Gresham

2003
ISBN 978-1883275129
 $15.95

Perhaps because he was so widely regarded by writing afficianados, Dubus was the frequent subject of magazine, newspaper,and journal interviews during his long career. Unlike many writers, Dubus was unusually frank and unguarded in his interviews, often treating his interviewers to day-long experiences in which he spoke about his religious beliefs, his hopes, and his failures. By turns charming, bombastic, witty, and maudlin, Dubus revealed to his interviewers the same concerns, sorrows, and passions that so powerfully animate the characters in his fiction. 

Editor Ross Gresham has assembled twenty-four of the best of these interviews, ranging in time from early in Dubus's career to the last one, conducted the day before he died of a heart attack in 1999. For the scholar, Gresham also includes a chronological bibliography of all interviews conducted with Dubus, with notes on and excerpts from the ones not reprinted in the collection. 

LEAP OF THE HEART is a fascinating look into the mind of one of America's great artists, and a welcome companion to the publisher's 2001 release, ANDRE DUBUS: TRIBUTES edited by Donald Anderson.

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Andre Dubus Tributes

ANDRE DUBUS: TRIBUTES

Edited by Donald Anderson

2001
ISBN 978-1883275105
$15.95

Anderson ’s is the first book devoted to the late master of the short story, Andre Dubus. Bringing together a wide cross-section of American writers and critics, Tributes combines touching reminiscences, humorous recollections, and new works of criticism. With a foreword by Andre Dubus III and an afterword by Tobias Wolff, the book also includes the work of Doris Betts, James Lee Burke, Alan Cheuse, David R. Godine and Tim Parrish, among others.