To celebrate the month of April the Rare Books department will be exhibiting a group of works by author Robert Tallant, drawn from our William B. Wisdom Collection. A native New Orleanian born in April 1909, Tallant's work as a writer began when he was hired by the Louisiana arm of the Federal Writer's Project, where he helped author a collection of state legends and folktales titled Gumbo Ya-Ya. He subsequently wrote a number of novels set in various strata of New Orleans society and non-fiction on New Orleans and Lousiana history and culture, later working as a lecturer for Newcomb College and as a reporter for the New Orleans Item. The Rare Books department's exhibit showcases copies of his both his fiction and non-fiction, all still in their original dust-jackets.
The exhibit will remain up through April and will generally be available for viewing in Howard-Tilton Room 604 during normal Rare Books hours (9-5, Monday through Friday); potential viewers may wish to contact Rare Books (firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-247-1934) in advance of their arrival to be sure that the department will be open for visitors.