Saints and Sinners was fun!

Tim and I had a great time in New Orleans (though I got a cold right in time for it, ugh!). We still managed to enjoy ourselves. We stayed at a great place called Olivier House. It’s like a beautiful old fashioned maze with a courtyard and pool and all the rooms are different and unique. Ours had stairs leading up to the beds and it made me feel like royalty! The festival was great and we had a wonderful time meeting the other authors. Our panel went well and was well attended, especially considering it was a morning panel and everybody likes to party late in New Orleans. We stayed near Bourbon street which had that famous party atmosphere (drunk fratboys). Though we found it especially cool near Decatur and Frenchman St. I think those were more local hangouts. So we did some touristy things, eating beignets at Cafe Dumond and taking the horse-drawn carriage ride. The architecture is stunning, though so many of the houses are in terrible repair. We didn’t see too much of the flood damaged areas, since our activities were all in the French Quarter. The locals are quick to convey the “we’re still here” message to tourists as so many people (Mr. Bush?) seem to have written the city off entirely. I think the restaurants I liked best were El Gato Negro (Mexican place) and Eat Restaurant where I had my first fried green tomatoes. Also, we went to FAB – Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, a very old gay bookstore on Frenchman St. A unique place and the owner is very nice. Here are some pics! The papier mache giant lady is from the Ambush Magazine house (which was amazing!) where a party was held for Saints and Sinners fest. There was another giant lady in different colors near that one too, but it was hard to get a good picture in that hallway.