Friday, January 22, 2010

New Book: Madame Vieux Carre


Celebrated in media and myth, New Orleans's French Quarter (Vieux Carré) was the original settlement of what became the city of New Orleans. Although the Vieux Carré has been marketed as a free-wheeling, boozy tourist concept, it exists on many levels for many groups, some with competing agendas.

In Madame Vieux Carré, Scott S. Ellis (a former French Quarter resident) presents the social and political history of this famous district as it evolved from 1900 through the beginning of the twenty-first century. 

From the immigrants of the 1910s, to the preservationists of the 1930s, to the nightclub workers and owners of the 1950s and the urban revivalists of the 1990s, Madame Vieux Carré examines the many different people who have called the Quarter home, who have defined its character, and who have fought to keep it from being overwhelmed by tourism's neon and kitsch.


**Scott Ellis will be signing copies of his book at Garden District Bookshop on Saturday, January 23 from 1-3 p.m.

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