The State Library of Louisiana through its Louisiana Center for the Book is announcing
New Orleans resident Tom Piazza as the recipient of the 2015 Louisiana Writer Award, awarded annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana’s literary and intellectual life.
Tom Piazza is celebrated both as a novelist and as a writer across all aspects of American music. His 12 books include the novels City of Refuge and the forthcoming A Free State, the post-Katrina manifesto Why New Orleans Matters, and Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America, a collection of his essays and journalism. He was a principal writer for the innovative HBO drama series Treme and the winner of a GRAMMY Award for his liner notes to Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey, as well as a three-time winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Music Writing. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Bookforum, Oxford American, Columbia Journalism Review and many other periodicals.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenneand State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton will present Piazza with the 16th Louisiana Writer Award Oct. 31, in a ceremony at the beginning of the 2015 Louisiana Book Festival. Piazza will also discuss his work and career with author Michael Tisserand.
Join us at the 2015 Louisiana Book Festival as we recognize the Louisiana Writer Award recipient and celebrate Louisiana’s rich literary heritage. For more information about the festival and Piazza, visit LouisianaBookFestival.org.
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State Library of Louisiana
Office of the Lieutenant Governor