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Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 by

In its coverage of the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orlean’s Times Picayune newspaper has offered special mention of New Orleans writer Tony Dunbar’s Hurricane Katrina novel Tubby Meets Katrina. In Susan Larson’s article “Wordstorm,” she mentions Tubby Meets Katrina as the first Hurricane Katrina novel; in her article “Read ‘Em and Weep: Looking at the Katrina books, my way,” Larson goes on to recall drinking lemonade with Dunbar one afternoon after the storm.

“Writers are the sharecroppers of this situation,” Dunbar said. “First there was the ‘I can’t believe it’s going to happen,’ then the shock that it did happen, and now the determination to rebuild and the exuberance of friendship and community.”

Tony Dunbar also participated this past week in “The Katrina Collection: An Afternoon of Authors,” sponsored by the Press Club of New Orleans. Joined by authors including Douglas Brinkley (The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast) and Jed Horne ( Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City), Dunbar signed books and participated in a one-hour discussion, to be broadcast later on C-SPAN 2.

Tubby Meets Katrina is available directly from NewSouth Books, Amazon, or your local or online book retailer.

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