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The Faulkner House didn't flood, but the roof leaked, and the sweltering heat and prolific mold damaged parts of the building and some artifacts. But just try and allow that to get in the way of Rosemary James and Joe DeSalvo, who have been working literally night and day to restore the charming bookstore and cherished building where William Faulkner wrote his first novel. The Faulkner House celebrates its reopening and kicks off it rebuilding campaign with readings by local authors, light food and wine. Featured readers include local faves Tom Piazza, Patty Friedmann, Andrei Codrescu, Julie Smith and Tom Varisco, whose book Spoiled (pictured) visually documents the post-K refrigerator-graffiti phenomenon. This celebration also marks Joe DeSalvo's birthday. Attendees will raise a (surprise) toast to him as well as to Mr. Faulkner, who sadly spent his late September birthday alone while New Orleans dried out. Admission is the purchase of a book by one or more of the featured authors. Books may be reserved in advance by emailing faulkhouse@aol.com. Partial proceeds benefit the Faulkner Society.
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