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Louisiana Rambles launch parties and signing 

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Gambit food writer Ian McNulty doesn't just eat. He drives. And canoes. And dances. He even went to prison — to report on the Angola Prison Rodeo. His new book Louisiana Rambles (University Press of Mississippi) explores the cultural richness of South Louisiana outside of New Orleans. Its rubber-meets-the-road reporting sets it apart from travel books, but it's a deliberate tour of the region and particularly the food, music and traditions produced and enjoyed there. And he introduces readers to the people who live and work in places as far flung as the low-frills zydeco dancehall Fred's Lounge in Mamou to bayou fishermen in St. Bernard Parish. McNulty takes readers canoeing in swamps, searching for andouille on Cajun country back roads and reveling at Acadiana's horseback-mounted Carnival festivities. McNulty also drinks, and he'll hand out koozies at his signing events this week, including one at Finn McCool's, where he wrote much of the book. — Will Coviello

Louisiana Rambles launch parties and signing

Feb. 24

6 p.m. Thursday

Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266; www.gardendistrictbookshop.com

Feb. 27

2 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday

Finn McCool's, 3701 Banks St., 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com

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