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My New Orleans is the Soul of Her People 

In the latest of the Faulkner House's "My New Orleans" series, several authors of books about Katrina will discuss their work as part of a program bringing together words, music and a sneak peak at an upcoming photography show at the Louisiana State Museum. Featured speakers include LSU scientist Ivor van Heerden (pictured), who wrote The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina -- The Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist, and Wall Street Journal reporters Christopher Cooper and Robert Block, co-authors of Disaster: Hurricane Katrina & the Failure of Homeland Security. Both books have received critical acclaim for their frank assessments about how the storm revealed the failures of our government. The program also features Louisiana poet laureate Brenda Marie Osbey, essayist Roy Guste Jr. and local novelist Edward Rowley, who will offer brief readings during interludes of a concert by Davell Crawford and his gospel choir. The program takes place at the St. Louis Cathedral. Afterwards, the event moves to the Louisiana State Museum Cabildo where the authors will be available to sign books and answer questions. A photography exhibit relating to Katrina will be open during the reception. Free admission. -- Will Coviello

4:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 27

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, 568-1609: www.wordsandmusic.org

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