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Michael Allen Zell

ISBN: 978-1-935084-14-3

112 pages: $15.00

September, 2012


A young New Orleans cabbie named Raymond Russell is so shocked by the intensity of a crime that he cannot write about it directly. He can only let out the occasional hint to prime the engine of his mind for what he must reveal. Errata is Raymond's 22 day attempt at correction of his seeming culpability, an ambitious neo-noir meditation on isolation and sociability, wisdom and madness, symbol and text, innocence and guilt.


"I swear, the text, the actual typed text of Errata itself seems swollen with meaning not simply the humid atmospherics of New Orleans. Swelled up, bled and run together into this concoction of pulpy fictive essaying. Michael Allen Zell's text is evocative, efficacious, effortlessly magical. These are words making love to words, wrapped up in sheets of steamy grammar all transitive, diagramed to hell and back. Come for New Orleans, stay for new oracles."
Michael Martone, Author of Michael Martone and Four for a Quarter


Michael Allen Zell has been published in Cerise Press, Entrepot, Exquisite Corpse, and Sleepingfish. He was a finalist for the 2011 Calvino Prize, finalist for the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, and was nominated for the 2012 Best American Short Stories. He has lived in New Orleans since 2003, has worked as a bookseller for over a decade, and hosts the Black Widow Salon.



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Readings and launch events (times TBA):

Oct 9 (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.) & Oct 14 (Sunday, noon): WWNO's The Reading Life w/ Susan Larson, 89.9 FM.  Podcast available after Tuesday's show.

Oct 16 (Tuesday): Octavia Books

Oct 17 (Wednesday): Maple St. Books--Healing Center-- 6:30 PM

Oct 19 (Friday): Maple St. Books--Esplanade/Bayou St. John-- 6 PM

Oct 22 (Monday): East Bank Regional Library-Metairie-- 7 PM

Oct 28 (Sunday): Maple Leaf Bar-- 3 PM

Nov 3 (Saturday): Faubourg Marigny Bookshop, 3-5 PM

Nov 9 (Friday): McKeown's Boks, 7 PM

Nov 13 (Tuesday): Barrister's Gallery, 6 PM

Nov 14 (Wednesday): Reading and discussion, sponsored by New Orleans Lyceum. 7 p.m. @ Krewe Du Brew Coffeeshop

Dec 2 (Sunday): Staple Goods Gallery, 2 PM

Dec 6 (Thursday): Gold Mine Saloon, 8 PM

Dec 14 (Friday): NOMA for Where Y'Art




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