Royd Anderson



Royd Anderson is a Cuban American filmmaker, teacher, and historian from New Orleans. He specializes in Louisiana disasters that are usually not mentioned in Louisiana history textbooks. Anderson produced award-winning documentaries such as Pan Am Flight 759, The UpStairs Lounge Fire, The Continental Grain Elevator Explosion, Mother’s Day Bus Crash on 610, and The Luling Ferry Disaster. He has been an invited guest speaker at Princeton University and has appeared many times on WYES' Informed Sources.




2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 1
Book Talk
New Orleans Disasters: Firsthand Accounts of Crescent City Tragedy

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


New Orleans Disasters: Firsthand Accounts of Crescent City Tragedy

With more than one thousand books on Hurricane Katrina, somehow not one work examines a collection of Crescent City calamity--until now. Here seven tragedies and their fallout are explored through gripping firsthand interviews, planting readers amid the chaos. Revisit the agony of the Luling ferry disaster, the horror of Pan Am Flight 759 slamming into a Kenner neighborhood and the Mother's Day bus crash on 610 that claimed twenty-two lives. Sift for answers in the unsolved fires of the Rault Center and the UpStairs Lounge. Investigate the Continental Grain elevator explosion and experience the terror of the Howard Johnson's sniper. Join author Royd Anderson on this harrowing journey through New Orleans tragedy.


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