C.W. Cannon


C.W. Cannon is the author of four novels, all set in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended and graduated from New Orleans Public Schools—McDonogh 15, Gregory, Franklin, and NOCCA. After many years away (mostly in Chicago and Germany), he returned to New Orleans in 1999. He was the 2009-2010 Fulbright Professor of American Civilization at Université Cheikh-Anta-Diop in Dakar, Sénégal. He resides in Faubourg Marigny and teaches at Loyola University New Orleans.



1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 2
I Want Magic: Essays on New Orleans, the South, and Race
C.W. Cannon with Jed Horne

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

I Want Magic: Essays on New Orleans, the South, and Race

In I Want Magic, author C.W. Cannon examines New Orleans through the eyes of a native, exploring the tension between New Orleans’s exceptionalism and Americanism, its identity since Katrina, and its role within the nation and South’s racial consciousness. This collection of thirty-five essays―previously published over the last decade―highlights the differing ways in which the city is perceived by locals, visitors, distant onlookers, media creators, and scholars through a variety of New Orleans-specific topics, including Mardi Gras, crime, tourism, authenticity, gentrification, monument removals, and more. These thought-provoking essays reconsider New Orleans and its relation to the rest of the state, the South, and the country.


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