• Ned Sublette

A few weeks ago I got a copy of the latest book by Ned Sublette, a chronicle of his history and connections with New Orleans—namely the period he spent there just before Hurricane Katrina, which gives the book its title, The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans (Lawrence Hill Books). Sublette, who was born and raised in the south, was in New Orleans as a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at Tulane, where he conducted the research that went into his previous book, The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square (2008).