Susan Larson praised in The New Orleans Advocate, “What really keeps us turning pages is Zell’s authorial voice, his insights into human nature and the dark sense of humor that comes out of years of observing city life.”
For updates on Zell and his work,
Sat, Nov 12: Signing books at New Orleans Book Festival (City Park) for Words & Image Fest from 11-12. Reading at Words & Image Fest at 6 p.m.
Fri, Sep 30th: Interview on Steppin' Out on WYES @ 7:30 & 11 p.m.
Tues, Oct 4th: Book launch at Garden District Bookshop
(w/ Christopher Romaguera) @ 6 p.m.
Fri, Oct 7th: Community Book Center (w/ Kalamu Salaam, Pamela Davis-Noland, Marguerite Doyle-Johnston & Ebony Johnson) @ 6 p.m.
Thurs, Oct 13th: Coffee & Conversation (w/ Yuri Herrera) at East Bank Regional Library @ 7 p.m.
Mon, Oct 17th: Reading for the Haiti Fundraiser at Cafe Istanbul from 9-12 p.m.
Sun, Oct 23rd: Signing books during Po Boy Fest at Blue Cypress Books from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Run Baby Run, a New Orleans crime novel, is available from Lavender Ink, through Amazon, and in bookstores. The L.A. Review of Books praised RBR as "a successful entertainment, taking a buzz saw to the glamorous city New Orleans has purported to have become since Katrina, shining a light on the city’s myth, and, more globally, on the myth of authenticity."
Interview with NOLA Defender here.
Thurs, Oct 1st: Release Party Pelican Bay (1701 Elysian Fields) @ 7 p.m.
Mon, Oct 5th: Book Launch Octavia Books @ 6 p.m.
Tues, Oct 20th: Coffee & Conversation East Bank Regional Library (Metairie) @ 7 p.m.
Thurs, Oct 29th: Antenna Gallery (w/ Cristina Rivera Garza & Yuri Herrera) @ 7 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/121004501590748/
Wed, Nov 4th: Maple Street Book Shops (w/ Adrian Van Young) @ 6:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/1671527926432941/
Sat, Nov 7th: New Orleans Book Fest (City Park) http://nolabookfest.org/ Signing books from 12:30-1 p.m.
Wed, Nov 11th: Metairie Park Country Day School Book Week. Signing books at noon.
Tues, Nov 17th: Faux/Real Cafe @ 2161 N. Rampart, next to Mag's. (w/ Michael Patrick Welch & Andy Young)
Sun, Nov 22nd: Po Boy Fest. Signing books in front of Blue Cypress Books at 10:30 a.m.
Sat, Nov 28th: Small Business Saturday @ Garden District Bookshop 2-3:30 p.m. and Tubby & Coo's 4-5 p.m.
Tues, Dec 29th: Hands On Fest. Reading as part of Lavender Ink showcase between 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Wed, Mar 23rd: Fiction Night at BJ's (4301 Burgundy) as part of Blood Jet series (w/ J.R. Ramakrishnan). Staged reading from RBR with D.C. Paul.
Sat, Apr 2nd: Tennessee Williams Fest. Moderating a panel (Candice Huber, Bill Lavender, Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton, & Julie Smith), on New Orleans indie literary spirit at Muriel's @ 10 a.m. On a panel (w/ Alison Gaylin, Bill Loehfelm, & Wendy Corsi Staub) about crime fiction as social commentary at Muriel's @ 1 p.m.
Sat, Apr 23rd: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest Signing books at the Book Tent from 12-1
Wed, Aug 17th: Community Book Center from 6-8 p.m. (w/ DC Paul, Addie Citchens, Nia Gates, Brown Girl Kitchen pop up, & Hands of Essence/Renata Jones)
Thurs, Sep 24th: WRBH 88.3 The Writer’s Forum w/ David Benedetto @ 4:30 p.m. Podcast here.
Tues, Sep 29th: WWNO 89.9 The Reading Life w/ Susan Larson @ 1:30 p.m. Podcast here.
Tues, Sep 29th: WWOZ 90.7 Jazz from the Marketplace w/ T. R. Johnson @ 4 p.m.
Wed, Sep 30th: WBOK 1230 AM Mid-Day Mash Up w/ Chuck Perkins @ 11 a.m.
Michael Allen Zell is a noted New Orleans based writer. His first piece for The Los Angeles Review of Books was an essay on New Orleans and crime fiction published last spring. In addition to LARB, he has been published in Cerise Press, Disonare, Entrepot, Exquisite Corpse, NOLA Defender, Room 220, and Sleepingfish. His first play, What Do You Say To A Shadow?, was named one of the 'Top 10 Plays of the Year' in 2013 by the Times Picayune. His first novel Errata was named one of the Times-Picayune's 'Top 10 Books of 2012'. He has worked as a bookseller in New Orleans since 2003.
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'Though New Orleans has always been a remarkable setting, few authors can mine its rich veins and still tell a fine tale. Zell does both.'
-David Fulmer, author of the Storyville mysteries
'Run Baby Run shows the excellent writing and story-telling ability of Michael Allen Zell. A most enjoyable read.'
-Roland S. Jefferson, author of The School on 103rd Street and more
'sweet and accessible' with 'one of the wildest endings I've ever seen'
Tango-playing Charlotte and her Hollywood-bound daughter Julie run an isolated pet cemetery with one simple rule - speaking is forbidden - immediately shaken up by the arrival of new handyman Bram. Two slipperly charachters, sideshow performers M. Queneau and Miss Elastic, soon arrive, putting a formerly static place in motion. This Walls is a comedy that looks backward to step forward. Directed by Angela Jo Strohm, Big Easy Award winner Jake Bartush, Richard Mayer, Richard Mayer, and Mary Pauley are joined by Hope Leigh and Samantha Mullen. With music by Katarina Bourdreaux.
Thin Walls Reviews:
The Oblivion Atlas, a collaboration between acclaimed photo-based artists Louviere and Vanessa (L + V) and author Michael Allen Zell, is a beautifully designed book full of evocative photographs and frozen-image short stories.
The Oblivion Atlas explores and accumulates an aviary of themes, including time-sculpting, memory, madness, the frequencies and trajectories of the mind, absorbing/dissolving, and infinity in a finite space. New Orleans and Louisiana remain steady companions throughout, not at the usual baseline of easy affiliation, but rather as an active guiding presence treated in a singular manner. This book is precise but not taut, assertive but not doctrinaire, ambitious but not exclusive, inviting the reader in by its very design and the affirmation that “…the first act of freedom is when the mind says no and the second when it says yes.
The Oblivious Atlas Reviews:
What follows is a tale spun with magic, humor, and a shock or two. Zell writes with rich imagery and a flair for cleverly poetic speech. The story the visitor tells is a uniquely New Orleans yarn, but in it I could hear the echoes of voices as varied as a young Tennessee Williams, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Raymond Chandler and Isaac Bashevis Singer.
I hesitate to offer much more of the actual plot, for the greatest pleasure of “What Do You Say to a Shadow?” is watching it all unwind. Just when the audience thinks it knows where the story is taking us, it turns – never jarringly so, but sharply."