Dewey Decibel Podcast: Insider’s Guide to New Orleans

Things to do during the 2018 ALA Annual Conference

June 19, 2018

On Thursday, June 21, it begins: the American Library Association’s 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Thousands of librarians, library workers, book vendors, students, and scholars will descend upon the Crescent City for five days of programs, speakers, exhibit hall wanderings, and more. It’ll be a packed, long weekend, but the action isn’t limited to the confines of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. New Orleans is a city known for its pleasures, be it food, music, historical sights, or nightlife.

So what to do? Episode 27 features must-see and must-eat recommendations from two folks who know New Orleans well. First, American Libraries Associate Editor Terra Dankowski talks with David Slater, director of culinary development for famed New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants. David shares his favorite places to eat and drink in the city.

Next, American Libraries Associate Editor and Dewey Decibel host Phil Morehart speaks with Shellie Lister, a librarian and public relations and community coordinator at St. Tammany Parish Library, which produces an excellent podcast on New Orleans culture and literacy. Lister discusses the city’s literary landmarks as well as some off-the-beaten-path sights to enjoy.

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Shrimp and grits at Surrey’s. Photo: Paul Broussard

Big Easy Eats

Dining, New Orleans–style

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews will appear at Annual Conference on June 22. Photo: Mathieu Bitton

2018 Annual Conference Preview

New Orleans | June 21–26, 2018