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Sundays@4 is Baton Rouge Gallery’s most diverse program, offering more than a dozen performances/readings from top-notch local authors, musicians, dance troupes, poets and more. Always free, always open to the public and always starting at 4pm, these intimate engagements give you an up close look at what local writers and performers are working on. Here’s what’s coming up next at Sundays@4:  

 

OCT 23 - NOVELIST CHRIS TUSA READS FROM 'IN THE CITY OF FALLING STARS'

 

On Sunday, October 23, author Chris Tusa will come to BRG's Sundays@4 with his newly-released second novel, In the City of Falling Stars. As always, this and every Sundays@4 event is free and open to the public.​

Dead birds are falling out of the sky and Maurice Delahoussaye suspects the air in New Orleans may be unsafe. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries claims the birds were poisoned, while meteorologists suggest they were killed by a sudden change in temperature. There’s even talk of terrorism, Bird Flu, West Nile Virus, or high levels of mold spores left over from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When Maurice expresses his fear, his family tries to assure him. Gradually, though, he becomes increasingly fearful that the government is hiding an ominous secret, and when he begins having strange religious premonitions suggesting that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ, he becomes convinced that the dead birds are a sign from God.
Set in the early months of 2006, against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War, In the City of Falling Stars is a tragicomedy that examines the increasing paranoia following the September 11th attacks, as well as a commentary on the devastating psychological scars that the storm left on the city of New Orleans.

Tusa has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New South, Connecticut Review, Five Points, Texas Review, The Southeast Review, storySouth, New Delta Review, South Dakota Review, and many others. Aside from acting as Managing Editor of Fiction Southeast, Tusa divides his time between teaching full-time in the English Department at Louisiana State University and acting as Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University.

For more info on this and other upcoming Sundays@4 events, please call 225.383.1470.

 

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Baton Rouge Gallery and its Sundays@4 program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.