New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Book Lauded by Critics and Authors

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“The Five People You Meet in Hell: Surviving Katrina,” by Robert Smallwood has received outstanding praise from critics and authors alike. Rex Reed, of the New York Observer states, "Robert Smallwood writes in a feral style and knowledgeable first-hand passion that blows the reader into the eye of the storm with gale force!"

"The Five People You Meet in Hell: Surviving Katrina,” by Robert Smallwood has received outstanding praise from critics and authors alike. Rex Reed, of the New York Observer states, "Robert Smallwood writes in a feral style and knowledgeable first-hand passion that blows the reader into the eye of the storm with gale force!"

Writer and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu stated, "Read it, meet the five people and find the treasure!" And poet Dave Brinks, author of The Caveat Onus and recently featured on PBS for his poetry series in New Orleans said, "Robert Smallwood does things that writers have forgotten how to do." Rex Reed adds, "Unique and gutsy and what I call writing without a net!"

A national book tour will kick off in San Francisco August 17. The tour will continue at Borders and Barnes & Noble stores in Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, D.C. and ten other cities.

In the fast-paced true story, readers experience what it was like in the French Quarter as the storm approached and made landfall. They’ll meet five unique survivors who endured Hurricane Katrina, among them actor/comedian Harry Anderson, star of the 80s sitcom Night Court, and a salty, 81 year-old retired sailor who rode out the storm and the chaotic aftermath.

Anderson said, "It's a great read in a clear voice. I especially like the parts about me!"

E-zine Salon.com writes, "It's rough, and it's immediate, and it's real. This is the gut-level account of the dark and heat and madness..." New Orleans Slate writes, "Once you start reading it, you will laugh with him, cry with him and want to have a drink with him." In their recent newsletter, Morningside Bookshop in New York City stated, "Henry Miller would have loved this!"

Smallwood says, “I tried to write the book so that readers would feel the sense of urgency, the heat of the moment - and some of the humor we used to keep us going."

The riveting first-person account is written in such a clear and arresting style it has readers staying up all night to finish the book. It includes 27 new pictures taken by Smallwood which document his experience.

"The Five People You Meet in Hell: Surviving Katrina," is published by Bacchus Books of New Orleans and is available online at Amazon.com, as well as major bookstores and Borders and Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide. Members of the press may request interviews and a review copy by emailing the author directly at NewOrleansRobert@Yahoo.com.

The Five People You Meet In Hell: Surviving Katrina

By Robert Smallwood

Bacchus Books of New Orleans

246 pages

$16.99

About the Author: Robert Smallwood is a New Orleans French Quarter resident. He shares his birthplace, Davenport, Iowa with traditional jazz great Bix Beiderbecke and his birthday, July 5, with French writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. Smallwood left Iowa and moved to New Orleans in 1982. He has published over 100 articles in computer trade journals and is regarded as an international expert in enterprise content management technologies. This is his first book.

Contact: Robert Smallwood

504-324-2340 or NewOrleansRobert @ Yahoo.com

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