The Fight for Home is not just a story about the distinct character of New Orleans; it speaks to the character of our nation. Daniel Wolff shows how the people who rebuilt New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, like the people who rebuilt Chicago after our Great Fire, would be defined not by tragedy, but by their great fortitude and triumph.” – Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago.

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Daniel Wolff’s new book, The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back (Bloomsbury, Aug. 7, 2012) is another aspect of the ongoing project he is producing with Jonathan Demme that includes I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful, which will premiere on POV September 20th.

The book tells the story of post-Katrina New Orleans through the voices of local residents and volunteers, including fearless matriarch Carolyn Parker, a lifelong resident of the Lower Ninth Ward.

We’re excited to be teaming up with Bloomsbury for a nine-city book and screening tour beginning on Thursday, August 16, 2012, in New Orleans and ending in Woodstock, NY, on October 13, 2012. Daniel Wolff will be in-person for all screenings and talks.

For a complete event schedule, see below.

August 16, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

Garden District Bookshop
The Fight for Home reading
2727 Prytania Street · New Orleans, LA 70130

August 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Ashé Cultural Arts Center (in partnership with New Orleans Film Society)
I’m Carolyn Parker screening
1712 Oretha C Haley Boulevard · New Orleans, LA 70113

August 18, 2012 at 2 p.m.

Community Book Center
The Fight for Home reading
2523 Bayou Road · New Orleans, LA 70119

August 19, 2012 at 2 p.m.

Brazos Bookstore
The Fight for Home reading
2421 Bissonnet Street · Houston, TX 77005

August 19, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Museum of Fine Arts (in partnership with the Houston Cinema Arts Society)
I’m Carolyn Parker screening
1001 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX 77005

August 21, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

San Diego Public Library – Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch
The Fight for Home reading
5148 Market St, San Diego, CA 92114

August 22, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Vroman’s Bookstore
The Fight for Home reading
695 East Colorado Boulevard · Pasadena, CA 91101

August 24, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Book Passage
The Fight for Home reading
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard · Corte Madera, CA 94925

August 25 at 4 p.m.

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD)
I’m Carolyn Parker screening
685 Mission Street · San Francisco, CA 94105

September 13, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Princeton Public Library
I’m Carolyn Parker screening
65 Witherspoon Street · Princeton, NJ 08542

September 18, 2012 at 7 p.m.

The Strand
Daniel Wolff & Jonathan Demme in conversation
828 Broadway · New York, NY 10003-4805

October 13, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Woodstock Library
The Fight for Home reading
5 Library Lane · Woodstock, New York 12498

Daniel Wolff, Producer


Daniel Wolff was executive producer on Jonathan Demme’s The Agronomist, has published poetry in The Paris Review, Partisan Review and The Threepenny Review and is the author of a number of nonfiction books, including the recent How Lincoln Learned to Read: Twelve Great Americans and the Educations That Made Them. A Grammy nominee and winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award for his biography of Sam Cooke, Wolff has collaborated with sculptor Robert Taplin, musician Steve Elson and choreographer Marta Renzi, mother of his two children.

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