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The Bluesiana Snake Festival

The Bluesiana Snake Festival

A Novel
April 2010
Trade Paperback · 160 Pages
$14.95 U.S. · €10.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781582435770


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“… Probably many a road scholar would testify this place makes good leavin’ and better comin’ back to … Place puts a hold on your soul, man, these streets call you like an old song …”
So starts The Bluesiana Snake Festival as Hidden Dave Crossway, a New Orleans street sweeper, celebrates the city in its pre-Katrina skin. With the night of the “snake moon” as the backdrop, we experience the lives, languages, and rhythms of the French Quarter, an unexpected urban idyll.
“Yeah … Way down river, heart of a swamp, she’s a city made of music, down soft ground between memory and dream …”
Through a blend of voices — Big Jim Bullshit, Shushubaby, and Brooklyn Bob, to name a few — the musical voice of New Orleans is revealed in its varied dialects, grooves reminiscent of ragtime, jazz, and blues. The result is a look into who these folks are, their ways and beliefs, their senses of truth, and of existence itself. A novel about the joy and beauty of life in the depths, the momentum and narrative heart isn’t driven by a plot — it’s about the trance.

About the Author

Aubrey Bart was born in Baltimore in 1949, and in no time the American highway outdistanced his formal education. A former New Orleans street sweeper, cabdriver, and bartender, Bart is a paperback writer at large in The School of Rock. This is his first novel. He lives in Maine.