Sugarcane Academy How a New Orleans Teacher and His Storm-Struck Students Created a School to Remember
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Michael Tisserand's most recent book is "Sugarcane Academy: How a New Orleans Teacher and His Storm-Struck Students Created a School to Remember" (Harcourt). Part journalism and part memoir, "Sugarcane Academy" is the story of a temporary, one-room schoolhouse set up in rural Louisiana for evacuated children - including Tisserand's own kids. Says Andrei Codrescu: "The story of 'Sugarcane Academy' manages to do what a flood of news-reporting could not: see Katrina through the eyes of children. This will be one of the lasting books of our tragedy."The former editor of "Gambit Weekly" in New Orleans, Tisserand is also author of "The Kingdom of Zydeco," which won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for music writing. He has reported on post-Katrina New Orleans for "The Nation," "Utne Reader," "The Progressive" and "National Catholic Reporter," and his radio essays can be heard on WBEZ in Chicago. He lives in Evanston, Ill., with his wife and two children.