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A sneak peek at ‘The Inevitable City’

May 8, 2014 12:00 PM

Heide Winston
hwinston@tulane.edu

Scott Cowen's book

Tulane President Scott Cowen will present his new book at an event on campus on May 15 at 5:15 p.m.


The countdown is on. The publishing date for Tulane University President Scott Cowen’s new book is only one month away and he wants to make sure that those who have been closest to him over the past 16 years have an opportunity to take a sneak peek at The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America before the June 10 publication date. 

Cowen is inviting the Tulane community to a book talk on Thursday, May 15, at 5:15 p.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane uptown campus. 

The Tulane University Bookstore arranged for a special advance order of The Inevitable City.

“The books are being delivered directly from the bindery to the Tulane campus so that we — staff, faculty, students, parents and alumni — can be the first readers,” says Peg Kohlepp, trade book department manager at the Tulane Bookstore. Luckily, the shipment will arrive just in time for Cowen’s book talk. 

“I’m really excited about giving people a preview of my book, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to do this than a small event on the Tulane campus,” Cowen says. 

In The Inevitable City, Cowen recalls the challenging months after Hurricane Katrina and tells the story of the amazing rebirth of New Orleans, which Cowen considers an inspiring example of urban renewal and revitalization. 

“I believe it was my obligation to give a voice to the civic leaders and community members who brought about positive change in the face of crisis. The resilience and creativity of the New Orleans community post-Katrina was remarkable,” adds Cowen.  

The book talk is open to the Tulane community and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The Inevitable City will be available at the Tulane Bookstore starting May 14 and pre-orders for the official publishing date can be placed at other local bookstores and national book retailers. Cowen will donate 20 percent of his net royalties to Tulane University.  

Heide Winston is the special assistant to Tulane University President Scott Cowen for civic engagement and research.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu