Dville Press Catalog

A River Road Memoir

A River Road Memoir is a journey through a young girl’s idyllic childhood in the rural South to her restless adolescence when the Civil Rights struggle becomes urgent and personal to her family. The unfolding story is told through the second daughter’s eyes. Jane is a serious child, the one her father calls, “a tree full of owls,” always thinking, observing, wondering about meanings.

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The McFerren Plot

It’s the rare poet who speaks in a personal voice, rarer still one with an original point of view, and rarest of all a poet with both. This collection, richly varied in technique and topic, buzzes and swarms like a cloud of bumblebees. Little Lulu rubs shoulders with Maud Gonne and Pocahontas, Helen of Troy with François Villon. But bees have patterns, and so does Martha McFerren.

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Professor Arturo's
Jazz Stories

Jazz Stories, a wonderfully funny, nostalgic and zany collection of short stories like only Professor Arturo aka Arthur Pfister can write, is currently in production and should be out in late August. It was out of print for several years and is now back by popular demand through DVille Press. An adept poet, Pfister rightfully refers to his stories as "piction" -- a combination of poetry and fiction, and the riffs and rhythm of jazz music are audible as the reader is immersed in the sights, sounds and characters of his native city New Orleans. No one writing today captures New Orleans neighborhoods and their inhabitants with the same zest and imagination as the Professor!

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Sir Bone Funk
Living Life in the Key of Triumph


Collected fiction and poetry of Eddie Tebbe

A fixture on the New Orleans music scene for years, native son Eddie Tebbe has attended multiple concerts a night, composed lyrics picked up and recorded by the likes of George Porter and Paul Sanchez, and made friends with anyone and everyone in the popular clubs. He has, as he says, felt the funk in his bones.

Local writer Colman DeKay puts it well: “Eddie writes with simplicity, urgency and honesty about the town that he loves. He’s the real deal – a New Orleanian who, despite personal setbacks, grabs the city in a gigantic life-affirming hug.“

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The Life and Times of the Cajun Prince as Told by His Conscience


This short book, by New Orleans author Bob Crowley, recounts the fictional life and Times of Edwin Edwards, former Louisiana controversial governor, through the perspective of his conscience. The book gives an amusing account of Louisiana's most flamboyant Governor.

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A Shreve West romantic-comedy murder mystery by Norman German


Our new title Cripple Bayou Two-Step by Norman German, a bone-shaking murder mystery set in the backwaters of Lake Charles, LA.

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Out of print since 2008, Norman German's haunting novel is now available again!


Exciting second edition now available
from Dville Press!

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Where Writers Wrote In New Orleans


Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans tells what it is about the city that has always attracted the creative mind, in particular writers. Author Angela Carll brings her many years as a realtor, newspaper real estate columnist and tour guide to identifying the kinds of buildings and neighborhoods that have housed our most celebrated writers --William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Anne Rice and Richard Ford, to name a few-- and hundreds lesser known. She includes restaurants, bars and other hangouts known for attracting a literary clientele and fills the pages with fascinating facts and secrets of the hundreds of novelists, non-fiction writers, poets and journalists who immersed themselves in the city's spirit as natives, part-time residents or long term favorite sons from the city's founding in 1718 to the present.

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"Cardy the Cardinal Finds a Home in Donaldsonville"

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Written by Mary Gehman • Illustrated by Alvin Batiste

A Classic is Back!

The Free People of Color of New Orleans: An Introduction

Antebellum New Orleans was home to thousands of urbane, educated and well-to-do free blacks. The French called them les gens de couleur libre, the free people of color; after the Civil War they were known as the Creoles of color, shortened today to simply Creoles. Theirs was an ambiguous status, sharing the French Language, Catholic religion and European education of the elite whites, but also keeping African and indigenous American influences from their early heritage. This is their story, rarely mentioned in conventional histories, and often misunderstood today, even by some of their descendants. The book is an easy read that lays out the chronology of events, laws and circumstances that formed the unique racial mix of New Orleans and much of Louisiana. Includes end notes, suggested bibliography, index, and a listing of family names of free people of color that appear in the early years of the Louisiana Territory. A must-have for genealogists, historians, and students of African-American history.

This is Mary`s new 2017 edition, and the only official copy produced by Mary Gehman.

Women and New Orleans: A History

New Orleans women's contributions to the worlds of education, religion, art, medicine, preservation, politics, law, literature, social services, civil rights, etc. are explored in this comprehensive yet easy to read volume. Mentioned and pictured are women of various races and social classes, from slaves to free women of color to society club women. Lots of photographs. Includes an index and References for Further Reading page. This book is a major addition to documenting southern and U.S. women's history.