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"The Baby Dolls" selected as "One Book/One New Orleans" for 2016

YLC announces winner of  "One Book/One New Orleans" campaign (source: FOX 8) YLC announces winner of "One Book/One New Orleans" campaign (source: FOX 8)

Members of the Young Leadership Council announced that The "Baby Dolls": Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition" has been selected as its book of the year. The selection follows an online poll of 455 members of the community.

"I am deeply honored that The "Baby Dolls" book has been selected by the Council and the community of voters"says author Kim Vaz-Deville. "This book draws on the collective memory of New Orleanians who knew of the Baby Doll masking tradition and remember it fondly."

Kim Vaz-Deville, Ph.D. is professor of education and the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. Her book, The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition was published by LSU Press in 2013 and was the basis for a major installation, "They Call Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition" at the Louisiana State Museum's Presbytere unit in 2013. She guest-curated with Ron Bechet an art exhibit titled "Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Orleans Baby Dolls" which showed work about and inspired by the tradition in Spring, 2015 at the George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans.

A campaign for literacy and community, "One Book/One New Orleans calls on New Orleans residents to share the experience of reading the same book at the same time every fall. A selection committee comprised of Young Leadership Council members and book-loving New Orleanians chooses one book each year. Members call on everyone in New Orleans to read this book, working to foster a deeper sense of community through this reading experience. Partners include Shell, the New Orleans Public Library, the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans, Radio for the Blind, Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners, and the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. One goal is to reach those who would otherwise be excluded from a community of readers. In the fall, a series of events inspired by the book will take place. These  typically include a panel discussion with the author(s), a book drive, and a community book discussion.
These events are free and open to the public.

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