No longer found opening doors for passengers during his shift as a driver for the Little Rock Trolley, Bruce S. Snow has moved from Little Rock, AR, back to his New Orleans home. Originally purchased by his immigrant grandparents and inhabited by three generations of his family, the Mandeville Street home in NOLA's Gentilly neighborhood was the setting for the early scenes of Bruce's memoir Can Everybody Swim? A Survival Story from Katrina's Superdome. Restored from the flooded remains readers will recognize as the living room where Bruce returned after his neighborhood walk to nap with hippo Klaus and dog Dolja before the water began to rise, with a lot of hard work and heartache (and thirteen years time), Bruce's nightmare has transformed into a livable home for him and his wife.
Bruce shared, "My creative space these days is my living room/rehearsal bad music room/table writing desk. The music gear is transported to a nearby empty bedroom to make room for my wife, Erin, to teach yoga. Don't let the computer fool you, it's a proper boat anchor. I write by hand in little notebooks."
Below, you can see the evidence in a "these notebooks became this book" series of shots, which both begin, "I was there. It was the media event of the year. People across the country were watching their televisions. Comprehensive news coverage spanned the entire globe; America held its collective breath for an entire week . . ."