Mosaic Literary LLC

Books that allow the fullness and truth

of the African-American experience

to shine through on each page.

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   Released: 26 February 2018, LSU Press

     $45 [unsigned], $65 [signed]

       248 pages, 173 photos, 9 1/2 x 10

African-American Studies, Louisiana Studies

 1 May 2010, Historic New Orleans Collection

 $28.95 [unsigned], $200 [signed by Battiste]*

 198 pages, 144 photos/illustrations, 9 1/2 x 8

       Biography, Music, Musicians, Louisiana,  

           20th century History and Criticism

        [* only 3 signed copies available]

  Coming Fall 2019

                   The Storefront

               A Memoir By J.D. Oliver

               with Carolyne Oliver

               and Karen Celestan

  Coming Summer 2019


     Running Ragged with No Thread               Sexagenarian stories of lively living.

                             By Karen Celestan

    Released: 3 February 2012, Mosaic Literary

     A collection of memoir essays, non-fiction

                     By Karen Celestan

    $20 - 180 pages, 27 photos, 3 illustrations
         (Second edition - 28 January 2019)

     Eleven essays detail the author's life as a

   young African-American female in the 1960s

    and 1970s in Niagara Falls, New York. The 

  book shares lessons of a childhood filled with

    food, love, music and cultural touchstones.

    Released: 19 August 2012, Mosaic Literary

           A novel by Karen Celestan

             $18 - 220 pages, fiction

        (Second edition - 28 January 2019)

This novel traces the lives of three New Orleans women - CeCe, Sonya, Charlayne - all from disparate backgrounds and experiences, yet intertwined by culture and society. Their stories explore class and intra-racial conflict as the sights and sounds of Crescent City culture swirl around each one - uniting them and ripping them apart.

     Freedom's Dance

                   Friday, July 6 at 2:30 p.m.

        Essence Festival Marketplace - Booth 4210

         Morial Convention Center - New Orleans

                  Book-signing/Meet and greet

          with Eric Waters and Karen Celestan.


     Freedom's Dance

                    Tuesday, July 3 at 6 p.m.

                Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St.

                              New Orleans

            Discussion and book-signing event

          with Eric Waters and Karen Celestan.


      Freedom's Dance

                  Thursday, July 5 at 5 p.m.

     Ashe' Power House Theater - 1731 Baronne St.

                                 New Orleans

              Discussion and book-signing event

             with Eric Waters and Karen Celestan.

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Karen Celestan, MFA

Chief Executive Officer / Author

Gisele Draper

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Eric Waters

Photographer, "Freedom's Dance"

   Events - July 2018


         Events - November 2018







                               Freedom's Dance                                                                       Freedom's Dance






                          Event - September 2018                                                                Event - August 2018



       Freedom's Dance

        Monday, August 6 at 6 p.m.

             Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St.

      MGIHOF Week Cultural Panel Discussion

      featuring Eric Waters and culture-bearers.

           Free and open to the public.

           Freedom's Dance Alive!

                     Sunday, September 30 - 1:30 p.m.

         New Orleans Public Library - 219 Loyola Avenue

PowerPoint presentation by Karen Celestan and Eric Waters, Second Line demonstration with selected SAPC members and music by 21st Century Brass Band. Book-signing to follow.

                              Free and open to the public.

     Queens MFA Alumni Weekend

  Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.

 Publishing panel discussion with Karen Celestan,          April Ford, Amy Ashby, Val Nieman, with                              moderator Cliff Garstang. 

          Louisiana Book Festival

         Saturday, November 10, 2018

             Capitol Park - Baton Rouge, LA


     Freedom's Dance Book Discussion 

            and full PowerPoint presentation

        with Karen Celestan and Eric Waters

                          1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

   State Capitol Building - House Cmte. Room 5             Freedom's Dance Book Signing

                         2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

                 Barnes & Noble Book Tent