For a unique perspective on New Orleans and the recent American Library Association meeting there, I direct you to the Australian novelist Margo Lanagan. She is the current writer in residence at inside a dog, a project of the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library Victoria; inside a dog promotes young adult books and Australian writers. Besides the literary events and book signings, Lanagan and her son visited the devastated Lower Ninth Ward.
Lanagan's new collection of stories, White Time, sees print stateside in August. The Horn Book gave it a starred review in the July/August issue. (That link is for the index; you'll have to pick up a copy of the magazine to read the review.)
Another fine post about New Orleans is over at the library blog Tinfoil + Raccoon. Also don't miss the comments on this Chicken Spaghetti post; click on either "permalink" or "comments" to read Monica Edinger's heartbreaking report. (Thank you!)
And finally Liz B. visited the Hancock County (Mississippi) library system, also torn up by Katrina, and reports back on the progress there at Pop Goes the Library.