In 2011, Post-Katrina New Orleans is a place haunted by its history and by the hurricane’s destruction, a place that is hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known—a father who just happens to be a god. When the debt Jude owes to a fortune deity gets called in, he finds himself sitting in on a poker game with the gods of New Orleans, who are playing for the heart and soul of the city itself.
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Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and the University of New Orleans’ Low-Residency MFA program. He started his first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, in the backseat of his parents’ car as they evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. He has been, at various points in his life: a security guard at a stockcar race track, a printer in a flag factory, an office worker in an oil refinery, and a high school English teacher. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and their cats, one of whom is named after a superhero.
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We just got our first real cold front here in New Orleans, so that means it’s speculative fiction awards season! I’ve never done one of these eligibility posts before, so this is exciting and anxiety-inducing and a little absurd all at once. That being said, I’m eligible for a bunch of stuff thanks to this novel of mine, so here we go: The City of Lost Fortunes is eligible in the Novel category for the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and the British Fantasy awards, as well as the […]