Selected Works

Library Journal: “The heroine’s determination to improve her life and never to give up define this novel… Lagasse recalls the socially realistic novels of John Steinbeck and Edward Dahlberg with this stark, unadorned prose portrait.”
“I sat right down and read the book and I love it. In her new novel, Navel of the Moon, Mary Helen Lagasse has created a wonderfully engaging and complex young woman who tells a compelling story of the promise and pain and shared courage of growing up, not just for herself but for her city of New Orleans. This splendid work gives further evidence of Lagasse’s permanent place in our literary culture."
–Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
It recalls the classic novels while offering “a different kind of New Orleans – not magnolias, moonlight, or vampires... but a place where dreams are big and reality is disillusionment."
–Shirley Ann Grau, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
Essay - “The Channel”
Ms. Lagasse is one of the My New Orleans contributors singled out for praise... in a review by The Los Angeles Times: "The true strength of 'My New Orleans' lies in its contributors acute observations of a culture that has remained defiantly different... The city may be most famous for its French colonial roots, but novelist Mary Helen Lagasse deftly sketches the more familiar multiculturalism of its 20th century neighborhoods... "

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On OCTOBER 29th, 2015 @​ 10:15 a.m. at the annual PIRATES ALLEY FAULKNER SOCIETY WORDS & MUSIC LITERARY CONFERENCE held in New Orleans's Monteleone Hotel, my presentation will zero in on the importance of "place," to the success of the novel. A SIGNING will follow @​ 11 a.m. at the Words & Music Book Mart.

THE CABILDO "Meet the Author" event on Sunday Oct 18 was a wonderful occasion. A lovely audience, very well attended. I can say that the reading of NAVEL OF THE MOON was the best, to date! Photos to follow!


THE FIFTH SUN: MH Lagasse Presentation of Award by Iconic Author Rudolfo Anaya and Patricia Anaya

THE FIFTH SUN Book Signing, Barnes & Noble's, Metairie,LA

At Juleps in June 2012 re: Auction of Faulkner Rowan Oaks study painting, MHLagasse w/ Rosemary James & Joe DeSalvo

MH Lagasse Oil Painting: Wm Faulkner study at Rowan Oaks, Oxford, Miss.

THE FIFTH SUN: 2006 Reading @ Shakespeare & Company, Paris

Reading in Paris re THE FIFTH SUN: At Shakespeare & Company

THE FIFTH SUN: Clyde Book Club, Mammoth Lakes, CA- Invitation to read & sign 2007

THE FIFTH SUN read at Edisto Gallery, Lake Tahoe - 2007

Merida, Mexico: At the pyramid on time off from THE 5th Sun book signing and inclusion in the public library of 5th Sun and My New Orleans, collection of essays

Oil painting by MHLagasse