Part 1 of David Lummis's first novel, The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans, has been widely acclaimed since its publication in 2010. Dubbed "universal in appeal," "incredibly enjoyable," and "passionate, observant, beautifully written," among many other accolades, it was chosen by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as a "Hot Read" and earned a spot on New Orleans magazine's "Read and Spin" fiction list. Available at both independent and chain bookstores in New Orleans and elsewhere in Louisiana, Part 1 spent months on the Amazon Kindle Store's "Top 10 Historical Fiction Books by Reader Review." Among Lummis's many public appearances since the book's publication are interviews on NPR affiliate WWNO's "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten and the New Orleans jazz and heritage station WWOZ. Penne J. Laubenthal wrote for Swampland.com that Lummis's "tender and affectionate descriptions of New Orleans . . . evoke Pat Conroy's lush and loving portrayal of coastal South Carolina.
Just as Conroy's South of Broad is a paean to Charleston, so is Lummis's Chronicles a love song to New Orleans. Alternately funny, painful, entertaining, and always unflinchingly honest, The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans is a must read."
A writer by trade, David Lummis is a nationally known consumer market analyst whose opinions are frequently cited in major media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, and BBC. Since 1986, Lummis has written and edited dozens of syndicated market research reports, including on the U.S. coffee market. Born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky, Lummis attended the Sorbonne and graduated from Yale with a degree in French. He now resides in the "Paris of the South" with his life partner, Csaba Lukacs.
After completing Part 1, Lummis was delighted to meet, through a mutual friend, consulting editor Sarah Flynn, whose editorial guidance has enriched Part 2. As a manuscript editor at Houghton Mifflin, Flynn worked with Pat Conroy on The Prince of Tides. She is also co-author of Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s, a companion volume to the award-winning documentary Eyes on the Prize.