Book Release: Simon of New Orleans [fr]

On October 20th 2016, the Consulate General of France in Louisiana and the River Road Press will celebrate the publication of a book about the French-Louisianan artist, Simon Hardeveld. The book, titled Simon of New Orleans, presents and celebrates the artist’s story, having become symbolic of the Crescent City.

A private reception will take place at the Consular residence to officially anounce the book release. The author, Yvonne Peret, Simon Hardeveld as well as numerous other individuals within the literary and artistic community of New Orleans will be present. The Consul General of France, Grégor Trumel, is proud to have written the preface of the book.

And don’t forget, " Be Nice or leave", and "Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler" !


Contact: Scott Campbell, Publisher
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 722-8139

August 20, 2016

Simon of New Orleans
Written by Yvonne Perret
with Forward by Gregor Trumel, Consul General of France in Louisiana

Simon of New Orleans is a celebration of the exuberant, sumptuous, energetic work of French artist, Simon Hardeveld, synonymous with his adopted hometown. It is difficult to wander around New Orleans without stumbling across the explosions of color and whimsy that are the trademarks of a Simon piece. In fact, the scope of his work is unparalleled.

Private collectors snap up pieces as soon as the paint is dry; he painted an entire news set for New Orleans ABC affiliate; and one cannot travel throughout the City of New Orleans without seeing Simon’s artwork everywhere. Though always New Orleans-centric in nature, Simon’s work is increasingly finding its way to national and international venues.

Simon has endeared himself to locals and tourists alike, and they have responded to the unpretentious wit that is the hallmark of his art.

According to Gregor Trumel, Consul General of France in Louisiana, Simon’s works are an “invitation to joy” and “an antidote against the poison of pessimism and introversion.” Those who know his work might also add that Simon has captured – in bright colors – the soul and spirit of the city. 


With roots deep in the Cajun and “y’at” cultures, Yvonne Spear Perret has been writing about the unique culture of New Orleans for over thirty years through features published in the Times-Picayune, New Orleans Magazine, Gambit, USA Today, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Her first full-length book, Y’at Wit: Chicken Gumbo for the New Orleans Soul, rejoices in the lighter side of life in Louisiana. Perret turns to the youngest yats with her book The Little Float that Could, a local twist on the classic children’s tale. The Little Float that Could brings the magic of Mardi Gras to the children of New Orleans.

Perret is a graduate of Tulane University and a former high school teacher and principal at Isidore Newman School. She has raised three children and resides in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie.

River Road Press, New Orleans

River Road Press LLC was founded in 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana with a focus on children’s books, history, Southern culture and food. River Road Press is a boutique publisher, committed to publishing the highest quality books, and encourages collaboration and artistic partnership with its authors, illustrators, photographers, and artists.

Rio Grande Valley ABC, The Little Float That Could, USS Alabama: Hooray for the Mighty A!, Ten Gators in the Bed, Bugs on the Rug, Gumbo Ya Ya, and Strange True Stories of Louisiana were its debut titles in 2015. River Road Press 2016 Fall releases include Simon of New Orleans and a debut children’s book, Fred the New Orleans Drummer Boy, by Cowboy Mouth drummer and lead singer, Fred LeBlanc.

For photos, images, review copies, interview requests, author appearances, or more information about Simon of New Orleans, River Road Press, or its other titles, phone (504) 722-8139, email or visit River Road Press at

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Book Release : Simon of New Orleans (PDF - 247.5 ko)
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Scheduled Events and Book Signings
Saturday, October 110:00 - 4:00pmYvonneNew Orleans Baby and Child Fest
Saturday, October 1 4:00 - 9:00pm Simon Art for Art’s Sake
Tuesday, October 18 TBD Scott Scott Campbell Taping "Out to Lunch" WWNO 89.9FM
Thursday, October 20 6:00 - 8:00pm Everyone Private Party at French Consul Residence
Sunday, October 23 TBD Yvonne and Simon Po Boy Festival - Blue Cypress Book
Saturday, October 29 All Day Everyone LA Book Festival, Baton Rouge
Thursday, November 3 5:30 - 7:30pm Yvonne and Simon The French Library
Thursday, November 10 6:00 - 7:30pm Yvonne and Simon Garden District Bookshop
Saturday, November 12 TBD Yvonne and Simon New Orleans Book Festival, City Park
Saturday/Sunday, November 26-27 10:00 - 4:00pm Everyone Holiday Artks Market in Palmer Park
Saturday, December 3 All Day Cott, Marci and Simon Lycee Francais March d’Hiver
Saturday, December 3 9:00 - 12:00pm Yvonne and Simon McGhee School
Monday, December 5 5:00 - 6:30pm Yvonne and Simon McGhee School
Saturday, December 18 1:00 - 3:00pm Yvonne and Simon Barnes & Noble- West Bank

Cover Photo: Paul Perret

Last modified on 20/10/2016

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