On Tuesday, Riverhead Books celebrated the publication of The Wind in the Reeds, a memoir about recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina by acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce from HBO’s The Wire and Treme. This “poignant” (Salon) and “uplifting memoir” (O Magazine) about art’s transformative role in the face of disaster reveals Pierce to be “as adept a storyteller as he is an actor” (Essence).  The Wind in the Reeds has been covered in major print publications such as O! The Oprah Magazine, Essence, Hemispheres and Vanity Fair. Pierce has appeared on national TV and radio outlets including Democracy Now! and NPR’sWeekend All Things Considered. He tells Arun Rath on his choice to return to his hometown for his role in New Orleans-based series Treme: “I needed to be home… I saw the power that a television show — a piece of writing and a piece of acting, and most importantly the music— moved people to… some sort of meaning to the disaster, remembering what was important to them and why they were fighting so hard to bring their city back.” Pierce will be on tour with multiple events in Los Angeles and New York, as well as New Orleans, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Nashville’s Southern Festival of Books, Austin’s Texas Book Festival, San Francisco, and Chicago’s Humanities Festival. Start Reading an Excerpt!