Bookstream: Bryan Camp & The Crescent City Novels

Join us on Thursday, May 28 at 6PM Central as we talk with local author Bryan Camp about his Crescent City novels, The City of Lost Fortunes and Gather the Fortunes.

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The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this novel of gods, games, and monsters. 

Jude Dubuisson knows things he shouldn’t. He has the supernatural ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known–a father who was more than human. But so much was lost during Hurricane Katrina that it played havoc with Jude’s magic, leaving him overwhelmed and cursed. 

Jude has been lying low since the waters receded, hiding from his own power, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the fortune god of New Orleans. When the fortune god is murdered, Jude is drawn back into a world full of magic, monsters, and miracles–and a deep conspiracy that threatens the city’s soul. As Jude investigates the fortune god’s death before the killer can strike again, he discovers what his talent for lost things has always been trying to show him: what it means to be his father’s son.


Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopomps–the guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld–and done her best to avoid the notice of gods and mortals alike. But when a young boy named Ramses St. Cyr manages to escape his foretold death, Renai finds herself at the center of a deity-thick plot unfolding in New Orleans. Someone helped Ramses slip free of his destined end–someone willing to risk everything to steal a little slice of power for themselves.Is it one of the storm gods that’s descended on the city? The death god who’s locked the Gates of the Underworld? Or the manipulative sorcerer who also cheated Death? When she finds the schemer, there’s gonna be all kinds of hell to pay, because there are scarier things than death in the Crescent City. Renaissance Raines is one of them.


Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and the University of New Orleans’s MFA program. His first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, earned starred reviews in Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal, and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal.