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'The Wire' star Wendell Pierce announces Katrina-inspired book, 'What's the Good of Losing Heart Now?' -- EXCLUSIVE

For Wendell Pierce, the actor much-lauded for his roles in The Wire and Treme, the hurricane that ripped through New Orleans more than eight years ago is never far from his heart and mind.

Riverhead Books has announced exclusively to EW that Pierce, who watched as Hurricane Katrina destroyed his childhood home and neighborhood in 2005, is penning a book about the national catastrophe and the effect it had on his family, his life, his memory, and his hometown. What’s the Good of Losing Heart Now will tell the story of how the actor’s efforts to rebuild his neighborhood, Pontchartrain Park, through his art and resources, led him to reflect deeply on his roots and the life that generations of black New Orleanians before him built in the face of racism and oppression.

Pierce said of the experience that inspired him to write What’s the Good of Losing Heart Now: “What thoughts are to the individual – who am I, what have I done, where am I going – Art is to the community. Art is the place where we reflect on our strengths, our weaknesses, what we value as a people, and who we hope to become.”

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