Sally Asher

Scott Stuntz

The Big Easy Rollergirls have been skating around New Orleans since 2004. Thanks to a few fiercely loyal founding members, the team survived the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to become one of the most prominent derby organizations in the country. Sally Asher was one of those founding members. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Sally chronicles her path to becoming a Big Easy Rollergirl, starting with her earliest athletic memories. 

It’s Carnival time on Louisiana Eats! On this week’s show, we take to the streets with a distinctive krewe of food lovers.

We begin with author and songwriter Johnette Downing, who’s also known as “the pied piper of Louisiana music traditions.” Johnette shares her latest album, Swamp Romp, which, among other things, seeks to answer the eternal question, Who put the baby in the king cake?

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans Museum of Art curator Vanessa Schmid, about the new catalogue, “The Orleans Collection,” accompanying the exhibit currently on view at NOMA until January 27. We’ll also hear from Sally Asher about her very charming book, “The Mermaids of New Orleans.”

  •  Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans, by Sally Asher
  • Vol. 2 Friends of the Cabildo New Orleans Architecture series: Cemeteries.
  • Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History, by Peter Dedek
  • Elysium, A Gathering of Souls, New Orleans Cemeteries, by Sandra Russell Clark
  • New Orleans Cemeteries: Life in the Cities of the Dead, by Robert Florence, photographs by Mason Florence
  • Lagniappe: Getting Off at Elysian Fields: Obituaries from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, by John Pope


  •  Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names, by Sally Asher
  • Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children, by John Churchill Chase
  • New Orleans Streets: A Walker’s Guide to Neighborhood Architecture, by R. Stephanie Bruno
  • Cityscapes, by Richard Campanella
  • Bourbon Street, by Richard Campanella
  • The Incomparable Magazine Street, by John Magill, photos by Margot Landen