Conversation: Tom Piazza, Author of ‘Devil Sent the Rain’

From Bob Dylan and bluesman Charlie Patton to novelists Norman Mailer and Gustave Flaubert, from the Mississippi Delta and to his adopted home of New Orleans, Tom Piazza covers a lot of ground as a writer. His works include the novel, “City of Refuge,” and the non-fiction book, “Why New Orleans Matters.” His new book is a collection of essays on a wide array of topics titled “Devil Sent the Rain.”