100-YEAR FLOOD: Jeffrey Jackson, author of "Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910" (Palgrave Macmillan, $27), will discuss that disaster's many similarities to Hurricane Katrina at an Alliance Francaise program March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Arnaud's Restaurant. Two of those commonalities: In 1910, the overflowing Seine forced multitudes of people into small boats to rescue their fellow citizens, and the French government thought it had secure dams and levees. The book carries an imprimatur from erstwile New Orleans historian Doug Brinkley (now at Rice University in Houston), author of "The Great Deluge": "With the national debate roaring on about whether post-Katrina New Orleans should be rebuilt, 'Paris Under Water' offers the definitive answer of yes." Jackson will sign copies March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Octavia Books, and present a Powerpoint program March 27 at noon at the Historic New Orleans Collection.
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