Louisiana Characters: Biographies of the Bayou State

Become acquainted with some of the most fascinating personalities in the world at St. Tammany Library’s Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) series administered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.  The RELIC series called “Louisiana Characters: Biographies of the Bayou State” will occur from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Madisonville branch library for six weeks.  It will be held for five successive Tuesdays from January 21 to February 18, with the final meeting on Monday, February 24.

"Louisiana characters” will be conducted by Dr. Susan Blalock, an emeritus professor who has taught literature at St. Joseph Seminary College, the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and Virginia Tech. 

The six biographies selected to be examined and discussed include:

  • “Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of Baroness Pontalba” by Christine Vella

  • “Lafitte the Pirate” by Lyle Saxon

  • “Unveiling Kate Chopin” by Emily Toth

  • “The Kingfish and His Realm: The Life and Times of Huey Long” by William Ivy Hair

  • “Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans” by Louis Armstrong

  • “The Last Madam” by Christine Wiltz

Registration will occur from January 2 to January 17 at the Madisonville Branch. Upon registration, participants will complete forms, collect the syllabus and borrow books in advance of the first group meeting. The event is free and open to adults. Light refreshments will be available.


Last updated/1/3/2014
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