Monday, June 27, 2011

Perrin captures Vermilion Parish history in new book

I was privileged to have seen “Images of America: Vermilion Parish” take shape as Lafayette-Erath lawyer and author Warren A. Perrin compiled this impressive tome. The Arcadia trade paperback is now available in bookstores, marrying both old and fairly recent photos with historical information to provide a fabulous overview in pictures of historic Vermilion Parish.
Perrin writes of the parish’s settlement by its variety of cultures, discusses the Acadian Diaspora, spotlights towns and hamlets, legends, musicians and entertainers, sports figures, education and so much more. It’s likely residents of Acadiana will spot friends and family in these pages.
Vermilion native Perrin is president of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana and is author of “Acadian Redemption: From Beausoleil Broussard to the Queen’s Royal Proclamation.”
Perrin will be signing copies of his new book from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Acadian Museum Annex No. 1 in Erath, as part of the induction of Maria Placer into the museum's Order of Living Legends. The museum is located at 11607 Highway 89 on Lake Peigneur, just south of Lafayette. In case of inclement weather, the location will be changed to L'Église in LeBlanc. The event is a fundraiser for the museum and admission is $10, which includes a barbecue dinner, drinks and trimmings, with music by Joe W & Coulee Kinney Band. All proceeds from Perrin's book will benefit the Acadian Museum.

Other new releases include:
John la Fleur II has published a lovely cookbook that’s as much coffee table showpiece as it’s handy in the kitchen. Titled “A Cultural Legacy: Creole Gourmet Secrets of Louisiana,” the book is chock full of Louisiana and Acadiana history, gourmet recipes such as bacon-wrapped rabbit with mushrooms flavored with sherry and raspberries and photos by Norris Fontenot. La Fleur is owner of Courtableau House Plantation B&B in Washington and host of the weekly radio show at Fred’s Lounge in Mamou. The self-published book is available through
Just in time for Independence Day and to honor those who have kept America free, Air Force historians Joseph Caver, Jerome Ennels and Daniel Haulman have published “The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949” (NewSouth Books). The book profiles the only black American military pilots of World War II with 300 photographs, many never before published, plus those men and women who supported the Airmen. In addition, it offers a complete chronology, debunks myths and inaccuracies and utilizes source documents from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
Grammy Award-winning musician Steve Earle (who just had a fictional run-in with a mugger on HBO’s “Treme”) has published his debut novel “I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
James L. “Buddy” Estes has self-published a Southern-themed cookbook titled, “Possum and Sweet Potatoes,” from D’Este Publications of Baton Rouge. For information, visit