Thursday, September 11, 2014

Celebrating Ernest Gaines

            October marks 50 years since the publishing of Ernest Gaines’ first book, “Catherine Carmier.” The Ernest J. Gaines Center on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus and the Lafayette Public Library will celebrate Gaines’ literary genius this fall with several events.  
            A film series will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the South Regional Library. Films to be shown include “An Obsession of Mine: The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines” and “The Sky is Gray” on Sept. 17, “A Lesson Before Dying” on Sept. 24, “A Gathering of Old Men” on Oct. 1 and “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” on Oct. 8.
            A collection of Gaines books, manuscripts, film memorabilia and more will be on display at the South Regional Library from Oct. 9 to Nov. 9.
            A book discussion on “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” (celebrating its 40th anniversary this year) will be led by Matthew Teutsch, interim director of the Ernest J. Gaines Center, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at South Regional Library.
            The Ernest J. Gaines Center at UL Lafayette also has events planned throughout October. Visit or for more information.
            Gaines is also scheduled to speak at the Louisiana Book Festival on Nov. 1.

Cheré Coen is the author of “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana,” both from The History Press, and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Her next book is “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History.” Write her at