Thursday, September 11, 2014

Two great book events this Saturday in Lafayette

            Edward Reed of Ville Platte became the masculine head of his large family at age 12, during the height of the Depression. He later went on to become a star high school athlete and an aerospace program quality assurance manager and space pioneer. He relates his life story and its trials in a memoir titled “I Remember When.”
            Reed will be one of several authors signing their books from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Barnes & Noble Local Author Expo.
            Authors include:
            Dianne Alexander, “Divine Justice: The Dianne Alexander Story;”                 
            David J. Barczyk, “Wellness Wake Up Call;” 
            Angela Cortello, “Angel: The True Story of an Underserved Chance;”
            Alan G. Gauthreaux, “Italian Louisiana: History, Heritage,and Tradition;” 
            Celeste Goodwin, “Boy Back From Heaven;” 
            Michael Martin, “Russell Long: A Life in Politics;” 
            Donna McGee Onebane, “House that Sugarcane Built;” 
            Constance Monies, “A House for Eliza;” 
            Edward Reed, “I Remember When;” 
            Rosemary Smith, “Lizard Tales;” 
            Please come out and support local writers.

            The Festival of Words is hosting an unusual fundraiser this Saturday, a spoken word marathon that will be held throughout downtown Lafayette. WordCrawl will spotlight authors and spoken word performers every hour from noon to midnight in various venues such as the Acadiana Center for the Arts, Artsmosphere and the Blue Moon Saloon. Each hour will feature different poets, spoken word artists and musicians, all sponsored by doners to support Festivals of Words, a literary festival happening every fall in Grand Coteau.
            This year’s Festival of Words, Nov. 6-8, will feature poet, essayist and novelist Luis Alberto Urrea, Poet Laureate of Louisiana Ava Leavell Haymon, spoken word artist LaTasha Weatherspoon, songwriter Roddy Romero and poet-activitst Anderson Dovilas, among many others.
            For information on WordCrawl or the November Festival of Words, visit