This Saturday (May 14) I will be signing copies of my book, “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” at 10 a.m. at the St. Mary Parish Library in Franklin, Louisiana. We will have a plant swap in addition to my talk about Forest Hill, followed by a book signing at the Alex P. Allain Memorial Branch Library.
Forest Hill was also the site of Solomon Northup’s first home in Louisiana, the main character and narrator of “12 Years A Slave.” The massive timber industry utilized the ancient forests surrounding the town and only a few miles away was Camp Claiborne, home to the largest peacetime war maneuvers in U.S. history and training ground for half a million soldiers during World War II.
Cheré Dastugue Coen is the author of several Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. She is also the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.