Sunday, February 19, 2017

Literary events to honor Black History Month

 There are several special literary events happening this week in honor of Black History Month.

A film viewing and discussion of “Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History” will begin at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Betty E. Smith Nursing Building, Room, 212, on the Grambling campus.

American journalist, syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate and author Roland S. Martin will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Grambling’s T.H. Harris Auditorium. He’s the author of “Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith,” “Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America” and his latest, “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin.”

The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana will host Dr. Rachel L. Emanuel, coauthor of “Images of America: Scotlandville,” at noon Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the State Library’s Seminar Center, 701 North 4th Street, Baton Rouge. Located in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish, Scotlandville was once a rural village and entry point for the slave trade and home to a cotton plantation. It became the largest majority African-American town in Louisiana. Scotlandville’s history is intricately tied to the historically black Southern University and A&M College, relocated on the Mississippi River bluff in 1914. The event is free and open to the public; registration is not required. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches and come and go as their schedules allow. Books will be available for purchase from the author.

“Her Space, Her Place: Lasting Influences of Black Female Narration” is the topic of the lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. at the Ernest J. Gaines Center in the Edith Garland Dupré Library on the UL-Lafayette campus. Speakers include Mona Lisa Saloy of Dillard University and Jo Davis-McEllgatt of UL-Lafayette. The speakers will discuss the literary impact of black female authors. Davis-McEllgatt will also be speaking on “What is the real root of our anger” at 7 p.m. in UL’s Moody Hall, Room 103, on behalf of the UL Lafayette Black Women's Leadership Association. She will reference productive rage in Audre Lorde’s “Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism.”

‘Looking for Voodoo’
The Jeanerette Museum will present the history talk, “Looking for Voodoo,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the museum located at 500 E. Main St. in Jeanerette. The talk suitable for adult audiences will explore the culture associated with the history of African diasporic religions by author Jeff Anderson, the William R. Hammond Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Anderson’s book, “Conjure in African American Society,” examines black magical practices from colonial times to the rise of modern spiritual supply stores. In 2008, he finished a second book, “Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Conjure: A Handbook,” which he followed by editing the “Voodoo Encyclopedia” in 2015. Anderson’s current project is a study of Mississippi Valley Voodoo. For more information on the free event, visit, call (337) 276-4408 or email

The North Louisiana Storytellers & Authors of Romance will host their annual conference March 3-4 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Shreveport. Industry professionals attending will be Candace Havens, senior executive editor, Entangled Publishing; Emily Rodmell, editor, Harlequin Love Inspired Lines; Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency and Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency. For information, visit

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival will be March 22-26 throughout New Orleans. For more information, visit

The Walker Percy Weekend, a festival to celebrate the Louisiana novelist’s life and work, will be June 2-4 in St. Francisville. Percy was born in North Carolina but spent much of his life living and writing about Louisiana. For more information, visit

Ouachita Parish Library
The Friends of the Ouachita Library Book Sale is always held the last Friday and Saturday of the month from January through October, and proceeds help fund activities and programs at the library. This month’s sale is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, in the meeting room of the West Ouachita Branch.

Book events
Sergio Poroger discusses and signs “Cold Hot: A Visual Journey” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Garden District Book Shop of New Orleans.

Carole Cotton Winn will visit her hometown of Rayville to sign copies of “My Darling, A World War II Scrapbook” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Rhymes Memorial Library and at 5 p.m. at the Richland Parish Library.

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country” by the History Press. She writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Write her at