There will be a book signing with Author Ernest Gaines for the new coffee table book "This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me: The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines"

Ernest Gaines, Louisiana Native and AuthorAuthor Ernest Gaines will sign copies of the new coffee table book “This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me: The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines", along with coauthors Reggie Scott Young, Marcia, Gaudet, and Wiley Cash, on Sunday, October 18 from 2 to 4pm in Dupré Library on the University of Louisiana campus. Copies of the new book will be for sale at the event as a fund-raiser for the newly established Ernest J. Gaines Center at UL.

“This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me:” is a new coffee table book published by the UL Press that examines author Ernest J. Gaines unique connection to the state of Louisiana. The book couples photographic images of Gaines and the places that have inspired him with quotations from interviews and his writing. It is divided into three parts: Land, Literature, and Legacy.

University of Louisiana Press "This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me"The Gaines book will actually be released in conjunction with the Louisiana Book Festival, which is Saturday, October 17 in Baton Rouge on the grounds of the State Capitol. The book is one of seven titles published by the UL Press that will be featured at this year’s festival.

Author Marcia Gaudet says “The UL Press and UL scholars will be major players in the 2009 Louisiana Book Festival. It is a wonderful statewide showcasing of work being done here at the university. For example, having the book talk ‘Ernest J. Gaines: Still Driven by That ‘Louisiana Thing’ scheduled in the Senate Chamber is a mark of distinction at the festival.”

University of Louisiana Press, Lorraine Gendron Louisiana Folk ArtistA second book the UL Press is premiering at the festival is Lorraine Gendron: Louisiana Folk Artist, which is the first extensive treatment of the Hahnville, Louisiana-based artist, whose Mississippi River mud sculptures, painted wood cutouts, acrylic on wood paintings and primitive dolls are treasured by collectors from around the world. Gendron is the featured artist of this year’s Louisiana Book Festival and one of her paintings was used for the 2009 commemorative poster and other promotional materials.

The other UL Press books featured at this year’s Louisiana Book Festival are:

Bienville’s Dilemma: A Historical Geography of New Orleans, by Richard Campanella

Old South Baton Rouge: The Roots of Hope, by Petra Munro Hendry, and Jay Edwards

The Last Days of Last Island: the Hurricane of 1856, Louisiana First Great Storm, by Bill Dixon

Up from the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War I, by Jason Berry, Jonathan Foose, and Tad Jones

Amid the Swirling Ghosts and Other Essays, by William Caverlee





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