The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press will host a Holiday Book Sale on Tuesday, December 15 from 5pm to 7pm at the UL Alumni Center.

University of Louisiana Press and the Ernest J. Gaines CenterThe new 2010 Ernest J. Gaines Center Calendar will be featured at the sale, as well as, several other new releases from the press including: Last Days of Last Island: The Hurricane of 1856, Louisiana’s First Great Storm, Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music since World War II, and This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me: The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines. There will also be author-signed copies and discounted titles. For more information, please call (337) 482-6027.

The Ernest J. Gaines Center has published a 2010 calendar, which features professional photographs of Gaines coupled with quotes from the writer. The calendars sell for $15 and are available on the UL campus in the English Department Office (221 Griffin Hall), the Circulation desk in Dupré library, and at the Center for Louisiana Studies. Calendars can be ordered online at: For more information call 482-6027.

Ernest J Gaines Center
The Ernest J. Gaines Center at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, established in 2008, is an international center for scholarship on Ernest Gaines and his work. The center honors the work of UL Lafayette’s Writer-in-Residence Emeritus and provides a space for scholars and students to work with the Gaines papers and manuscripts. Gaines’s generous donation of his papers and manuscripts and some artifacts to Edith Garland Dupré Library provided the foundation for the center’s collection.

Along with the Gaines papers and published scholarship, the Ernest J. Gaines Center can also anticipate the donation of extensive research papers, manuscripts and tape-recorded interviews of Gaines scholars. The center will expand the collection on Ernest Gaines to include all books, journal articles, essays, interviews, theses and dissertations on Ernest Gaines and his work. In addition, it will include a complete collection of all the published translations of Ernest Gaines’s writings. It will be the site of the only complete collection of Ernest Gaines scholarship in the world.

The Ernest J. Gaines Center will also coordinate other activities related to research and scholarship on the work of Ernest J. Gaines, and it may be extended to research on other Louisiana African American writers. The first of these activities will be an Ernest J. Gaines Scholars Conference at UL Lafayette, bringing in major scholars for presentations and inviting other scholars to do presentations and discussions in sessions, all focused on Ernest Gaines’s fiction.

Another activity of the center will be the Ernest J. Gaines Speakers and Writers Series. This series will continue to bring major scholars and writers to UL Lafayette and will focus on the work of creative writers and eminent scholars.

While UL Lafayette has contributed $500,000 to establish the center, the activities of the center will also depend on philanthropic contributions. To begin this fundraising campaign, all royalties from This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me: The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines will go to The Ernest J. Gaines Center. In addition, a deluxe numbered edition of the book, signed by Ernest J. Gaines and the other authors, will be given to the first 100 contributors of $5,000 or more to the center. For more information on how to contribute to the Ernest J. Gaines Center please email Dr. Marcia Gaudet at


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