Friday, December 27, 2013

32. Interview with Novelist Andre Rome

32. We interview Andre Rome. He has published his first novel, Hallowed Be Thy Name.  After Maria and Joey are trapped on their roof for several days after a hurricane, a boat mysteriously washes up to their rescue. They are shocked when they miraculously find an abandoned baby in the boat. Their lives take a dangerous turn for the worse when their miracle baby becomes the target of assassins determined to eliminate the threat that he may pose to all organized religions.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. Dec. 28 1862. (Old) State Capitol burned by Union Soldiers
  2. This week in Louisiana.  
    December 27, 2013 - December 28, 2013
    Creole Christmas
    523 St. Ann Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
         Guests take a self-guided tour of 5 homes in the French Quarter decorated in the Creole Christmas Style. At the final home, Spring Fiesta House, their is a presentation on Christmas during the 19th century. Refreshments are provided. Tours are family friendly and all money raised goes to the Friends of the Cabildo, support organization for the Louisiana State Museum.
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Friday, December 20, 2013

31. Interview with poet David Middleton

31.  We interview Louisiana poet David Middleton.  Dr. Middleton grew up in North Louisiana, and our interview focuses on his poems that reflect those experiences. Middleton is professor emeritus from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, where he served as professor of English, Poet-in-Residence, Distinguished Service Professor, Alcee Fortier Distinguished Professor, and head of the Department of Languages and Literature.  He has published the books The Burning Fields, As Far as Light Remains, and The Habitual Peacefulness of Gruchy. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, Louisiana Literature, The Lyric, and elsewhere.
  1. This week in Louisiana history.  Dec. 25, 1861. The Trent affair ends with release of Commissioners Mason & Slidell to the British (see Nov. 8, 1861 - Confederate Commissioners James Mason & John Slidell are seized by union navy ship USS San Jacinto off the British ship "Trent" on high seas in
    violation of international law. )
  2. This week in Louisiana.
    December 20, 2013 - January 2, 2014
    Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit "The Way We Worked"
    Downtown Minden
    Minden, LA 71055
    The exhibit is sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the
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Friday, December 13, 2013

30. Grandissimes. George Washington Cable.

30.  We discuss The Grandissimes, by George Washington Cable.  Perhaps Cable's best-known work, The Grandissimes is set in New Orleans at the time of the Louisiana Purchase.  Travel back to a time of duels, gambling, masked balls, voudou, Papa Lébat, plaçage, corsairs, and, of course, yellow fever.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. Dec. 15 1802. Pres. Jefferson, worried of French takeover of Louisiana, seeks to purchase Isle of Orleans.
  2. This week in Louisiana.
    Yuletide on the Bayou
    December 14, 2013
    102 W. Main Street
    New Iberia, LA 70560
    Gingerbread House Competition among Girl Scouts Pine to the Gulf
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Friday, December 6, 2013

29. All the King's Men. Robert Penn Warren.

29. Our discussion of Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1947, it was made into movies of the same title in 1949 and 2006.  This novel is one of the most important of the 20th century, and it introduces the character of Willie Stark, a fictionalized version of Huey Long.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. Dec. 8 1872. P. B. S. Pinchback, 24th Governor of Louisiana. Pinchback made history by becoming the first African-American governor in American history.
  2. This week in Louisiana.
        December 5, 2013 - December 8, 2013
    Christmas Belles
    Dixie Center for the Arts
    Ruston, LA 71270
          A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. It's Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters-Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye-are not exactly in a festive mood. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!
         General Admission Ticket prices at the door are $12 adults $6 students.
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