Friday, March 7, 2014

42. Interview with Debra Faircloth.

42.  We interview writer Debra Faircloth.  Debra has just released a book of short stories set in Louisiana, The Fifth Guest and Other Louisiana Stories.  We also have one of her stories, "Dinner at the Spindletop Cafe," posted on the Louisiana Anthology.  In addition to her writing, she has worked for many years as an advocate for victims of domestic abuse (Louisiana Domestic Violence Hotline 1-888-411-1333).  Join us as we learn both about her writing and her important work countering domestic abuse.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. March 8 1836 New Orleans is divided into three independent "cities": French Vieux Carre and two American areas:
    1. The First Municipality included the original city of New Orleans, now known as the Vieux Carre or French Quarter. It lay between Canal St. and Esplanade Ave. In 1852 it became the Second Municipal District.
    2. The Second Municipality, sometimes called the American Sector, lay above (upriver from) Canal St. It included the area of the city previously known as the Faubourg St. Mary. In 1852 it became the First Municipal District.
    3. The Third Municipality, below (downriver from) Esplanade Ave., included the section previously known as the Faubourg Marigny. In 1852 it became the Third Municipal District.
  2. This week in Louisiana.  March 14, 2014.
    Ghost Ships on the River
    236 Hwy. 61
    Jackson, LA 70748
    225-654-3775
    Port Hudson State Historic Site, Zachary - Ghost Ships on the River, 6:30 p.m. To commemorate Admiral Farragut's naval attack on the Confederate river batteries at Part Hudson (March 14-15, 1863), a park ranger will lead the visitors on a walk to Fort Desperate and will share stories with the visitors of paranormal phenomena that have taken place in and around the Port Hudson battlefield. The tour will then return to museum where the staff will conduct a special night firing of the site's three artillery pieces including the always popular 42- pounder cannon. There will also have a presentation at the site's pond with the model gunboat fleet and pyrotechniques about Admiral Farragut's attack on Port Hudson.
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