Friday, August 1, 2014

63. Interview with author Elise Blackwell

63.  We interview Elise Blackwell, author of The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish. "Set in southern Louisiana in the weeks preceding the great flood of 1927, this novel depicts a place and way of life about to be forever changed. On the verge of manhood and a stone’s throw of the rising Mississippi River, Louis Proby is pulled between his love of the natural world and the glittering temptations of New Orleans, between the beautiful Nanette Lançon and a father who no longer seems larger-than-life, between the simplicity of childhood and the complicated decisions of adulthood." The Louisiana Anthology has posted an excerpt from her novel and one of our short stories.
  1. This week in Louisiana history.  August 4, 1901 Allen Greene school opens in town of Grambling, will later become Grambling State Univ.
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  Natchez VIII was launched August 2, 1879 by the Cincinnati Marine Ways.
  3. This week in Louisiana. August 4-9.  National Farmers Market Week The French Market celebrates National Farmers Market Week with cooking demonstrations, live music, and more.
    French Market
    1 French Market Place,
    New Orleans.
  4. Battle of New Orleans:
    1. August 6 Militia general orders (American) No. VIII.
    2. August 8 Anonymous letter written from the Havanna (British) No. II.
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