Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Make Plans to Join Us in Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Catherine Carmier

This fall, the Ernest J. Gaines Center, in conjunction with the Lafayette Public Library and the Louisiana Book Festival, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gaines' first novel publication Catherine Carmier. To celebrate, events will be held from September 17-November 21 in various locations from Lafayette to Baton Rouge. All events at the South Regional Library and the Jeffery Renard Allen reading will be at 6:30.  

The celebration will begin with a film series at the South Regional Library in Lafayette. Every Wednesday night between September 17 and October 8 there will be screenings of the four film adaptations of Gaines' work. The series begins tomorrow night with the short documentary An Obsession of Mine (video below is the introduction to the documentary) and The Sky is Gray

On October 9, Dr. Reggie Young and Dr. Marcia Gaudet will be part of the Center for Louisiana Studies' Bayou State Book Talk series. They will discuss their book This Louisiana Thing that Drives Me: The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines.  

On October 15, the center will  host a reading by 2009 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence winner Jeffery Renard Allen. Numerous reviewers have praised Allen's new book, Song of the Shank, including the New York Times

On October 22, Dr. Matthew Teutsch will lead a discussion on Gaines' work and specifically on The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman at the South regional Library. 

On November 1, Dr. Keith Clark will lead a discussion with Ernest Gaines at the Louisiana Book Festival. He is the author of Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines, and August Wilson.
 Make sure to get there early because the space always fills up quickly when Gaines appears at the book festival.  

On November 2, Gaines will be reading on the campus of UL Lafayette. The reading will take place in Moody 103 at 4:00. 

On November 21, the center will host Dr. John Lowe for the Second Annual Gaines Scholar Lecture. Dr. Lowe will discuss Catherine Carmier, pulling from the drafts and other materials housed within the Gaines Center's archives. He has written extensively on Gaines, and his Conversations with Ernest Gaines collects interviews with Gaines from the early 1970s through 1995. The lecture will be at 1:00. 

From September 22-December 1, patrons to the Louisiana State Library in Baton Rouge can see items from the archives that highlight Gaines' accomplishments and the numerous anniversaries
 this year. From October 9-November 9, items from the archives will be on display at the South Regional Library. 

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