Jan Risher took the long way to get from Mississippi to Louisiana. Since moving to Lafayette in 2001, she has been a Sunday columnist for The Daily Advertiser. She was managing editor of The Times of Acadiana and has been a full-time teacher. She now owns Shift Key, a content marketing and public relations firm and continues a freelance writing career. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University and mother of two daughters.
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 4
Gathering Strength: Memoirs of Resilience
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Looking to the Stars from Old Algiers: And Other Long Stories Short
Jan Risher took the long way to get from Mississippi to Louisiana with stops in between in Slovakia, Mexico, China, Burkina Faso, and more than forty other countries. Since moving to Lafayette in 2001, she has been a Sunday columnist for The Daily Advertiser and has written a column every single week since March 2002.
Looking to the Stars from Old Algiers and Other Long Stories Short is the collection of these columns written over fifteen years. Arranged in chronological order, the collection creates a narrative of one woman’s aim to build her family, build up her community, and weave the stories and lessons learned from the past into the present.
From her family’s move to Louisiana, adoption of a daughter from China, covering Hurricane Katrina, travels near and far, author Jan Risher attempts, sometimes failing and sometimes succeeding, to do her small part to make the world a better place.
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