William Thibodeaux



William Thibodeaux was raised in Rayne, Louisiana. He is a Vietnam-era veteran having spent his time in the West Pacific while in the Navy between 1967 and 1969. After his military obligation, William spent 44 years in the railroad industry—mostly as an engineering manager. After retiring, he wrote newspaper articles for several local publications. Thibodeaux is an avid reader and lives in Lafayette with his wife, Judy, and Baby Bear, their 13-year-old toy poodle.




Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Capitol Park Museum, Third Floor Exhibit Hall
Book Talk
Hidden History of Acadiana

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Hidden History of Acadiana

Tragedy and destruction abound in this region and in these pages, but heroism, glory and Cajun flair come in equal measure. From the improbable Thoroughbred Twenty-Twoinit, which defied odds and burned Vegas oddsmakers at Evangeline Downs, to the destitute Reconstruction-era Cajuns who sought recompense from the federal government after the war, history comes to life in these retellings by historian and yarn spinner William Thibodeaux. Before “serial killer” was a term, a vile murderer stalked the streets of then-tiny Lafayette, inciting unimaginable terror. All too familiar are harrowing tales of locals who battened down the hatches as horrible storms roared forth. From the hills to the bayous, Acadiana has quite a story to tell, especially for those who lean in close to listen.


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