René Uzee



Despite Hurricane Katrina destroying both his home and his hair salon business of 25 years, native New Orleanian René Uzee picked up the pieces and re-established in Baton Rouge. Once diagnosed with Lupus and Leukemia, he beat the odds and today is Lupus- and cancer-free.  Now Uzee has again beaten the odds to present his epic novel, Yellow Jack, a story centered around both the catastrophic 1853 New Orleans Yellow Fever epidemic and political corruption.



2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Capitol Park Welcome Center, Large Meeting Room
Book Talk
Yellow Jack

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Yellow Jack

This epic story begins in 1800s New Orleans, where greed precipitates a struggle for absolute power between two dangerously influential Louisiana adversaries.

Following the 1853 Yellow Fever epidemic, which killed nearly 9,000, a second outbreak in 1856 prompted a Government seizure of the Eustis Beckworth property near the mouth of the Mississippi River, which was held for 150 years. A cover-up ensued.

In 2007, intense court proceedings begin, the Beckworth family versus the United States, revealing: secret meetings, scandals, negligence, murder, and political corruption.


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