Ken Wells, a novelist and journalist, grew up on the banks of Bayou Black, Louisiana. He’s authored five well-received novels from Random House, including the coming-of-age classic, Meely LaBauve. His post-Katrina reportage, The Good Pirates of the Forgotten Bayous, won the 2008 Harry Chapin Book Award. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Ken divides his time between Chicago and a lakeside cabin in the wilds of Maine. He’s working on a cultural and social history of gumbo.
12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room E
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
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