Programs by Genre - Fiction and Literature

9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 1
Louisiana’s Death Row: Novels of Truth, Justice, and Mercy
Mandy Mikulencak, The Last Suppers: A Novel
Elizabeth H. Winthrop, The Mercy Seat

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 2
New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader
Kalamu ya Salaam

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Women’s Journeys of Self-Discovery in Fiction
Martha B. Boone, The Big Free: A Novel
Susan Cushman, Cherry Bomb
Vicki Salloum, Waiting for You at Midnight
Sweta Srivastava Vikram, Louisiana Catch
with Joe Formichella, moderator

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Chamber
The Haves and Have Nots: Exploring the American Dream
Xhenet Aliu, Brass: A Novel
Jonathan Evison, Lawn Boy: A Novel
Daniel Peña, Bang: A Novel
Mary Miller, Always Happy Hour: Stories
with Jason Christian, moderator
This program is made possible in part by funding from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 3
William Gay’s Posthumous Lost Novel Found
Sonny Brewer, The Lost Country by William Gay

9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 2
LeAnne Howe at the Intersections of Southern and Native American Literature
Kirstin L. Squint

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 1
Hilarious Yet Heartfelt Fiction
Theodora Bishop, On the Rocks
Iris Martin Cohen, The Little Clan: A Novel
Inman Majors, Penelope Lemon: Game On!
with Olivia Clare, moderator

10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
From Short Stories to Novels: 21st Century Southern Fiction
C. Morgan Babst, The Floating World: A Novel
Jamie Quatro, Fire Sermon: A Novel
Nick White, Sweet & Low: Stories
with Matthew Griffin, moderator

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room A
A Couple of Independent Authors, and How They Got There
Joe Formichella, Scarpete Stories
Suzanne Hudson, Burnin' Season: A Womanifesto

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room E
Short Stories: Thematic Collections
Jacob M. Appel, The Amazing Mr. Morality: Stories
Ronald Gauthier, The Wright Choices
Andrew Plattner, Dixie Luck Stories

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Chamber
The Tragedy of Brady Sims
Ernest J. Gaines
With Darrell Bourque and Marcia Gaudet, moderators
This program is made possible in part by funding from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 1
Family-Influenced Fiction
Nicole Seitz, The Cage-Maker
Spencer Wise, The Emperor of Shoes
wiith Olivia Clare, moderator

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters
Anne Boyd Rioux

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 1
Innovative Fiction
Shome Dasgupta, Pretend I Am Someone You Like
Katie Williams, Tell the Machine Goodnight: A Novel
with James A. Jordan, moderator

12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Chamber
Place as Character
Johnnie Bernhard, How We Came to Be
Minrose Gwin, Promise: A Novel
Bernice McFadden, Praise Song for the Butterflies: A Novel
with Erin Z. Bass, moderator
This program made possible in part by funding from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Capitol Park Welcome Center, Large Meeting Room
The End of the World as We Know It
Lisa Poché Calhoun, Superflare: The Fortunate Ones
Sherry Melancon, Afflicted: Book One of the RTX Chronicles

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Atticus Finch: The Biography - Harper Lee, Her Father, and the Making of an American Icon
Joseph Crespino

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Chamber
The Fighter
Michael Farris Smith with J.C. Sasser, moderator
This program made possible in part by funding from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

1 p.m to 1:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Voices from Louisiana: Profiles of Contemporary Writers
Ann Brewster Dobie, Julie Kane, Martha Serpas, and Ashley Weaver
with Mary Ann Wilson, Moderator
This program made possible in part by funding from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 1
When the Men Were Gone
Marjorie Herrera Lewis

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room E
Short Stories: A Sense of Place
David Langlinais, What Happened to All the Dogs? and Other Stories
Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith, The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born: Stories and a Novella
Amos Jasper Wright IV, Nobody Knows How It Got this Good: Stories from the Deep South

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room A
Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy
Sonny Brewer, Bren McClain, and Nicole Seitz

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Great American Read Debate
Joseph Crespino, Daniel José Older, Jamie Quatro, and Anne Boyd Rioux
with Frye Gaillard, moderator

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room A
Southern Writers on Writing
Susan Cushman, Joe Formichella, Suzanne Hudson, Nicole Seitz, and M.O. Walsh

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
The Power of Two: A Long Distance Writing Partnership
Despite the mythology surrounding the idea of the lone genius, authors Bren McClain and J.C. Sasser discuss the collaborative nature of their writing partnership with moderator Erin Z. Bass and why they are more creative as a pair than as individuals.
This program made possible in part by funding from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 6
Rebuilding Coffins: A Book Reborn, with Songs and a Live Interview with the Late Buddy Bolden             
Louis Maistros will be discussing the evolution of The Sound of Building Coffins that led to its current incarnation, will perform songs written during the creation of the book (which are also a part of a stage musical in progress), and will do a live, in-person interview with long-dead jazz legend Buddy Bolden (as performed by New Orleans actor Donald Lewis) in a scene pulled from the novel.

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room E
Southern Historical Fiction
Taylor Brown, Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel
Nathaniel Rich, King Zeno: A Novel
Kent Wascom, The New Inheritors: A Novel

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

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Chamber
One Book, One Festival: The Great Big Doorstep by E.P. O’Donnell
Katherine Henninger
This program made possible in part by funding from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

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