AP NEWS

Literary Fest event

March 18, 2018 GMT

This year’s Books along the Teche Literary Festival spotlights two writers with strong Louisiana roots and characters: James Lee Burke and Ernest Gaines.

The festival, formerly the Dave Robicheaux Literary Festival, hosts the University of Louisiana at Lafayette symposium on James Lee Burke’s New Iberia detective, Dave Robicheaux. The symposium at 10 am on April 7 at the Iberia Parish library on Main Street will feature University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor of English Dr. Mary Ann Wilson and panelists Sally Donlon and James Edmunds. The three will examine Burke’s post Katrina novel “Tin Roof Blowdown;” a novel Wilson calls a “cracker jack detective story.”

Award-winning novelist Ernest Gaines will appear at the Sliman Center at 3 p.m. April 7,to discuss his works, including his most recent novella, “The Tragedy of Brady Sims.” Reservations are required for this free event.

Burke and Gaines work in different genres but both relate the challenges of ordinary folk trying to maintain their moral footing in challenging circumstances. Their works do not disappoint.

It is not too soon to pick up works by Burke and Gaines at your local bookstore. Read their works; check the festival’s website www.booksalongthetecheliteraryfestival.com for the schedule and for ticketed events and join the festival fun April 6-8 on Main Street, downtown New Iberia along the Teche.

Claire Manes

UL-Lafayette

Symposium committee

Lafayette