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    Musician, poet and folklorist Joshua Clegg Caffery of Franklin reinvents the lyrical folk heritage of southern Louisiana with his new book of poetry, “In the Creole Twilight: Poems and Songs from Louisiana Folklore,” published by LSU Press.

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    Musician, poet and folklorist Joshua Clegg Caffery reinvents the lyrical folk heritage of southern Louisiana with his new book of poetry, “In the Creole Twilight: Poems and Songs from Louisiana Folklore,” published by LSU Press.

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    N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature is a comprehensive collection of the literature of New Orleans, designed as an introduction for scholars and a pleasure for everyone.

    Tom Piazza of New Orleans has published a novel featuring Henry Sims, a fugitive slave and musician, who has escaped to Philadelphia and ends up performing incognito in a minstrel troupe in “A Free State.”

    Geri Givens Taylor of Ruston wears a lot of hats — multidisciplinary artist, photographer, actor, playwright, writer and community volunteer. The Louisiana Tech graduate is also an author. Her book, “The Kitchen Dance,” follows Joule Dalton, a successful interior designer whose life is choreographed by her loved ones until a tragedy forces her to learn her own steps. For more information, visit

    The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana protects and maintains more than 285,000 acres within the state. Now, renowned Louisiana nature photographer C.C. Lockwood celebrates those unique habitats in photos and text in “Louisiana Wild, The Protected and Restored Lands of The Nature Conservancy,” published by LSU Press.

    Louisiana Book UL-Monroe history professor Terry L. Jones has published “Louisiana in the Civil War,” born from columns written during the last few years,

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    My novella "The Letter" is currently a FREE download on until Monday. For information on the storyline and that of my corresponding novel, "A Cajun Dream," check out the post on Louisiana Book News blog.

    Lafayette graphic artist Kody Chamberlain (“Sweets: A New Orleans Crime Story”) and Joshua Hale Fialkov (“I, Vampire”) have teamed up to produce a wild ride in “Punks, the Comic,” a new graphic title from Image Comics. Several characters come together in this collage-style story, all based out of a home that happens to be on Vermilion Street in downtown Lafayette. There’s Abe (Lincoln), Fist, Skull and Dog, the latter three with human bodies and heads reflecting their names.

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    Here's the New York Times review of Gary Rivlin's "Katrina After the Flood." "What was lost won’t be entirely recovered. What will ultimately take its place remains largely unknown. Rivlin’s valuable book is among the first to relate, in clear and scrupulous detail, the decisions that have brought us this far, and to identify those who made them."

    Two new books reviewed in the L.A. Times aim to introduce older kids and adolescents to Katrina, “transforming shared tragedy through shared hope.”

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    “Three Winds Blowing” by Randy Willis is an examination of Rev. Joseph Willis, who was the first non-Catholic to preach west of the Mississippi.

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