John Warner Smith is the second University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduate in a row designated Louisiana Poet Laureate.
Author Elista Istre will discuss the stories, sounds and savory cuisine of Louisiana’s Creole culture when the Bayou State Book Talks series opens its fifth season Sept. 11.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press published Istre’s “Creoles of South Louisiana: Three Centuries Strong” this year.
The book invites readers “to enter the Creole world – a place where cooks tempt taste buds with gumbo and crawfish, storytellers mesmerize young and old with tales tied to three continents, and musicians and dancers pulsate to the rhythms of accordions and rub boards,” according to the publisher.
UL Lafayette, the Center for Louisiana Studies and the Lafayette Public Library System sponsor Bayou State Book Talks. The free monthly discussion series features Louisiana authors whose books explore the state’s culture and history.
The events are held at the Main Library in Downtown Lafayette, 301 W. Congress St., from 6:30-8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month.
In addition to Istre, the 2018 series also features author Jan Risher, discussing her “Looking to the Stars from Old Algiers and Other Long Stories Short,” on Oct. 9; and Joe Abraham, discussing “Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths: From Alexander to Hitler to the Corporation,” on Nov. 13.