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Past articles by Chere:

2017 was a wonderful year for books

Spotlighting some of the literary highlights of 2017 → Read More

Head on down to the Festival of Words

The Festival of Words, an annual celebration of the spoken and written word, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year on Friday and Saturday in Grand Coteau. → Read More

Local authors up for National Book Foundation awards

The National Book Foundation released its longlist for fiction last week for the 2017 National Book Awards and “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward, along with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s “A Kind of Freedom” (reviewed in this column Aug. 20) made the cut. → Read More

Chere Coen: Monroe author Jamie Mays to speak at Ouachita Library Monday

Ronlyn Domingue of Lafayette, who received her master’s of fine arts in creative writing from LSU, has been tackling an impressive, innovative and intricate trilogy spanning a thousand years in a fairy-tale land in “The Keeper of Tales Trilogy.” She began with a second person narrative in “The Mapmaker’s War,” followed by the introduction of heroine Secret Riven and her gifts of speaking with… → Read More

Chere Coen: Geek'd Con, comic con-style event headed to Shreveport

Single-day admission Geek’d Con ranges from $5 to $20, with adult weekend passes $30. → Read More

Chere Coen: Emma Flick and ULPress publish new book “Snippets of New Orleans"

The book spotlights the unique, fun and sometimes strange elements of the Crescent City. → Read More

New title out this week by bestselling Louisiana author

Atheneum Young Readers is publishing several of William Joyce’s children’s books this year, under the label of “The World of William Joyce.” → Read More

Chere Coen: "The World of William Joyce"

Atheneum Young Readers is publishing several of William Joyce’s children’s books this year, under the label of “The World of William Joyce. → Read More

Chere Coen: Happy National Poetry Month

First up is former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque reading poems from his most recent publication, “Where I Waited,” at 7 p.m. → Read More

Chere Coen: Author Kimberly Holt writes sweet tale for young readers "Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel"

Kimberly Willis Holt, author of the National Book Award-winning novel “My Louisiana Sky,” wasn’t born in Louisiana, but Louisiana keeps appearing in her books. → Read More

Chere Coen: Good read: “Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans.”

New Orleans was not alone in creating a “Red Light” district, a designated area of the city where prostitution was allowed and regulated. → Read More

Chere Coen: Must reads from the French Quarter

Dr. Etienne Deschamps was fascinated by animal magnetism, a process made popular by Dr. Franz Anton Messmer, an 18th century physician who dabbled in hypnosis. → Read More

Coen: “The Young Wives Club” set in author's home state

Julie Pennell grew up in Shreveport and graduated with a journalism degree from Louisiana Tech. → Read More

Chere Coen: Lots of new books out this spring, and plenty of literary events on the horizon

Lots of new books out this spring, and plenty of literary events on the horizon. → Read More

Chere Coen: Brian J. Costello writes comprehensive book that showcases the diversity of Louisiana

Brian J. Costello loves Carnival. → Read More

Chere Coen: Upcoming literary events happening in honor of Black History Month

There are several special literary events happening this week in honor of Black History Month. → Read More

Chere Coen: Checkout these spooky books I discovered from Schiffer Publishing

If you’re not afraid of no ghosts at least reading about them here are a couple of spooky books I discovered from Schiffer Publishing. → Read More

Chere Coen: What does the word 'feminism' really mean in the 21st century?

Two things happened recently that raised the issue of the literal use of words. One was feminism, in light of the recent women’s marches, and the other “tree-hugger,” both words that have been related to radicalism in recent times. → Read More

Chere Coen: Authors script "South Baton Rouge" featuring special Barack Obama visit coverage and over 100 images

LSU associate professor of African and African American studies and sociology Lori Latrice Martin, along with the Rev. Raymond A. Jetson have co-authored a book that explores the history of an African American community in Baton Rouge. → Read More

Chere Coen: John Kemp releases new coffee table book “Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape”

I’ve long studied expression of place through literature, both classical and contemporary works, and written about many of those books in this column. → Read More