Florence M. Jumonville: Spreading the Gospel of Books: Essae Culver and the Genesis of Louisiana Parish Libraries

Tuesday, November 12th

6-7:30PM

In 1925, Essae Martha Culver, a California librarian, arrived in Louisiana to direct a three-year project funded by the Carnegie Corporation that aimed to introduce public libraries to rural populations. Culver purchased a round-trip ticket, but she never used the second half. Instead, she stayed in Louisiana the rest of her life, working tirelessly to see libraries established in every parish by 1969.

In Spreading the Gospel of Books, Florence M. Jumonville chronicles the impressive, colorful history of Louisiana parish libraries and the State Library of Louisiana. She draws upon Culver’s journals and library reports, in addition to correspondence, scrapbooks, and State Library internal documents, and includes photos from five decades, many never before published. The campaign to persuade individual parishes to financially support a library of their own was a long, uphill pull through poverty and politics, flood and famine, discouragement and depression, war and bureaucracy, ignorance and prejudice. Culver credited success to the citizens, whose thirst for books and embrace of the idea of a library inspired perseverance.

This book is available in hardcover ($50.00).

Florence M. Jumonville discusses and signs her book, Spreading the Gospel of Books: Essae Culver and the Genesis of Louisiana Parish Libraries.

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

Richard Colton: No More, No Less: An Artful Cancer Journey. A Remarkable Community. A Rediscovered Purpose.

Thursday, November 14th

6-7:30PM

No More. No Less. is the story of New Orleans philanthropist Richard C. Colton, Jr.’s almost two decades-long struggle against cancer, and the spiritual journey it unearthed inside him. A cascade of treatments plays out over these pages, involving chemotherapy, radiation and three major surgeries—the last of which cost him a radical resection of the left side of his face, altering his appearance forever. With his life hanging in the balance, the author asked for a miracle—and his wish was granted. This is story of a plea, a promise, and the loving support of community that gave a man back his life, so he could do more good in the world.

This book is available in paperback ($19.95).

Richard Colton discusses and signs his book, No More, No Less: An Artful Cancer Journey. A Remarkable Community. A Rediscovered Purpose.

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

Susan Langenhennig, John Pope & Chris Granger: Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans

Saturday, November 16th

1-​​3PM

 Don’t call it the city that care forgot. Passionate residents of New Orleans have come up with innovative ways to rescue, restore and preserve the historic architecture that creates this city’s singular sense of place. Published by the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans chronicles modern efforts to save the soul of a 300-year-old city and ensure its bright future honors its rich past.

Told through a series of inspiring building profiles and gripping narratives, this book shares the stories of the people behind the places and their journeys to preserve the history as well as the bricks and mortar. To underscore the urgency of historic preservation, the book includes a chapter on important buildings that were not saved from the wrecking ball. These obituaries of lost buildings were written by John Pope, one of the most celebrated obituary writers in the United States.

This book is available in hardcover ($60.00).

Susan Langenhennig, John Pope & Chris Granger discuss and sign their book, Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans.

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books. 

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