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Center for the Book

Celebrating Readers, Writers and Their Books

If you are looking for Information on author submission criteria, follow this link or email the Louisiana Book Festival Office with questions concerning author submissions.

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(225) 219 - 9503
Louisiana Center for the Book
701 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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Carolyn Morrow Long
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Carolyn Morrow Long began visiting New Orleans in 1978, when she became fascinated by the city’s history and culture. She is the author of Spiritual Merchants: Religion, Magic, and Commerce, A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau, and Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of the Haunted House. Also an artist, Long created the cover illustrations for the Laveau and Lalaurie books.

Madame LaLaurie: Mistress of the Haunted House

Inside the “Most Haunted” House in New Orleans

“Explores a pivotal event in a city that drips legends from every pore. In the end, Long reminds us that history has just one indisputable ‘truth’—the past was a complex world whose deeds continue to haunt us.”—Elizabeth Shown Mills, author of Isle of Canes

“A page-turner. History, folklore, myth—this book has it all, like almost everything in New Orleans.”—Nathalie Dessens, author of From Saint-Domingue to New Orleans

    The legend of Madame Delphine Lalaurie, a wealthy society matron, has haunted the city of New Orleans for nearly two hundred years. 
     When fire destroyed part of her home in 1834, the public was outraged to learn that behind closed doors Lalaurie routinely bound, starved, and tortured her slaves. Forced to flee the city, her guilt was unquestioned, and tales of her actions have become increasingly fanciful and grotesque over the decades. Even today, the Lalaurie house is described as the city’s “most haunted” during ghost tours.
     Carolyn Long, a meticulous researcher of New Orleans history, disentangles the threads of fact and legend that have intertwined over the decades. Was Madame Lalaurie a sadistic abuser? Mentally ill? Or merely the victim of an unfair and sensationalist press? Using carefully documented eyewitness testimony, archival documents, and family letters, Long recounts Lalaurie’s life from legal troubles before the fire and scandal through her exile to France and death in Paris in 1849.
     Themes of mental illness, wealth, power, and questions of morality in a society that condoned the purchase and ownership of other human beings pervade the book, lending it an appeal to anyone interested in antebellum history. Long’s ability to tease the truth from the knots of sensationalism is uncanny as she draws the facts from the legend of Madame Lalaurie’s haunted house.

 

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Volume 14: Folklife

Southern folklife is the heart of southern culture. Looking at traditional practices still carried on today as well as at aspects of folklife that are dynamic and emergent, contributors to this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examine a broad range of folk traditions.

Moving beyond the traditional view of folklore that situates it in historical practice and narrowly defined genres, entries in this volume demonstrate how folklife remains a vital part of communities self-definitions. Fifty thematic entries address subjects such as car culture, funerals, hip-hop, and powwows. In 56 topical entries, contributors focus on more specific elements of folklife, such as roadside memorials, collegiate stepping, quinceañera celebrations, New Orleans marching bands, and hunting dogs. Together, the entries demonstrate that southern folklife is dynamically alive and everywhere around us, giving meaning to the everyday unfolding of community life.

 

10 AM – 10:30 AM

House Committee Room 1

Book Talk:

Madame LaLaurie: Mistress of the Haunted House

 

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Barnes & Noble

Book Signing

 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

House Committee Room 4

Discussion

New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

 

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Barnes & Noble Tent

Book Signing