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Contact us

Louisiana
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.

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

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Gary Richards
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Gary Richards is the author of Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936-1961; essays in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South (forthcoming), Comics and the U.S. South, Faulkner's Sexualities, and Beth Henley: A Casebook; and numerous other essays on southern fiction, drama, and sexuality studies. An Associate Professor of English, he is Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication at the University of Mary Washington. 

Comics and the U.S. South

A wide-ranging survey of how comics have portrayed southern ways of life

Contributions from Tim Caron, Brannon Costello, Brian Cremins, Conseula Francis, Anthony Dyer Hoefer, M. Thomas Inge, Nicolas Labarre, Alison Mandaville, Gary Richards, Joseph Michael Sommers, Christopher Whitby, and Qiana J. Whitted.

Comics and the U.S. South offers a wide-ranging and long overdue assessment of how life and culture in the United States South is represented in serial comics, graphic novels, newspaper comic strips, and webcomics. Diverting the lens of comics studies from the skyscrapers of Superman's Metropolis or Chris Ware's Chicago to the swamps, back roads, small towns, and cities of the U.S. South, this collection critically examines the pulp genres associated with mainstream comic books alongside independent and alternative comics. Some essays seek to discover what Captain America can reveal about southern regionalism and how slave narratives can help us reread Swamp Thing; others examine how creators such as Walt Kelly (Pogo), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Kyle Baker (Nat Turner), and Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge) draw upon the unique formal properties of the comics to question and revise familiar narratives of race, class, and sexuality; and another considers how southern writer Randall Kenan adapted elements of comics form to prose fiction. With essays from an interdisciplinary group of scholars, Comics and the U.S. South contributes to and also productively reorients the most significant and compelling conversations in both comics scholarship and in southern studies.

One Book, One Festival: A Confederacy of Dunces

This year's One Book, One Festival selection is A Confederacy of Dunces.

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero is one Ignatius J. Reilly, “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, and a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original character, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures” (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun Times)

 

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

House Committee Room 4

Discussion

Comics in the U.S. South

 

3 PM – 3:45 PM

Barnes & Noble Tent

Book Signing

 

4 PM – 5 PM

House Committee Room 2

Book Talk

One Book One Festival: A Confederacy of Dunces