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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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Jennifer Paddock
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Jennifer Paddock is the author of the novels A Secret WordPoint Clear, and The Weight of Memory. She received an M.A. in creative writing from New York University, and her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Stories from the Blue Moon CaféThe North American ReviewOtherVoicesGarden and GunMr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and The New York Times. She is also a tennis pro at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama.

The Weight of Memory: A Novel

In The Weight of Memory, memory is the common thread running through the storylines of Chandler, Sarah, and Leigh . All three women are from the same hometown, witnessed the death of a boy they all loved in high school, have complicated relationships with their fathers, and ride out Hurricane Katrina together in Destin, Florida. The character of Walker is also featured as he struggles with psychogenic amnesia, a memory disorder where he often loses personal memories. Leigh is searching for her father, who is a Cherokee Indian, and learns of her ancestry and how important it is to preserve the memories of the Cherokee people. Sarah is separated from her husband, but hoping for reconciliation, especially when learning she is pregnant. She is beset with memories of a faltering marriage, troubled relationship with her father, and her failed acting and singing career in New York. Chandler is betrayed by her husband, divorces him, falls madly in love with Walker, but finds new challenges with his memory disorder. Memories of Chandler's father, who committed suicide ten years earlier, are all too clear.

 

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

House Committee Room 1

Book Talk

The Weight of Memory

 

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Barnes & Noble Tent

Book Signing