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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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Sheryl St. Germain
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Sheryl St. Germain directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University. Her books include Going Home, The Mask of Medusa, Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, and The Journals of Scheherazade. She has also published a book of translations of the Cajun poet Jean Arceneaux, Je Suis Cadien. A book of lyric essays, Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, was published in 2003.

Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair

Page by page in the collection, St. Germain's writing illustrates the strength and resiliency of the human spirit. Whether examining the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the struggles of raising a child who s battling chemical dependency, or the search for voice in art, Sheryl St. Germain faces life with extraordinary honesty and an unrelenting drive toward progress in these essays. Hers is a voice undeniably accurate and musical, full of truth.

"If you have ever been lost and away from home, if you have ever gone to war, if you have ever come home to a world you no longer fit into, or addicted to the beauties and dangers of the world; if you have ever refused to be displaced, if you are the prodigal son or daughter in your family's story, Navigating Disaster will tell part of your story." - Darrell Bourque

"Like many forces of nature, Navigating Disaster starts with a low hum and builds to a crescendo that tectonically shifts your world. Its honesty illuminates darkness, begs for light, and confirms that we desperately need a writer like Sheryl St. Germain to paint for us the beautiful and necessary chiaroscuro we live daily. Too many books are called brave. This book is downright seductive. It will embrace you, make you feel new things, and leave you a little bit changed by the time it ends." - B. K. Loren

 

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

State Library, Capitol View Room

Book Talk

Navigating Disaster

 

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Barnes & Noble Tent

Book Signing