Jim Bradshaw



Jim Bradshaw has written for newspapers and magazines for nearly 50 years. He retired in 2008 as an editor for the Lafayette Daily Advertiser, but continues to write his C’est Vrai column for syndication and has written five books. He has been called "one of south Louisiana’s best storytellers" and he has won numerous awards. He and his wife, Rose Marye, live in the historic town of Washington in St. Landry Parish.



10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Capitol Park Museum, Third Floor
Book Talk
Cajuns and Other Characters

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Cajuns and Other Characters: True Stories From South Louisiana

For decades, master raconteur Jim Bradshaw has regaled Louisiana readers with the witty, wistful, and weird in his weekly column, C’est Vrai. Collected here for the first time are stories of politics, poetry, music, criminals, eccentrics, soldiers, business, show biz, sports, and more, all from the heart of Cajun Country. History, mystery, and humor combine in this eminently readable collection from one of Louisiana’s greatest storytellers.

A fistfight with Huey P. Long, how the name Breaux got its x, a bootlegging priest—these anecdotes and more are told with a deft touch and a light heart. Bradshaw’s charming take on all things Louisiana is a quirky romp through colorful characters and strange sights, showcasing the rich history and culture for which Acadiana is known.


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