Aimée K. Michel


Aimée K. Michel is a theater director and playwright. She is co-editor of The Methuen Drama Anthology of American Women Playwrights 1970-2020. From 1993 to 2006, she was Artistic Director of The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. She is currently Head of Theater at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Western Massachusetts





Noon to 12:45 pm
State Library, Fourth Floor
Three Sets of Memories: Survival, Hope, Remembrance
with Colleen Hildebrand, Aimée K. Michel, Amelia Zachry, and moderator David Armand

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


Memories of a Louisiana Girlhood by Elizabeth Nell Dubus

Set in the turbulent times of the early twentieth century, Memories of a Louisiana Girlhood recounts the years 1933 to 1945 from the viewpoint of a girl growing up in southwest Louisiana, a unique region of manners, mores, frequent celebrations, and diverse food of both the French and Cajun settlers. Sprinkled among the pages are stories of Dubus’s encounters with spirited relatives, adventures with neighborhood children, adolescent growing pains, teen escapades, glimpses into Catholic girls’ education, ice cream socials and picnics—all under the watchful and amused eyes of a close-knit community. Recipes from the author’s family and friends are lagniappe to be enjoyed again and again.

Born into two remarkable families, author Elizabeth Nell Dubus recalls a world that, except in memories, has almost ceased to exist. This memoir makes it real for all who read it.


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