Mary Ann Sternberg



Mary Ann Sternberg is a longtime narrative nonfiction writer and author of four nonfiction books.  She specializes in Louisiana history and culture, including the River Road, as well as travel and personal essays.  Her work has appeared in a variety of local, regional, and national newspapers and magazines including, Preservation, AARP Magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. She lives in Baton Rouge, where she works part-time at the LSU School of Mass Communication.




10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Capitol Park Museum, First Floor Auditorium
Book Talk
River Road Rambler Returns: More Curiosities along Louisiana's Historic Byway

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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River Road Rambler Returns: More Curiosities along Louisiana’s Historic Byway

In River Road Rambler Returns: More Curiosities along Louisiana’s Historic Byway, Mary Ann Sternberg follows up her successful River Road Rambler with new delightful histories from Louisiana’s most famous route. Her latest explorations include a trip on a towboat as it pushes a fleet of barges down the river; the true story behind the Sunshine Bridge, originally called The Bridge to Nowhere; a tour of one of the last working sugar mills along the River Road; stories about how two iconic plantation houses were saved; and much more.

Well researched and engagingly written, River Road Rambler Returns provides keen observations on unappreciated places and offers rich histories of unusual attractions along the winding road that lines the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.


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