Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - C


ImageJoshua Clegg Caffery
Franklin, La. native Joshua Clegg Caffery is a writer and musician. He is a founding member of The Red Stick Ramblers and longtime member of the Louisiana French band Feufollet. Caffery was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for his work on the Feufollet album En Couleurs. He resides in Breaux Bridge, La.

Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana: The 1934 Lomax Recordings

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ImageMaryKatherine Callaway
MaryKatherine Callaway has been director of Louisiana State University Press since July 2003. Before her move to Baton Rouge, Callaway worked for 13 years for the Johns Hopkins University Press in Baltimore and London. She also worked for the University of Georgia Press. Callaway earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Georgia. She is the sixth director in the LSU Press's history.


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ImageChuck Cannon
Chuck grew up in the South Carolina low-country. He's a singer/songwriter whose music echoes the R&B, Rock & Roll and Gospel music he heard from the cradle. Chuck's songs have been recorded by an incredibly diverse array of mega-stars from around the world and have logged over 25 million airplays.

The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul

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ImageAngela Carll
&R Block and has taught both real estate and business writing at Tulane University. Carll is a licensed New Orleans tour guide, conducting ghost and spirits tours, cemetery tours, city tours and plantation tours as well as performing as a storyteller.

Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans

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ImageBrian Carpenter
Brian Carpenter is a freelance writer and coeditor of the anthology Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader. A Tennessee native, he graduated from Centre College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His articles on the South have appeared in various books and journals, including Southern Cultures, The Southern Review and the anthology Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing.

Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader

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ImageSarah Carr
Sarah Carr has written about education for the past 12 years, reporting on the growth in online learning in higher education, the battle over vouchers and charter schools in urban districts and the struggle to educate China's massive population of migrant children. Her work has been honored with numerous national awards and fellowships, recently including a Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University. She lives in New Orleans.

Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America's Children

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ImageConni Castille
Conni Castille has directed award-winning documentaries on Cajun and Creole culture supported by the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Her films include I Always Do My Collars First (2007), Raised on Rice and Gravy (2009), King Crawfish (2010) and T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story (2012). Her awards include Best Louisiana Feature, Humanities Documentary of the Year and Louisiana Filmmaker of the Year.

Documentary: T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story

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ImageChristopher Cenac
Christopher Everette Cenac Sr., M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Houma, La. native who attended Louisiana State University. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery in 1976. He is a practicing orthopedic surgeon and has served a term as Terrebonne Parish coroner. He and his wife, Cindy, reside at Winter Quarters on Bayou Black.

Livestock Brands and Marks: An Unexpected Bayou Country History

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ImageTeri F. Chalmers
Teri F. Chalmers is a French and Italian translator and a former professor in Tulane University's Department of French and Italian. She has translated articles for Bonsai and essays for Cambridge University Press, and has worked with The Historic New Orleans Collection since 2006. Chalmers earned a bachelor's degree in Italian and linguistics from Newcomb College; a master's degree in Italian from UCLA; and a doctorate in medieval Romance languages and literatures with a concentration in French from Tulane University.

A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies (Translator)

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ImageChris Clifton
Chris Clifton was to Texas and music born, known as one of the great guitar stylists playing blues, jazz, rock and country with an artist's soul & a scholar's dedication. He has played, often touring, with some of the best known singer/songwriters in the country and, now, makes his home in Fairhope, Alabama, often playing in Key West, Florida.

The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul

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ImageCheré Dastugue Coen
Cheré Dastugue Coen is an award-winning journalist, writing instructor, playwright, novelist and cookbook author. Coen's books include Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana, Magic's in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets with Jude Bradley and Cooking in Cajun Country with Karl Breaux. Her newest book, Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana, is a collection of little known ghost stories. A native of New Orleans, she now lives in Lafayette, La.

Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana

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ImageWilliam Conescu
William Conescu, born in New York and raised in New Orleans, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a master's degree in creative writing at North Carolina State University. He is the author of the novels Kara Was Here and Being Written, and his short stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, New Letters, Green Mountains Review and other publications. Conescu lives in Durham, N.C.

Kara Was Here: A Novel

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ImageNeil Connelly
As a teen, Neil Connelly worked at Beachhead Comics in Allentown, Pa. He later directed McNeese State University's Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing. He now teaches at Shippensburg University and lives with his wife and their two sons. The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible is his fourth novel.

The Midlife Crisis of Captain Invincible

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ImageAlex V. Cook
Alex V. Cook authored Darkness, Racket and Twang: Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Culture. His most recent book, Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisiana's Juke Joints, Honky-Tonks, and Dance Halls, was published by LSU Press in 2012.


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ImageJennifer Abraham Cramer is the director of Louisiana State University's T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. She has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in anthropology. She is responsible for managing an oral history collection of nearly 5,000 interviews and cultivates partnerships with like-minded organizations, individuals and community groups. Cramer produces What Endures, a podcast featuring content from the center's collections, and serves as the media review editor for The Oral History Review.

Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement

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Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

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