Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - M


ImageClaire Manes

Claire Manes, a college instructor, has degrees in education, theology and English. Her lifelong interest has been in discovering her grandfather who was treated for leprosy in Carville, La., from 1924 until his death in 1932. Her doctorate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette gave her analytic tools to edit her grandfather’s letters, thus bringing him to life and her family out of the shadow of leprosy that had kept them silent for more than 60 years.

Out of the Shadow of Leprosy: The Carville Letters and Stories of the Landry Family

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ImageMary H. Manhein
Mary H. Manhein authored The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist, Trail of Bones: More Cases from the Files of a Forensic Anthropologist and the mystery novel Floating Souls: The Canal Murders. She is director of the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory at LSU.

Bone Remains: Cold Cases in Forensic Anthropology

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ImageRobert Mann
Robert Mann is the Manship chair and a professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication as well as co-director of the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at Louisiana State University. Mann has published several books, including When Freedom Would Triumph: The Civil Rights Struggle in Congress, 1954-1968 and Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater, and the Ad That Changed American Politics.

A Journalist's Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker's World War I Diary (Editor)

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ImageBenjamin Marcovitz
Benjamin Marcovitz is the founder of Sci Academy and the CEO of Collegiate Academies. Since its opening, Sci Academy has been one of the top-performing schools in New Orleans, prompting the creation of the Collegiate Academies network to replicate the model. Marcovitz grew up in Washington, D.C., and has taught there as well as in New Orleans and Boston. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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

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ImageMichael Marshall
Michael Marshall is a retired New Orleans Police Department detective and sergeant. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and is a former U.S. Marine and world history and publications high school teacher. His interest in the Civil War began at a young age during the conflict’s centennial commemorations and family visits to battlefield parks. The proud father of two sons, he resides in Hammond, La., with his wife.

Gallant Creoles: A History of the Donaldsonville Canonniers

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ImagePeter E. Mayeux
Peter Mayeux is a New Iberia, La. native. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and completed graduate work in communication at the University of Iowa. Mayeux has taught communications courses at the University of Louisiana Lafayette and the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Mayeux has published three textbooks on mass media writing, one of which has been translated to Korean. Dear Mr. Musemeche: The Early Years is his first effort at nonfiction and memoir writing.

Dear Mr. Musemeche: The Early Years

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ImageJohn McCusker
John McCusker lives in New Orleans and is a photographer for The Times-Picayune. He was part of the team that shared a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for journalism for covering Hurricane Katrina.

Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz

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ImagePreselfannie W. McDaniels

Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature (Contributor)

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ImageDavid Middleton
David Middleton is professor emeritus of English at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. His books of verse — all published by LSU Press — include The Burning Fields (1991), Beyond the Chandeleurs (1999), The Habitual Peacefulness of Gruchy: Poems After Pictures by Jean-François Millet (2005) and The Fiddler of Driskill Hill (2013). Middleton's verse has appeared in The Southern Review, the Sewanee Review and elsewhere. He is the poetry editor for The Classical Outlook and Modern Age.

The Fiddler of Driskill Hill

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ImageLeah Rae Miller
Mother, wife, and YA author living on a windy hill in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller loves fuzzy socks, comic books, cherry coke, and brand new office supplies. The Summer I Became a Nerd is her first novel.

The Summer I Became a Nerd

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ImageMonica Mingo

Film: The Coalition

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ImageSharon Monteith
Sharon Monteith is Professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham.

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the Ameican South (Editor)

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ImagePaula Morris
Paula Morris authored Ruined, Dark Souls and several award-winning novels for adults in her native New Zealand. She now lives in Scotland with her husband. Morris will appear at the 2013 Louisiana Book Festival via Skype from her home in Scotland.

Unbroken: A Ruined Novel

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ImageLaura Mullen
Laura Mullen is the author of Enduring Freedom: A Little Book of Mechanical Brides, The Surface, After I Was Dead, Subject, Dark Archive, The Tales of Horror and Murmur. Recognitions for her poetry include Ironwood's Stanford Prize, two Board of Regents ATLAS grants, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award. Mullen is the McElveen Professor in English at LSU and a special interest delegate in Creative Writing for the Modern Language Association.

Enduring Freedom: A Little Book of Mechanical Brides

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ImageMarty Mulé
Veteran sports writer Marty Mulé has served as a featured columnist for Tiger Rag since 2006. One of the most decorated journalists in Louisiana sports history, Mulé worked as a sports writer for The Times-Picayune for 33 years. Mulé is a Crescent City native who attended Redemptorist High School, now known as Redeemer-Seton. He graduated from LSU in 1970.

Game Changers: The Rousing Sports Legacy of Louisiana

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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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