Oral history, literature presentations set for March 27 in Grand Coteau

Sam Irwin, author of Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, will read a short excerpt from the book on March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Thensted Center 268 Church Street, Grand Coteau.

Sam Irwin, is a freelance writer, photographer and public relations consultant residing in Baton Rouge, La. A book signing will follow.

There will also be a screening of a six-minute video title “Bien Fou Pour des Ecrevisses”.

The evening will also include an oral history presentation by a Grand Coteau native as part of the Grand Coteau Voices series. Each month, there is an oral history presentation that may include stories of work, education, entertainment and relationships of Grand Coteau residents from the 1920s to the 1980s.

The oral history presentation will be hosted by Constance Milton, a Grand Coteau native and Public History MA student at UL. The Grand Coteau stories will be recorded and archived at the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at UL Lafayette.

The event takes place on Thurs., March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Thensted Center 268 Church Street, Grand Coteau. Feel free to bring your own poems, songs or stories for the open mic that follows. Guests are also invited to bring snacks or drinks to share.

This free, community event is suitable for all ages and is sponsored by The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective in partnership with the Thensted Center and the Center for Louisiana Studies at UL Lafayette.

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