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A coffee table book that examines author Ernest J. Gaines unique connection to the state of Louisiana.
“This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me:” is a new coffee table book published by the UL Press that examines author Ernest J. Gaines unique connection to the state of Louisiana. The book couples photographic images of Gaines and the places that have inspired him with quotations from interviews and his writing. It is divided into three parts: Land, Literature, and Legacy.
I could use the plantation as home for my characters. I knew life on the plantation . . . . I could use the church school for background, the church where generations of my folks had worshipped and where I had attended school my first six years. I could use the crop as background—when it was planted, when it was harvested. I knew the food the people ate, knew the kind of clothes they wore, knew the kind of songs they sang in the fields and in the church. . . .
Maybe sometime in the future I will write a good book, or publish a good book, about California. But I doubt that I will be able to do it until I have gotten rid of this Louisiana thing that drives me, yet I hope I never will get rid of that Louisiana thing. I hope I'm able to write about Louisiana for the rest of my life. . . .
My six words of advice to writers are: ‘Read, read, read, write, write, write.’ Writing is a lonely job; you have to read, and then you must sit down at the desk and write. There is no one there to tell you when to write, what to write, or how to write. . . .
Book Publisher: University of Lousiana at Lafayette Press
No. of Pages: 96
Illustrations (B&W): 30
Illustrations (Color): 50