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Authors in April: A benefit for the LSUS Pioneer Heritage Center

April 01, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Sam’s Town Casino Hotel
Noon – luncheon
$40.00 per ticket

Featured author: Paula McLain

Paula McLain’s critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling novel The Paris Wife has been a publishing phenomenon, with over 1.5 million copies in print. Painting a more complex portrait of Ernest Hemingway than many of us have come to expect, it transports us through his first wife Hadley’s eyes into the sumptuous, bohemian world of 1920s Paris and into the heart of a marriage that played a pivotal role in Hemingway’s budding literary career. McLain’s new novel Circling the Sun tells the remarkable story of pioneering horse trainer, adventurer, and aviator Beryl Markham, from her childhood in British East Africa to her relationship with hunter Denys Finch Hatton and her rivalry with Out of Africa author Karen Blixen—a notorious love triangle that changed the course of Markham’s life.

McLain has spoken to a wide array of audiences across the country, offering a glimpse into her research and the compelling characters that have inspired her fiction as well as insights into the writing process. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is also the author of two collections of poetry as well as a memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride.

The Pioneer Heritage Center is a regional history laboratory museum located on the campus of LSU Shreveport.  The Center comprises seven historic structures: Caspiana House, an 1856 antebellum classical revival frame cottage; the Thrasher House, an 1850 log dogtrot typical of early plantation homes in the area; a detached kitchen; the Blacksmith Shop; Doctor’s Office from Caspiana Plantation;  the Webb & Webb Commissary, circa 1900; and the River Front Mission. The purpose of the Center is to collect, preserve and interpret the history and cultural heritage of Northwest Louisiana’s Red River Region.  

Additional information about the Center or Authors in April is available by calling 318-797-5339.

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