Two recently published authors will sign their books in a joint program with the Gallery by the Lake Thursday, April 28.
Bayou Writers Group members will read from their original works at 6 p.m., during the Associated Louisiana Artists Art Walk Preview party at the gallery, 106 W. Pryce Street. The gallery will open its doors at 5 p.m. for art patrons to enjoy refreshments and view art displays.
ALA member Jock McGregor, noted for his paintings highlighting the distinctive culture of south Louisiana, will be featured artist of the gallery exhibit. Theme for the show of other members’ work is “Secret Places.”
Bayou Writers Group will also read from their works in the annual Spring Art Walk at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, a project of the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. The readings will take place on the stage outside the Blue Dog Café.
Bayou Writers Group members Mark Wayne Allen of Merryville and Linda Hebert Todd of Westlake will have their newly published books for sale and autographs. Other members will join them in readings of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Allen recently self-published his memoire, 3 Lifetimes In 1: A True Story about Change and Redemption. It is the story of his life from childhood, his changed circumstances after he was severely injured in a car wreck at age 12 and further hurt with a head injury at age 15. He was not expected to live after each disaster, but he is functional today as a quadriplegic. In addition to his writing, he is a mayor pro-tem of the Town of Merryville and active in a number of other career pursuits.
Wild Justice, a Novel, is a first book for Todd. The crime story is set in a semi-fictional southwest Louisiana. Todd is a retired manager of the Westlake branch of Calcasieu Parish library and studied English at McNeese State University. Her book is also self-published.