Paperback $12.95

Oct 17, 2006 | 192 Pages

Ebook $9.99

Dec 18, 2007 | 192 Pages

  • Paperback $12.95

    Oct 17, 2006 | 192 Pages

  • Ebook $9.99

    Dec 18, 2007 | 192 Pages

Praise

“Gaines is one of the nation’s most important and prolific living writers and the greatest American writer of his generation to emerge from the South since William Faulkner.” –The Atlanta Journal Constitution

“No one writes about mainstream, ordinary black life as well as Gaines does.” –Ishmael Reed

“Gaines reveals the constant doubts accompanying the artist’s quest — as well as the spirit spurring him forward.” –The Christian Science Monitor

“Words, wondrous and glorious words, burst from Ernest J. Gaines’s heart and pen, describing the events and experiences that led to the publication of his renowned novels. . . . By the end, we feel as if we really know this Louisiana-loving, boundary-breaking author.” –Southern Living

Table Of Contents

Introduction by Marcia Gaudet and Reggie Young

Essays
Miss Jane and I
Mozart and Leadbelly
A Very Big Order: Reconstructing Identity
Bloodline in Ink
Aunty and the Black Experience in Louisiana
Writing A Lesson Before Dying

Stories
Christ Walked Down Market Street
The Turtles
Boy in the Double-Breasted Suit
Mary Louise
My Grandpa and the Haint

In His Own Words:
Ernest J. Gaines in Conversation
A Literary Salon: Oyster/Shrimp Po’boys, Chardonnay,
and Conversation with Ernest J. Gaines
Ernest J. Gaines, Marcia Gaudet, and Darrell Bourque

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