A Celebration of Literature and Art Inc., a nonprofit arts and humanities group in West Feliciana Parish, has selected the presenters for its annual Writers and Readers Symposium slated for Feb. 20 at Hemingbough in St. Francisville.
Featured presenters this year are novelist Margaret McMullan, who released her seventh novel “Aftermath Lounge” on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; author Michael Rubin, a jazz pianist, national speaker, humorist and practicing attorney, whose murder mystery “The Cottoncrest Curse” was published by LSU Press; New Orleans poet Mona Lisa Saloy, who is returning to share a new book of poetry called “Second Line Home”; noted Louisiana photographer Philip Gould; and public muralist Robert Dafford.
“The Public Art of Robert Dafford,” one of Gould’s dozen books, features his images in both words and photographs of some of Dafford’s most memorable murals painted in the U.S., Canada, France, Belgium and Great Britain.
According to St. Francisville native and author Anne Butler, the CLA has put together an amazing group of authors and artists for this year’s symposium.
The five presenters will share their creative processes and mingle with fans at a panel moderated by local artist Carolyn Thornton.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with presentations by the featured authors and artists starting at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a question-and-answer session at 1 p.m. An autograph session begins at 2 p.m.
Part of the annual symposium is a “A Novel Image,” a competitive exhibit featuring photographs, paintings and sculptures matched with literary works entered by area artists.
On Feb. 21, a writers workshop led by McMullan will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Feliciana Parish Library for experienced and aspiring authors. Limited to 15 participants, the workshop will feature McMullan critiquing fiction and nonfiction work submitted by workshop participants in advance. Registrants must send their prose by Jan. 31. Lunch and supplies are included in the workshop.