Author revisits Felicianas for signing _lowres

Image provided by Glenna Clark Fallin -- Author Mark St. J. Couhig, formerly of East Feliciana Parish, will be signing copies of his new novel, 'The Face of His Brother' June 7 at the West Feliciana Parish Library in St. Francisville.

The West Feliciana Parish Library is hosting a book signing from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday for author and New Orleans native Mark St. J. Couhig, who grew up at Asphodel Plantation in East Feliciana Parish.

Couhig’s first novel, “The Face of His Brother,” was released Wednesday by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, a New Orleans publishing firm specializing in Louisiana authors.

“We are extremely excited about our upcoming book signing with Mark Couhig,” Library Director Glenna Clark Fallin said. “Many will remember Mark from their school days in East and West Feliciana parishes.”

Couhig describes his new novel as “not so much as a ‘whodunit’ as more of a what-happens-after.”

The story is set in 1967 and features locations in Clinton and New Mexico, where Couhig and his family lived for many years.

“My wife and I didn’t arrive in New Mexico by accident. We left south Louisiana to get away from the heat, the humidity and the bugs, but we weren’t retiring from life; we wanted another place that was just as interesting,” Couhig said.

Couhig, 61, began his career in journalism as editor of the St. Francisville Democrat and spent 40 years working as a reporter, editor and publisher.