The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Louisiana Studies is hosting Bayou State Book Talks, a series of discussions and book signings.

Events will be held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St., Lafayette.

“We want to let people in our community know that there are wonderful books being written about Louisiana,” said Michael Martin, director of the Center.

Martin’s book “Russell Long: A Life in Politics” was the subject of the inaugural book talk.

On July 10, Michael Marshall will discuss “Gallant Creoles: A History of the Donaldsonville Canonniers,” and on Aug. 14, Marty Mulé will present “Game Changers: The Rousing Legacy of Louisiana Sports.” Mulé’s book is a finalist for ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Award, along with three other UL Lafayette Press titles: “The History of the Acadians of Louisiana” by Zachary Richard, “Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie” by Darrell Bourque and “Soul Exchange: The Paintings of Dennis Paul Williams,” edited by Philip Gould.

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