World-renowned author Ernest J. Gaines paid a visit to the Lafayette Public Library to promote his new book.
The author read an excerpt from The Tragedy of Brady Sims and later answered questions from the audience.
The award-winning writer also signed copies of the books.
The literary event was hosted by the library and the Ernest J. Gaines Center at UL, a literary workshop located in the university’s library.
According to a spokesperson with the center, Gaines was born in 1933 on a plantation near New Roads. He based his novels on the African American experience in the rural South. His works include The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971) and A Lesson Before Dying, both later produced as award-winning films.