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Ken Wells to be featured at Friends’ annual author dinner

Posted at 1:23 PM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 14:23:50-04

Ken Wells will be the author recognized at this year’s Friends of the Lafayette Parish Library Author Dinner.

Wells is a Louisiana native who is a novelist, Pulitzer Prize finalist and longtime Wall Street Journal writer, a storyteller, photographer, and musician.  After his presentation, Ken will sell and autograph his books.

The community event will be held at the Petroleum Club on Wednesday, October 24.  The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner at 7:00. The cost is $25, and reservations may be made beginning Oct.1 by calling Bobbie at 984-8661.  Payment will be taken at the door.

Tom Wolf compared Ken Wells to the popular contemporary author Carl Hiaasen, but Cajun-style.  Ken grew up on the banks of Bayou Black near Houma.  Besides his celebrated career as a journalist and war correspondent, Ken is the author of five fiction books.  His Catahoula Bayou Trilogy includes Meely LeBauve, Junior’s Leg and Logan’s storm.  He has also published Crawfish Mountain and a young adult book Rascal, a Dog and His Boy.   He has also written 4 nonfiction books including Travels with Barley: the Quest for the Perfect Beer Joint, The Good Pirates of the Forgotten Bayous:  Fighting to Save a Way of Life in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina, Floating Off the Page/Herd on the Street/Collections from The Wall Street Journal and Herd on the Street: Animal Stories from The Wallstreet Journal. 

Ken is currently working on a social and cultural history of gumbo, Gumbo Life: Tales from the Roux Bayou.

Ken collaborated with his brother to write and produced the album Crawdiddy.  His work as a photographer centers on pictures of birds.

You can read more about Ken Wells on his website