Tim Gautreaux -- novelist, short-story writer and retired professor at Southeastern Louisiana University -- is scheduled to receive the 2009 Louisiana Writers Award in Baton Rouge Oct. 17 at the Louisiana Book Festival.
Mary Tutwiler at The Independent in Lafayette has a nice piece about Gautreaux:
All I can say is its about time. Ive been reading Tim Gautreauxs work for years, cheering every time he publishes another book of short stories or a new novel. One year, I gave everybody in my family his novel set in a logging camp in the Basin, The Clearing, for Christmas. This month, at the Louisiana Book Festival, the Morgan City native will receive the 2009 Louisiana Writer Award. Its no surprise that the state literary folks would honor Gautreaux. Hes received accolades from just about everybody else. I just wonder why it took so long.
She's right; Gautreaux is a wonderful writer, and his short-story collection, Welding With Children, stands as a classic piece of modern Louisiana literature. Congratulations to Gautreaux.
For more info on the Louisiana Book Festival (and the beaucoup New Orleans writers who will be attending), check out the festival Web site.