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NEA Big Read: Meet Ernest Gaines

A recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship early in his career, Ernest Gaines is best known for his 1971 novel, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and his 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship

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Bousillage

A clip demonstrating the making of a bousillage wall, at Prairie des Femmes, LA, in the spring of 2007. Bousillage is a mixture of clay and grass and/or other fiberous substance. It is the name of one of the components of a style of construction that uses vertical logs enclosed or filled by the aforementioned mixture. This style was commonly used by 18th century French colonial settlers in the Americas.

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Cosimo Matassa Interview

A short interview with influential New Orleans R&B/Rock & Rollmusic producer, Cosimo Matassa. Shot in New Orleans for the 2005Mayor's Arts Awards presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans.Produced by Robbie Denny. Shot & Edited by Donna Schlaudecker

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The Baroness and Her Buildings

A spirited account of Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, who during the mid-1800s, weathers a bad marriage, an attempt on her life by her father-in-law, the wrath of the patriarchal Napoleonic legal codes, and the mildew and malaria of early New Orleans. Narrated in part by the late Senator Eugene McCarthy, this documentary also depicts the Baroness’ construction of the famous Pontalba row houses in Jackson Square, their subsequent decline by the turn of the century, and their preservation and restoration beginning in the 1920s. Copyright 1984. Director: Christina Vella

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