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2017 Author Fair
Local History Author Fair
Local History Author Fair
Get ready history buffs! We are diving into the history of our region at Shreve Memorial Library's 6th annual Author Fair on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at our Main Branch. This year's fair focuses on local history and will feature many different authors with a variety of perspectives on the history of the Ark-La-Tex. All are invited to join the fun!

At the event, you will have an opportunity to meet the authors and learn more about their fascinating work. Come and join us as we celebrate local history. 

For more information, please call our Main Branch, 424 Texas St., Shreveport, at 318-226-5897.

Below you'll find more information on the authors joining us at this event. Borrow their books from the library and discover more about their work. 

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John Agan
John Agan
John Agan is the author of eight books about the history of Northwest Louisiana. Currently serving as an Assistant Professor of History at Bossier Parish Community College, Agan holds a B.A., M.Ed. and a M.A. from Louisiana Tech University.

A native and lifelong resident of Minden, he serves as the Official Historian for Webster Parish. From 2000 to 2010, Agan wrote a weekly column on local history for the Minden Press-Herald. He serves on the Board of the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum and as Chairman of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Board for the Germantown Colony Museum.

His professional memberships include the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, Louisiana Historical Association and the North Louisiana Historical Association, of which he is a former member of the Board of Directors.

His most recent books are Remembering Minden: Echoes of Our Past and Arcadia Press Images of America Series: Webster Parish

Available from Shreve Memorial Library:

Billy Andrews
Outstanding Weather in the Ark-La-Tex
Billy Andrews was born on July 30, 1958 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Due to a severe respiratory defect at birth known as "trachea stenosis" he could not play sports with other boys his age. As a result he had to find other ways to entertain himself. In the middle to late 1960s, Billy became interested in the weather. 

During the middle of the night when thunderstorms would move across the local area, he would get frightened but at the same time he was fascinated as well. Billy wanted to know why these thunderstorms were occurring. He was also interested in the causes of snow, sleet, hail, rain, wind and tornadoes. 

Upon noticing Billy's keen interest in the weather, his teacher asked him to provide the class with a weather forecast each day. Billy would get the weather forecast for the class from the television weather broadcast the night before. 

From the late 1960s to 1970s, Billy read all the books on the weather he could find in the elementary and junior high school libraries. This habit continued into high school. He absorbed as much information about weather and meteorology as he could, and at the same time he continued to deal with his respiratory problem. 

On January 12, 1971, Billy wrote his first personally developed weather forecast and three weeks later on February 4, 1971, he cut his first weather clipping from the Shreveport Journal newspaper. On January 9, 1973, he logged his first weather observation; however, he would have to wait until September 1978 for the National Weather Service to acknowledge him as an official cooperative weather observer. Since then, Billy has logged nearly 36 years of official daily weather observations at his residence.

Although Billy still has to cope with his medical problem, he doesn't let it stop him from doing what he loves best, studying and observing the weather, and being a cooperative weather observer for the National Weather Service.

Learn more about Billy and his book, Outstanding Weather Phenomena in the Ark-La-Tex: An Incomplete History of Significant Weather Events, in this story from KTBS

Available from Shreve Memorial Library:

Katie Bickham
Katie Bickham
Katie Bickham is an award-winning poet and teacher from Shreveport, Louisiana. She is proud to announce her first book of poetry, The Belle Mar, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize.

Katie earned her BA in English Literature and MA in Liberal Arts from LSU Shreveport. Then, knowing that one cannot write about a place until one leaves it, she enrolled in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, where she met the people who would pull the truly good work out of her.

Katie's poems have appeared in Rattle, Southern Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, The Missouri Review, Deep South Magazine, and elsewhere. Her work has won the The Missouri Review Editor's Prize and her first book, The Belle Mar, was selected by Alicia Ostriker as the winner of The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize. The latter is forthcoming in April 2015 through LSU University Press.

Katie teaches creative writing at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana. She lives in Shreveport with her husband, son, and their oddly-shaped shelter dogs in a very old house.

Available from Shreve Memorial Library:

Guy W. Carwile
Guy Carwile
Guy W. Carwile has been a practicing architect in Louisiana since 1985 and is presently architect emeritus after 30 years of active practice. He has been a faculty member at Louisiana Tech University since 1994 and is currently the Ken Hollis Endowed Professor of Liberal Arts in the School of Design.

Among his academic activities, he has led a number of student documentation teams whose Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) drawings have placed nationally in the Charles E. Peterson Prize competition of the National Park Service. He has also been a contributor to the Society for Commercial Archeology Journal as well as CITE: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston.

In March 2016, Karen Kingsley and Guy W. Carwile co-authored The Modernist Architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener: Shreveport, Louisiana, 1920-1960 published by LSU Press.

Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald
Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald
Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald, an award-winning journalist of 27 years, served the Shreveport Times as a columnist, business editor, and associate editorial page editor. Now an independent editor, writer, and publisher, the Louisiana native earned a B.A. in history and American studies from Loyola University-New Orleans and a master's in history from Louisiana Tech University. Her latest book projects include a business history spanning 175 years and a letters collection from the 1930s.

Morris & Dickson Co. Since 1841: The Story of an Enduring Family Business draws on public and private records and dozens of interviews to trace the birth, near-death, and rebirth of Louisiana's oldest family-owned mercantile business. Since 1841 reflects the grit and gumption of the Morris and Dickson families, settlers of frontier Shreveport, who triumphed over personal tragedy to build one of the nation's largest drug wholesale companies. The foreword is by Harvard Business School Professor John A. Davis.

The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing draws on nearly 800 courtship letters by medical students Alice Baker of New Orleans and Joe Holoubek of Omaha, later a husband-wife physician couple in Shreveport. It recreates the medical era before antibiotics, when tuberculosis ran rampant and interns were at risk of serious infection, and vividly illustrates the 1930s social barriers challenging women in medicine. Courtship earned silver finalist honors for biography/autobiography and for book design.

In 2004, Fitzgerald edited and published her father's Bible-based novel Letters to Luke: From His Fellow Physician, Joseph of Capernaum, which won national awards for religious fiction and inspirational literature.

Fitzgerald, a graduate of Leadership Shreveport-Bossier, serves as board president of Catholic Charities of North Louisiana. She is past president of Louisiana Press Women and River Cities Network, a business women's group. She and her husband enjoy living on a quiet country road in a bend of Louisiana's Red River.

Available from Shreve Memorial Library: 

Jeffrey Girard
Jeff Girard
Jeffrey Girard (M.A. The University of Texas at Austin) was on the faculty at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and served as regional archaeologist for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology for more than 25 years. He worked with landowners in the identification and preservation of cultural resources on private and state land, carried out research projects, and promoted awareness of cultural resources through public presentations. Girard was designated 2015 Archaeologist of the Year by the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.

He has published papers in several edited books and journals, and co-authored the book Caddo Connections, Cultural Interactions within and beyond the Caddo World, 2014, Rowman & Littlefield. He currently is working on a grant from the Cane River National Heritage Area to organize collections and records at the Williamson Museum, Northwestern State University.

Find out more about his book in this article from New Orleans Public Radio.

Kelly Jackson
Kelly Jackson
A former film and TV actor from California, Kelly Jackson is a burgeoning filmmaker and cultural historian. Her current project is putting together a film called Resurrection Fern, which explores her Louisiana roots.

The film will chart the life of the Melrose Plantation matriarch Marie Therese “Coincoin,” a free Creole woman who built a robust empire with the help of her sons Louis and Augustin Metoyer. Coincoin was known for her business acumen and became a woman of power in the small Louisiana town of Natchitoches. There are many facets to Coincoin’s incredible life — from the story of her love affair with her slaveowner Claude Metoyer to her journey to freedom — that Jackson is looking to capture and bring to a theater near you.

Jackson became interested in the history of Louisiana after researching her father’s last name, “Metoyer.” She followed her family tree to Natchitoches and met Betty Metoyer Roque, who works at the Melrose Plantation. Jackson was inspired with what she learned about her heritage and intends to translate her family’s Cane River legacy into a full-length movie.

You can find more information on the film or Jackson’s other projects at

Kristi Cavett Jones & Jackson Cavett Sibley
Kristi Cavett Jones and Jackson Cavett Sibley
Kristi Cavett Jones is an award-winning artist from Shreveport. She was raised by artistic parents, both of whom obtained art degrees. Kristi was President of the Art Club her senior year of high school. Later, she obtained a B.A. and a S.S.P. from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She worked for seven years as a school psychologist while residing in New Orleans. It was here she decided to delve into her first love:art. Kristi attended the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art where she participated in student group shows. Later, she started Kristi Jones Designs, a tropical jewelry line and sold her creations at the Red River Revel and other festivals for several years. In 2004, she returned to Shreveport where she started painting again. In 2011, she was awarded a visual arts grant from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Her art can be found at the new University Center of New Orleans, and is collected both nationally and internationally.

While in Shreveport, Kristi met her 4th cousin, Jack Sibley. The pair found out they share an affinity for their heritage and local history. It turns out both had always wanted to write a book! Jack persuaded Kristi to join the board of the Red River Crossroads Historical Association and Museum, an organization which later decided to renovate their museum. Jack and Kristi had the task of creating a large plantation banner. This project lead to the creation of the plantation book, which actually accompanies the banner found in the museum (housed in the Gilliam Branch of Shreve Memorial Library). The authors encourage everyone to visit the Red River Crossroads Museum! Kristi is considering working on another plantation book, and is presently gathering research data for this project.

Available from Shreve Memorial Library: 

Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones
A native of West Monroe, Louisiana, Kevin Bryant Jones grew up immersed in north Louisiana culture. After moving to Huntsville, Alabama, with his family as a child, Kevin returned to north Louisiana in 2004 while working for the Air Force on Barksdale AFB.

When he first moved to Shreveport, he and his family spent many Sunday afternoons driving around Shreveport and Bossier City admiring the architecture, enjoying the local cuisine, and soaking up the history of the area. Many years later, Kevin had the opportunity to compile the book, Images of America: Bossier City.

Kevin is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He is currently a Social Studies teacher at Broadmoor Middle School and an avid local history buff. He and his wife are volunteer tour guides for downtown Shreveport and the Municipal Auditorium.

Available from Shreve Memorial Library: 

John Andrew Prime
Barksdale Airforce Base
You may know John Andrew Prime as a columnist for The Shreveport Times who often writes about local history. He is also the co-author of Images of America: Barksdale Air Force Base from Arcadia Press and a contributor to Shreveport Sounds in Black and White and Legendary Locals of Shreveport with Gary D. Joiner,Ph.D. 

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Twin Blends Photography
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Identical twins Mike and Mark Mangham share a love of Shreveport history, and they use modern and historical photos to create a unique take on local history. Their work showcases historic photos of Shreveport set against modern photos to juxtapose the past and the present. 

Learn more about their work in this article from The Shreveport Times. Follow Twin Blends on Facebook to see examples of their photography.

Dr. Cheryl White
Dr. Cheryl White
Cheryl H. White, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History at Louisiana State University at Shreveport. She is author or co-author of several books on regional and local history, including Historic Haunts of Shreveport, Wicked Shreveport, Historic Oakland Cemetery, and a forthcoming title, The Haunted History of Louisiana Plantations.

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