Six UL Press titles up for literary awards

The books range from a fable for children to a short-story collection, photography books and a biography of Clifton Chenier.

A half dozen titles released by the UL Lafayette Press have been named finalists in Forward Reviews’ 18th annual Book of the Year Awards. Forward Review is the only review magazine dedicated to books issued by university and independent presses.

The UL Press titles on the finalist list are:

● Catahoula, by John Slaughter, in the Pets category, a collection of photographs of Louisiana’s unique and visually distinctive state do;

● Duck Thief, by David Langlinais, in the Short Story category, a collection of stories centered around characters steeped in the Cajun culture and landscape trying to find their way in the world

● New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy, by Cheryl Gerber, in the Photography category, depicting life and death in New Orleans culture through photography and purposeful juxtapositions by a native photojournalist

● The Good Times Rolled, by Bernard Hermann, in the Photography category, a collection of images captured between 1978 and 1982 of African-American life in New Orleans

● The Legend of L’il Red, by Zachary Richard, in the Juvenile Fiction category, an illustrated children’s book that touches on themes of friendship, persistence, tolerance, and love

● Way Down in Louisiana, by Todd Mouton, in both the Performing Arts and Music category, and the Regional category, a first-ever musical biography of Clifton Chenier, the King of zydeco, with profiles of notable musicians he influenced

A panel of librarians and booksellers will serve as judges to determine the winners in 66 categories; the winning titles will be announced in June.

UL Press is part of the University’s Center for Louisiana Studies.