David Cheramie, born in New Orleans, received a Ph.D in Francophone Studies in 1999. Upon returning to Louisiana after having lived in France for seven years, he decided to become active in the renaissance of the French language and culture. He is a founding member of Les Amis de l’Immersion and Action Cadienne, two organizations dedicated to the preservation of the French language through Immersion education. In 1997, he published his first collection of poetry, Lait à mère.
Julie Choufleur ou les preuves d’amour, his second book of poetry, was published in 2008 by Les Éditions Tintamarre at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA. In May 2011, after thirteen years at the CODOFIL, he was named Chief Executive Officer of Bayou Vermilion District, a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana wholly within Lafayette Parish. It operates Vermilionville, a Cajun and Creole Living History Museum and Folklife Park.Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Cajun Room 10:15 am to 11:00 am
John François is a Louisiana author of historical novels as well as short fiction. His series of Cajun French short stories Les Quatre Saisons de Danté Hebert won the Prix Litteraire de France/Louisiane in 1997. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Cajun Room 11:15am to 12:00pm
Warren Perrin is a lawyer, former president of CODOFIL (Council for the development of French in Louisiana), author and Cajun activist.
Mary Perrin is a visual artist who works in mixed media such as collage, photomontage, painting, artist books, and performance art. She counts the traditions, life style, and music of her south Louisiana Cajun culture, as well as the storms that have ravaged her home state of Louisiana, as major influences in her work.
Acadie Then and Now: A People’s history chronicles the many aspects of the Acadians forced deportation from their homeland by the British and of the Acadians’ re-establishment in far-away places. The violent upheavals of the Grand Dérangement made thousands of Acadians homeless in one tragic uprooting after another, and thereafter constantly at the mercy of unsympathetic British colonists and others. The book traces their horrific decades-long world-wide wanderings and documents the many places where today they finally call home, places such as such as, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Labrador, South America, the Caribbean, the Falkland Islands, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, France, Louisiana, Maine, Texas, Michigan, Maryland, New England, the Antilles, Belle-Ile-en- Mer, and St. Pierre and Miquelon. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Cajun Room 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Barry Jean Ancelet is professor emeritus of Francophone Studies and Center for Louisiana Studies Research Fellow at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has given many papers and published numerous articles and several books on various aspects of Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole cultures and languages. He is part of the research team that recently produced the Dictionary of Louisiana French as Spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indian Communities (2009). He has also contributed to numerous documentary films, including co-producing Against the Tide (2001), radio programs on Louisiana French culture, and CDs featuring Cajun and Creole music. He serves as director of Lafayette’s annual Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, and hosted the “Rendez-vous des Cadiens,” a weekly live radio show from the Liberty Theater in Eunice, Louisiana, for 24 years. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Hall B, 10:15 am to 11:15 am
Phil Comeau, film director and writer, was born in Baie Sainte-Marie, Nova Scotia, and lives in Montreal. Comeau studied dramatic arts at Université de Moncton in New Brunswick, and cinema in Paris, France. He has directed some 100 drama and documentary films and television episodes in some 25 countries, of which a third are films on Acadians. His films have won over 40 awards in Canada, the U.S., and in Europe. He has also written some 70 film scripts; published poems in Plumes d’icitte and Éloizes; written an Acadian French dictionary, Les mots acadjonnes; and writen articles for the Montreal magazine L’Actualité. For his contributions to Acadian culture and cinema, Comeau received the Order of Canada, l’Ordre des francophones d’Amérique in Québec, l’Ordre des arts et des lettres in France, the Prix Méritas of the Fédération acadienne in Québec, and the Prix Grand-Pré in Nova Scotia. Comeau has also received honorary doctorates from Université Sainte-Anne and Université de Moncton, both in Canada. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Cajun Room 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ron Thibodeaux. Native of Houma, he has been described as “a noted chronicler of Cajun country.”In the blind spot of New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina, coastal Louisiana was devastated by other massive hurricanes in 2005 and again in 2008.
Hell or High Water: How Cajun Fortitude Withstood Hurricanes Rita and Ike explores the impact of those “forgotten storms” on the people, communities and way of life in the coastal communities of Cajun country. Published by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, the book won the Indie Book Awards’ 2013 national grand prize for regional nonfiction and the Independent Publishers’ 2013 Silver Award for Southern regional nonfiction. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Cajun Room, 1:30pm to 2:12pm
Dr. William Arceneaux was born in Scott, Louisiana in August, 1941. He received a B.A. in History from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1962, an M.A. (1965), and Ph.D. in History and Politics in 1969, both from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In January, 2011, William was elected President of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL).
No Spark of Malice: the murder of Martin Begnaud (2000) was nominated by the L.S.U. Press for the Pulitzer Prize in the non-fiction category of Letters and Drama.
The synopsis: Martin Begnaud was a merchant in the village of Scott Station (now Scott), Louisiana, in the heart of Acadiana. The residents of the village, nearly all Acadians, where stunned when they woke up on the morning of April 22, 1896, to find that Mr. Begnaud had been brutally murdered. There followed a search for the culprits, false arrests, good arrests, a famous trial, executions, and an unexpected twist to the end of this tragic event. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Cajun Room, 12:45pm to 1:15pm