’s Nov. 12 introduction to New Orleans booklovers (Octavia Books) was previewed in Louisiana Book News, a column and blog by Chere Dastague Coen that runs in several state newspapers. Also featured: Clare L. Martin of Lafayette, who writes “about love, dreams and Louisiana” in her debut collection of poetry.

“I met Martha Holoubek Fitgerald at the recent Louisiana Book Festival,” Coen writes, “and was impressed with her dedication to her parents, two senior medical students who corresponded for two years before their marriage. Fitzgerald researched not only the 800 letters but background medical sources, archives and historical records for her book honoring her parents, titled The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing.”

Coen’s literary roundup included events at Baton Rouge Gallery, Jeanerette Museum, the Women’s Center Coffee Talk Series at UNO in New Orleans. and a series of wonderful independent bookstores in New Orleans: Octavia, Garden District bookstores, Maple Street, and Crescent City.

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