A few years later, the library published this list of local authors...
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Library Names Local Authors - April 19, 1984
The St Tammany Parish library system would like to honor both their readers and their local authors for National Library Week. St. Tammany Parish is very fortunate to have many talented authors who reside in our parish. The following is far from a complete list of the local authors and writers and some of their works. Many of them use the libraries for their research," a library spokesman said.
They include the following:
Victor Blackwell, Covington "O'er the Ramparts They Watched". 1976.
Colonel Wes Braud, Covington "A Family History" 1983
Jayge Carr, Slidell "Leviathan's Deep" 1979; "Navigator's Syndrome" 1983.
Mrs. Archie Core- Covington • "Tidbits about St Tammany Parish," 1954.
Frank Davis- Slidell "Fisherman's Guide to Lake Pontchartrain," "Frank Davis Seafood Notebook" 1983
Judge Frederick S. Ellis- Covington - edited "St Tammany Historical Society Gazette". Vol. 2.1977. "Other Side of the Lake: A History of Early Days in St Tammany Parish," 1961.
Carole Halston- Mandeville "Marriage Bonus," "Love Legacy," "Stand In Bride" Silhouette Romances
Lottie Harper- Pearl River "Miller's & United Families"
Doris Holden. Covington "On Through the Years With Abner Jenkins" 1970. "Cemetery Records" Vol 1 & 2 1977. "Saint Tammany Parish Marriage Records 1901 thru July 1924," 1980
Edith Koepp Hutchinson- Covington "Koepp Family Tree," 1980
Carol Jahncke- Covington "Louisiana Visit," 1976, "Mr Kentzel's Covington 1878-1890" 1979
John Kemp- "Martin Behrman of New Orleans' 1977," New Orleans 1981
Dr. Edwin 0. Jenkinson- Covington "Pocket Guide to Easy Office Opening"
Paul Marachal- Covington "Dancing Madly Backwards" working on book on loneliness and the journey into God
Mary Francis Morgan- Covington "Teacher Lady." 1952
Marty Mule. Slidell "Louisiana Athletes," 1981; "Sugar Bowl, the First Fifty Years," 1983
Bertha Perrand Neff- Covington "Index to the Marriages 1812 -1900" 1969. "Historical Tidbits and Statistics from the St Tammany Farmer 1878-1900"
C Howard Nichols "Louisiana's Florida Parishes: A Bibliography" , "St. Tammany Historical Society Gazette" Vol 3 1978; "Stories of a River Town - Covington, Louisiana at 200 Years,"2014
Ron Pedro- "Gathering Chase and Other Verse" 1976
Probably our most famous author is Walker Percy- Covington
"Last Gentleman" 1966.
"Love in the Rums " 1971
Lost m the Cosmos" 1983.
'Sovereign Wayfarer," "Message in the Bottle," 1975
"Moviegoer," 1961; "Lancelot," 1977 "The Second Coming" 1980 and "Lanterns on the Levee," 1941
Elois Sahuc- Abita Springs "Policeman Who Knew Huey P Long," 1977; "Slow Motion Suicide," 1981
Adrian Schwartz- Covington • "Sesquicentennial in St Tammany," 1963.
Sheila Stroup- Covington. Many articles published in Dixie Magazine of the Times Picayune newspaper
Leroy K. Willie - "Ancestors. Descendants and Related Families of John Willey and John Core" "Willey, Core Bennett and Other Ancestors". 1982
The St Tammany Parish library system would like to hear from many other local authors so that they could be added to this list
One of the area's most prolific writers and poets is Maurice LeGardeur of Covington. An attorney by day, he has written and published several books. Shown above is "A Country Lawyer Looks Again." A native of New Orleans, he began writing poetry in 1982 and became known as "The Bard of Boston Street." His most recent project involves books entitled "Mona's Law," a series of cartoons about the law and lawyers, as seen from a legal secretary's viewpoint.
His books include: So much for the mountains: Poems and phrases from the highlands; Carnival in New Orleans: A Fantasy; Mona's Law and Disorder; Gulf Coast Stimulus Package; A Country Lawyer Looks Back; A Country Lawyer Looks at Life; Mona's Crusin' The Coast; and Natchez Reverie.
Ron Barthet has also written a few books: two science fiction books, one Cajun comedy book, a history of the Southern Hotel, a book on procedures on how to tape family history interviews with relatives, and a few cartoon books, including one on holiday fruitcakes, a collection of cartoon maps, and imaginary festival posters. He's also done a few prints: a variety of pictorial maps, old photos of Covington, scenic pictures of trees and water, Barker's Corner 1975 aerial photo, Boston Street sunrise, and a montage of the Dixie Trail Ride.
Here's a list: "Reveling," 1969; "Going Whacko and other Science Fiction Stories," 1977; "The Gafferty Perspective," 1994; "The Gafferty Momentum," 1997; "Cajun Gold," 2008; "The History of Sun," 2017; "The Southern Hotel-Covington Legacy," 2018, "The Pictorial Cartoon Maps," 2019, and "Posters from Imaginary Festivals and Conventions," 2019. He has published more than 50 cartoon pictorial maps showing bird's eye views of towns and cities, many of which may be viewed by CLICKING HERE.