The Maple Street Book Shop will host Deborah Burst for a reading from Spirits of the Bayou at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, at the Maple Street Book Shop (7529 Maple Street).
Literature that creates an authentic sense of place can be difficult to find. A writer who can capture the real spirit of a place is even more rare. Deborah Burst is such a writer, and her Spirits of the Bayou does justice to one of America’s most historic and hauntingly beautiful settings, South Louisiana.” C. E. Richard, author of the book Louisiana, An Illustrated History and the companion documentary “Louisiana: A History,” produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
Deborah Burst adds another book in her continuing series of Louisiana’s Sacred Places. Her fourth book, Spirits of the Bayou: Sanctuaries, Cemeteries and Hauntings, brings to life both the historic and artistic landscapes of New Orleans and coastal towns of South Louisiana.
One by one, each chapter unlocks the doors into ancient houses of worship, probes the eerie shadows of cemeteries and delves deep inside the bayou’s haunted legends. It’s a compelling gallery, a rarity in the literary world with both the magic of her words and the emotional flavor of her photographs.