Darrell Bourque Reads Tonight

Former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque will read excerpts from his new work, "if you abandon me-comment je vas faire: An Amédé Ardoin Songbook," Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Health Technology Building auditorium on the LSU Eunice campus as part of the LSU Eunice Performing Arts Series.

The event is free to the public.

Bourque is a retired English professor who served as Louisiana's second peer-selected poet laureate. HE was appointed by Governor Kathleen Blanco and then reappointed by Governor Bobby Jindal.

Amédé Ardoin was a creole musician who is credited with by Louisiana music scholars with laying the groundwork for Cajun music in the early 20th century. Ardoin's life and continuing influence on Creole and Cajun music inspired the poet. Bourque spent about a year researching and writing the volume he released in May.

Ardoin, born in 1898, was known throughout Acadiana for his high-pitched singing voice and dexterity on the Creole/Cajun accordion. Music lovers across racial lines hired him to play at dances and special occasions. He died in 1942 under circumstances debated to this day.The musician's descendants have teamed with the poet for a series of events to raise money toward the creation of a statue in Eunice that will honor Amédé Ardoin. Bourque's book will be available for $10 at the event, and all proceeds will support the monument.

The LSU Eunice Performing Arts Series is partially fund through LSU Eunice's Campus Activities Board.

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