The Friends of the Terrebonne Parish Public Library announce the 13th annual Jambalaya Writers’ Conference, April 2, 2016. This year’s keynote speaker is novelist Neely Tucker. As a staff writer for the past fifteen years, Tucker is slated to cover the 2016 presidential election for the Washington Post. Also slated this year are editors, agents, food writers, and poets. Physiologists, detectives, folklorists, and bloggers are scheduled to provide aspiring writers help and guidance when incorporating different aspects into their writing. Conference fee is $35 and $40 at the door. Poetry and Fiction contests are due before March 1, 2016.



Neely Tucker writes non-fiction by day at the The Washington Post, where he has been a staff writer for fifteen years, and is currently assigned to cover the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign. He writes fiction by night at his house, where it isn’t frowned upon to have a friendly glass of bourbon by the keyboard.

A seventh-generation Mississippian, he was born in Holmes County, then the poorest county in the poorest state in America. The first newspaper to hire him was the Oxford Eagle, the smallest daily in the state (and possibly the universe). They gave him the much envied job title of “Yalobusha County Correspondent.” He has since worked in more than sixty countries or territories, covering civil wars or violent uprisings in Bosnia, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as the U.S. Embassy bombing in Kenya. This work inspired crime novelist Elmore Leonard, a longtime friend, to use him as the basis and namesake for a foreign correspondent in “Cuba Libre.”

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For more information call 985.850.5301 or email jwc@mytpl.org.Conference is located at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library (151 Library Drive, Houma, LA).

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Courtyard Marriott
142 Library Drive
Houma, LA 70360




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