Five Forks library branch to host New Orleans night

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Public Library plans to make it easy Monday to learn about the Big Easy.

As part of its mission to support the community's informational, educational and recreational interests with convenient, creative, customer-friendly access to materials and services, the library will host "New Orleans: Journey of a City" at 7 p.m. Monday at its Five Forks Branch. On hand for the occasion will be two authors who specialize in writing about the spirited American city and its colorful European and Creole cultures.

The first author, Louise McKinney, is a native of Canada and author of the recent book 'New Orleans: A Cultural History.' The book received favorable reviews in Great Britain's The Guardian, New Orleans Magazine and The Times-Picayune, the city's largest newspaper.

The second author, Ron Gauthier, is a native of New Orleans and was forced to evacuate following Hurricane Katrina. His novels, "Prey for Me: A New Orleans Mystery" and 'Hard Time on the Bayou' are both a result of Gauthier's love for New Orleans and his dedication to preserving the unique culture of his home city.

According to the Michelle Long, public relations director for the library, the program will address the distinctive elements of Creole including the language, cuisine, architecture, history and the fiercely proud natives of New Orleans.

Books from both authors will be available for purchase.

The Five Forks branch is located at 2780 Five Forks-Trickum Road in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-978-5154.