Please join the Center for Louisiana Studies in welcoming author Anne Butler for a discussion of her new book, "Bayou Sara-Used to Be," at the first Bayou State Book Talk of the Fall 2017 season on Tuesday, September 12, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Main Branch Lafayette Public Library (301 W. Congress St.) About the book: There’s nothing there now but a bunch of weeping willows, but in the nineteenth century, below the St. Francisville bluff was one of the most important ports on the Mississippi River. Bayou Sara had a mile of cotton warehouses, plus extensive residential and commercial districts. Who were the hardworking immigrants who settled there, why did they come and from where, and why did they stay through floods and fires and wartime shelling for more than a century? This book answers some of those questions for the first time, with fascinating collections of early images and excerpts from memoirs, journals, and newspaper dispatches that shed some light on this intriguing ghost town. About the author: Anne Butler is the author of more than twenty books and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. She has written everything from true crime and children’s stories to humor and travel guides, but her passion is the preservation of regional history and culture. She lives in one of West Feliciana’s most historic plantation homes, which has been in her family since the late 1700s. Bayou State Book Talks is sponsored by the Center for Louisiana Studies, the UL Press, and the Lafayette Parish Public Library system.