Sunday, July 13, 2014

Never Trust an Alligator's Smile ...

Or an author peddling a new book... ;-)

I want to acquaint you all with my publisher while patiently waiting for my new children's book to come out.

You can read all about the beginning and growth of Pelican Publishing here:

Pelican's History

Pelican Publishing Company enjoys national recognition as a rapidly growing medium-sized company with a backlist of over 2,500 titles and 50-60 new titles produced yearly. As a general trade publisher, Pelican produces travel guides, art and architecture books, Christmas books, local and international cookbooks, motivational and inspirational works, and children’s books, as well as a growing number of social commentary, history, and fiction titles. --- cont.
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Every generation in Louisiana knows of the cultural famous The Cajun Night Before Christmas published by Pelican in 1974. I'm pretty sure that most homes in Louisiana have had this book on their home shelves at some point and many grandparents read it to small children on cozy December nights.

To hear the story you can click here: A Cajun Night Before Christmas recording. You'll need the book to complete the Cajun experience. :-)

And then there are all the Clovis Crawfish books by Mary Alice Fontenot that I grew up with. You can't grow up Cajun without listening to at least one...or two...or three of these books.
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And on September 30, 2014, my Cajun trickster tale Cajun 'Ti Beau and the Cocodries will debut on bookstore and library and school shelves across Louisiana right next to these regionally famous books. As we await our third grandson, I am especially eager to collect some dear little boys on my lap with these books and read the night away.
I've got some exciting ideas under my chapeau so stay close to your crawdad hole so as not to miss any future announcements regarding this little Cajun boy.
And if your school or library would like me to come and visit and dish out some excellent sauce piquante, let me know. I'll see if I can get some of the local "handsomest, grandest, swimmiest, fanciest, and spiffiest" cocodries to come with me. ;-)
But remember...never trust an alligator with a smile.



  1. So excited for you, Ms. Cay! I remember when we met up and you were just talking through the idea - and now it's going to be on bookshelves everywhere. :) Congratulations!

  2. How wonderful!! Congratulations!! But I bet it won't make it to New York libraries, too bad, it would be great to read as we read our way across North America.

  3. Congratulations, Cay! I will request that our library system purchase your book! Good luck!


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