Louisiana native and local author will share his love of Creole culture and folktales at the Lafayette Public Library on June 22nd with his book Bouki's Honey.

Local Author Arthur "Roy" Williams' book Bouki's HoneyIn South Louisiana, Creole culture, zydeco music, and folktales add up to an entertaining experience. Louisiana native and local author Arthur “Roy” Williams will share his love of the Creole culture and its folktales on Monday, June 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at the Lafayette Public Library, downtown. Celebrating the official release of his book, Bouki’s Honey, Williams, a retired educator, intends to inspire, entertain and educate persons of all ages.

Williams heard many stories as a child growing up in Southwestern Louisiana. Some were about the humorous Creole folktale characters “Lapin” (rabbit in French) the trickster and “Bouki” a simple-minded donkey.

“Bouki’s Honey” is Williams’ first volume of stories in a series of ten Creole folktales which have a rich and fascinating history, hundreds of years old. These tales, originating from Senegal, Africa, were first recorded in the United States in 150-year-old cabins on the grounds of “Laura”, a Louisiana Creole Plantation. It is believed that the Louisiana slaves from Senegal brought the tales to Louisiana, and while told as stories of their homeland, also used ‘Bouki and Lapin’ as a code to surreptitiously celebrate small victories while under the conditions of slavery.

Lapin’s adventures soon went on to become the popular American tales made famous by Joel Chandler Harris as ‘Br’er (Brother) Rabbit’ - yet Williams' version relies heavily on the original source material, making the duo of trickster and tricked uniquely Creole in culture and style.

Join Williams and the Lafayette Public Library for “a bit of history and a lot of humor” with the colorful tales of Lapin the clever rabbit and Bouki the slow-witted donkey. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Lafayette Public Library is located at 301 West Congress Street in downtown Lafayette. For more information, call (337) 261-5783. 

 

 


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