Ernest Gaines

Famed Louisiana Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and other novels, passed away this week at his home in Oscar, Louisiana. He was 86 years old.

Bob Edwards, host of Morning Edition for 25 years, comments on the show’s 40th anniversary. Marcia Gaudet, friend and associate of Ernest Gaines, recalls Louisiana’s great writer who died yesterday at 86. We remember Ernest Gaines with an encore interview on his 75th birthday. 

Maxine Crump, President and CEO of Dialogue on Race Louisiana, weighs the merits of reparations amid Congressional hearings on the issue and looks at the significance of the Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953 which predated the more famous Montgomery bus boycott. Ernest Gaines, the world famous author who lives in Pointe Coupee Parish, reflects on his life and times with Marcia Gaudet, editor of “Ernest Gaines, Conversations”


Legendary Louisiana writer Ernest Gaines joins us on his 85th birthday and showcases his new book, “The Tragedy of Brady Sims.”

Author James Swanson discusses his book, “Chasing King’s Killer, The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin.” The famous civil rights leader was born on this date 89 years ago.


 Entertainment writer for The Advocate, John Wirt, joins us in studio as our first guest this morning to discuss the release of his first book, the biography of Huey "Piano" Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues. John will be at the Louisiana Book Festival this Saturday, November 1st, and he and Jim discuss what you can expect to find at the Book Fest.

Former MLB pitcher and the last man to win 30 games in one season, Denny McLain joins us as the day's second guest. He and Jim discuss the San Francisco Giants third World Series Championship in five years, and the performance by Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. They also get Denny's opinion on the DH; they compare the pitchers of today with the pitchers of yesteryear; and much, much more.

Louisiana native and world renowned author Ernest J. Gaines continues where Denny left off and reminisces with Jim about being in San Francisco the day the Giants moved from New York. Gaines tells Jim that he loved San Francisco and California, but that his heart was always in Louisiana. And tomorrow, on the Capitol grounds in Baton Rouge, Ernest J. Gaines will be at the Louisiana Book Festival.

Rabbi Barry Weinstein closes out the show today with Jim as both a spiritual advisor, listener, guest, and friend.

Jim visits with comedian and host of HBO's "Real Time" Bill Maher to talk about current events and Maher's upcoming appearance in Baton Rouge on Jan. 27 at the River Center.

Jim talks with celebrated author Ernest Gaines on his 80th birthday (an anniversary he shares with the host).

Dinaw Mengestu Wins Ernest Gaines Literary Award

Jan 25, 2012

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has announced the winner of this year's Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which is designed to inspire and recognize rising African-American writers in honor of the renowned Louisiana author.

Dinaw Mengestu will accept the award for his novel, How to Read the Air. WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked to him about the challenges of writing fiction and the underlying message in his novel.