Lake Pontchartrain (Images of America)

Poppy Z. Brite



Alluding to an earlier time while describing the present, Poppy Z. Brite wrote in Soul Kitchen (2006), “After a long prohibition that would surely have shocked Mark Twain and his poker buddies…gambling was relegalized in Louisiana in 1991…Originally all boats had been required to leave their docks and cruise several times a day. None of them wanted to, since gamblers disliked being stuck on the boat for the entire cruise and would disembark before it set sail. Because the law allowed them to remain in port if sailing conditions were dangerous, the captains came up with all sorts of creative threats to their vessels: mysterious debris in the lake, approaching hurricanes as late as Christmas, large flocks of pelicans and other, even more fearsome seabirds.” The author is pictured with Chris DeBarr at Camp-a-Nella on the lake.


Other books by Catherine Campanella:

Excerpts from New Orleans City Park (Images of America)

The Beginning
West End
Back to the Bayou
War and Peaceful Pursuits
Life on the Lake
Photo Gallery
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A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is dedicated to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's efforts to rebuild the historic New Canal Lighthouse.

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