What’s Happening @ the Library: Memoir is topic of Algiers branch talk

By charles Brown

Special to The Advocate

Through the support of the Friends of the Hubbell Library, the Cita Dennis Hubbell Branch in Algiers Point, 225 Morgan St., is hosting a monthly Author Night at Hubbell event on Tuesday, June 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The featured guest for this month’s event is Erin Greenwald of the Historic New Orleans Collection, who edited and wrote the introduction of the book “A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies.”

The recently discovered and never-before-published memoir of Marc-Antoine Caillot recounts a young man’s voyage from Paris to the port city of Lorient, across the Atlantic to Saint Domingue, and up the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

Only 21 when he set sail as a clerk for the French Company of the Indies in 1729, Caillot would spend his entire adult life in service to the company, rising high in its ranks. He died at 51 in a shipwreck off the coast of India.

This program should make for a very interesting evening. We are so excited that Dr. Greenwald will be joining us, and I hope that you will too.

For more information about this programs, visit our website at http://www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org, and to stay informed about upcoming library events like our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/neworleanspubliclibrary, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/nolalibrary.

Charles Brown is executive director of the New Orleans Public Libraries.

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