‘Great Authors’ fundraiser set

LSU professor Mary H. Manhein, known as “The Bone Lady,” will be the speaker at the seventh annual “An Evening with Great Authors” fundraiser at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The event, hosted by Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge with the LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, will be held at LSU’s Energy, Coast & Environment Building in the Dalton Woods Auditorium.

Manhein, a physical anthropologist and bioarchaeologist, will speak about her 27 years of experience in field recovery and analysis of human skeletal remains. She is the author of two nonfiction books, “The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist” and “Trail of Bones: More Cases from the Files of a Forensic Anthropologist.” She has written her first fiction book, “Softly, They Die.”

Manhein is the director of the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Lab, director of the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing Persons Information Program and is also professional in residence for anthropology in LSU’s Department of Geography and Anthropology.

She has also served as deputy coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish since 1993 and is certified as an expert witness in forensic anthropology for Texas and Louisiana.

She is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has made more than 25 guest appearances on Fox TV’s Program, “Missing.”