“I consider myself a historian as well as an artist. I’m visually recording history.”
– Floyd Sonnier
From Small Bits of Charcoal The Life and Works of a Cajun Artist This autobiography of pen-and-ink artist Floyd Sonnier of Lafayette, Louisiana, written and illustrated by Floyd, tells the story of growing up as a French-speaking Cajun in south Louisiana in the 1940's and '50's. The book, which took some 10 years to write and 25 years to illustrate - recounts the way life was for him and his family growing up in a culture whose first language was French, whose religion was Catholic, and whose livelihood was the family farm. Presented in both English and French.