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“Book of the Year”

Gold Winner
Art Category

by ForeWord Magazine



From Small Bits of Charcoal:

The Life & Works of a Cajun Artist

This is the autobiography of pen-and-ink artist Floyd Sonnier of Lafayette, La. Written and illustrated by Floyd, the book 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. The combination of intimate first-person stories and detailed drawings of scenes from days gone by creates an insightful, refreshing new view of a colorful era in south Louisiana history. The text is presented in both English and French.

In June of 2003, Floyd's book was recognized as "Book of the Year" in the art category, , which is the journal of the nation's 15,000 independent publishers. Over 300 books were entered in this category. Needless to say, we were very pleased with this honor. We know Floyd was smiling with a twinkle in his eye!

From Small Bits of Charcoal: The Life & Works of a Cajun Artist

"I consider myself a historian as well as an artist.
I’m visually recording history."
– Floyd Sonnier

Table of Contents   Introduction
Dedication   Three Sisters and a Cousin Page 9

Each book purchased through the Beau Cajun Gallery comes embossed with Floyd Sonnier's signature.