VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT // Christopher Lee Manes - Naming the Leper

Due to the COVID-19 this will now be a virtual event held on Zoom.

Join Napa Bookmine on Tuesday, March 16th at 7:00PM PST for a virtual author hour with Christopher Lee Manes, PhD to discuss his book Naming the Leper.

This is a VIRTUAL event and will take place on Zoom. You must RSVP to attend. Email read@napabookmine.com to RSVP.

This is a free event. If you are able, a donation of $5 is suggested to help us cover costs. Donate hereYou can also order a copy of Naming the Leper below.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Between 1919 and 1941, five relatives of Christopher Lee Manes were diagnosed with an illness then referred to as "leprosy" and now known as Hansen's disease. After their diagnosis, the five Landry siblings were separated from their loved ones and sent to the National Leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana, where they remained in quarantine until their deaths. Drawing on historical documents and imaginative reconstructions, Naming the Leper tells through poetry this family's haunting story of exile and human suffering.

While confined at Carville, the Landry siblings attempted to keep some connection to the outside world by writing letters to family members and other loved ones. Manes incorporates materials from this correspondence, along with medical records, the leprosarium newsletter, and personal interviews, as he crafts poems that reconstruct his relatives' daily lives at Carville. Although much can only be imagined, their words remain factual and their feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and pain become explicit. Poetry cannot bring Manes's relatives back to life, nor can it heal wounds nearly a century old, but it can capture the sufferings and traumas caused by disease and exile. As a work of documentary poetry, Naming the Leper demonstrates that a term like "leper," whether a stigma attached to patients suffering from illness or a word inscribed on the caskets of the deceased, cannot define the lives of individuals or encompass the full extent of their legacies.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher Lee Manes is a poet, scholar, and educator whose work has appeared in Louisiana History, the Southwestern Review, and Carville: Remembering Leprosy in America. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Naming the Leper: Poems (Barataria Poetry) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780807171127
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Published: LSU Press - February 5th, 2020

Between 1919 and 1941, five relatives of Christopher Lee Manes were diagnosed with an illness then referred to as "leprosy" and now known as Hansen's disease. After their diagnosis, the five Landry siblings were separated from their loved ones and sent to the National Leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana, where they remained in quarantine until their deaths.