Saturday, Jun 16, 10 AM-12 PM

Monthly Meeting – Southeastern Louisiana Romance Writers

Linda Thurman, author of Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo and Greed, will discuss the film industry movies made in Louisiana, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This event is free of charge and is open to the public. Thurman�s presentation, titled �How to Make Your Novels Irresistible to Hollywood,� is part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Southern Louisiana chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Hollywood insider Linda Thurman�s memoir/expose follows the rise and subsequent corruption of Louisiana�s film industry, known as Hollywood South. Intimately acquainted with the conspiracy to manipulate and control the Louisiana film industry (which resulted in several arrests), Thurman sheds light on the convoluted relationship between politics and entertainment in both Hollywood and Louisiana. Thurman gained her expertise in the movie industry from the ground up. She performed in theatre productions before finding her niche behind the scenes. From the chairman�s office of a Hollywood studio to the corridors of the Louisiana legislature, Thurman reveals the often confusing inner workings of the movie industry. Thurman served as a theatrical lighting designer in New York. Her credits include John Sayles� Turnbuckle with David Straithairn, Village Wooing with Rip Torn, and Spider Rabbit with Taylor Meade of the Andy Warhol Studio. Also in New York, Thurman directed the women�s theater piece, But Can a Woman Alone that was selected for presentation at the Womyn�s Theater Festival in Boston. Thurman held the Tom Bigler Endowed Chair in Media at Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, Penn. She was a founding member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group and served on the Digital Coast Roundtable Industry Relations Council (appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles). She also served on the boards of the Association of Internet Professionals and the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, as well as on the Internet Neutrality Task Force for the U.S. League of Women Voters. Following Hurricane Katrina, she served on advisory board for the Louisiana Center for Workforce Recovery. A native of Louisiana, Thurman attended Southeastern University majoring in music. For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.