Saturday, November 7, 2015

Haunted Lafayette on the Website-

Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana
C h e r é  D a s t u g u e  C o e n

Ghost stories abound in the Cajun and Creole city of Lafayette, Louisiana. The Hub City boasts a multitude of spirits and specters, from those lost in Civil War skirmishes and fever outbreaks to those souls that simply can’t say goodbye. Today, they wander the halls of bed-and-breakfasts and restaurants and linger along back roads and cemeteries. Pirates are rumored to guard buried treasure, and ancient French legends hide in the swamps, bayous and woods. Join longtime journalist and ghost seeker Cheré Dastugue Coen as she visits Lafayette’s haunted sites and travels the countryside in search of ghostly legends found only in South Louisiana.

            Cheré Dastugue Coen is an award-winning journalist, instructor of writing, playwright, novelist and cookbook author. A native of New Orleans, Cheré now makes her home in Lafayette. Her books include Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Tour of Acadiana by The History Press, the cookbook travelogue Cooking in Cajun Country with “Cajun” Karl Breaux and Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets with Jude Bradley. Visit her website at

Cheré Dastugue Coen is an award-winning journalist and author living in Lafayette, Louisiana. A native of New Orleans, Cheré began her career in communications at the 1984 World’s Fair. She has worked or written for Variety magazine in Hollywood, TravelAge West magazine, the Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge, Gambit Weekly in New Orleans, AAA and the Gannett newspapers of Louisiana, among many other publications. She currently works as a freelance travel and food writer, plus pens the weekly books column and newsletter, Louisiana Book News.

Her nonfiction books include “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana” by The History Press; the cookbook travelogue “Cooking in Cajun Country” with “Cajun” Karl Breaux (2009, Gibbs Smith Publishing) and “Magic's in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets,” with Jude Bradley (2010, Llewellyn).

Her fiction include the Kensington historical romances (under the pen name of Cherie Claire) “A Cajun Dream,” “Snow Angels” anthology and “The Acadians” historical series of “Emilie,” “Rose,” “Gabrielle” and “Delphine.”

Visit her blogs,, and her web site,    Read Chere" Interview and a taste of Louisiana.

 Festival of Words

The Festival of Words will take place Nov. 5-7 in Grand Coteau and surrounding areas. The festival features literary readings by nationally recognized authors, creative writing workshops in local public schools and community centers, a community stage for open mics, drive-by poetry and many opportunities for people to interact with featured authors.

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