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February 14 @ 7:00 pm
Join us for a romantic evening of live music and literature at Books & Books in Coconut Grove!
Musician and author, Roger Mason will present his book Jolie Blonde et Aimable Brune and play traditional French love songs throughout the evening. Drinks will be available for purchase at our Café.
Jolie Blonde et Aimable Brune stands out as an original, insightful and historical view of the musical heritage of the original Louisiana French Acadian descendants and their neighbors. Mason’s astute annotations in French and English are magnificently complemented by the sensuous illustrations by Yves Gros. This book is sure to provoke a truly must have fever for all history buffs and Cajun music enthusiasts.
About the Author:
Roger Mason is an army brat who lived 32 years in France where he was a recognized singer-songwriter. He is credited with having introduced Louisiana Cajun music and American finger-style guitar to the French public. In 1996, Mason returned to the United States where he obtained his Ph.D in music education from the University of Miami. Currently retired from teaching music at Saint Theresa School in Coral Gables, Mason continues to direct two children’s choirs and pursues his interest in ethnomusicology as a visiting scholar at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Mason’s recent book of traditional love songs from Louisiana, Jolie Blonde and Aimable Brune (published by Éditions Tintamarre and illustrated by Yves Gros) has attained critical acclaim.