4747 W. Napoleon Avenue
Metairie, LA 70001
Library Event, Author Event, Book Signing
Greg Alexander, a local author who lives and works in Metairie, will discuss his new book, The Holy Mark, at 7 p.m., Monday, April 14, at the Eastbank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The event is free of charge and is open to the public. Books will be available for sale for those who would like to purchase them.
The Holy Mark is a monologue told from the point of view of a psychologically disturbed Catholic priest who continually rationalizes and justifies his relationships with teenaged boys. It combines the elements of a psychological case study and dysfunctional New Orleans Italian family saga. The story begins with the narrator "in exile" in a tiny North Louisiana parish where he has been reassigned by church hierarchy in New Orleans, his city of birth. About to mark his Silver Jubilee as a priest, he reflects on his life, including his childhood and 25 years in the church. That reflection, covering the years 1970-1995, is the heart of the novel.
The Holy Mark is the story of one reluctant priest caught between the cynicism of his own Southern upbringing and the political machinations of the Roman Catholic Church.
Gregory Alexander was born and raised in New Orleans. After completing degrees in Psychology and American Literature, he taught English at several Catholic schools in the city. His short stories, including the genesis of The Holy Mark, have appeared in independent and academically connected literary magazines across the country. Alexander has been a contributing book reviewer for the New Orleans Times Picayune.
For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at(504) 889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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