Simon signs Blessen at museum

Margaret Simon will be autographing copies of her new book, Blessen, during Jeanerette Museum Day Live! from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum. The museum is located at 500 E. Main Street, Jeanerette.

“Margaret Simon’s new young reader’s fiction Blessen brings us to the rich borderland where so many good stories come from,” said Darrell Bourque, 2011 Poet Laureate of Louisiana. “Set in a small Southwest Louisiana town on the banks of a bayou, this story reads like a cross between a fairy tale and wisdom literature. Blessen Lafleur is a child and a border being living on the edges of who she is about to become. Her story is unmistakably a story of cultural identity and spiritual quest richly textured by poverty, race and geography. However, Margaret Simon brings Blessen to problems and issues that are ultimately not about circumstance or place but rather about how to exist in the world with love and compassion as guides. The young protagonist’s challenges are the challenges of emerging consciousness wherever they occur and her story is one that is honest and resilient and true. In this story limited horizons press in everywhere, but it is the power of possibilities that gives the story its final resonance.”

Margaret Simon is a Mississippi native who married into a Louisiana life. She lives on the Bayou Teche in New Iberia with her husband Jeff. Their now empty nest once housed three daughters, Maggie, Katherine and Martha. Simon has been an elementary school teacher for more than 20 years, most recently teaching gifted students in Iberia Parish. She has published poems in the journal The Aurorean, and wrote a chapter about teaching poetry to young children for Women on Poetry published in 2012 by McFarland & Company Inc. publishers. In her teaching profession, she has a master’s degree in gifted education and certification by the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards.

Jeanerette Museum Day Live! a part of a Smithsonian and Louisiana Bicentennial celebration, will feature free admission and tours of the museum, live music, local author book signings, demonstrations, arts, crafts and more. For information contact the museum at (337) 276-4408 or email: If you contact the museum after its normal operating hours, please leave a message and your call will be returned. For information you may also visit the museum website,

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