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Novelist to give historical context to 'The Cottoncrest Curse' in Alexandria

Author Mike Rubin’s new legal thriller is a suspense-filled journey through Louisiana history. “The Cottoncrest Curse,” set on a plantation in Acadiana, is a historical roadmap from the Civil War to present day. The book is published by LSU Press and Rubin says it was inspired by his Alexandria roots.

“My wife and I walk at 4:30 a.m. daily. As we’ve walked in the mornings over the years, we’ve worked on the characters and plot lines. This was a great thing to do. In fact, it’s really appropriate for the Alexandria area because it was inspired at the heart of the story by the story of my great-grandfather who was an itinerant peddler in the South,” Rubin said.

Rubin says the curse of this plantation is that generations of owners have died there. However, there’s nothing fantastical going on.

“There are no vampires. There are no witches. There is no magic. It is a legal thriller involving the history of Louisiana. Although the murders are fictional, the characters with whom they interact with many of them are actual real historical figures. In fact, because it’s published by LSU Press, it was vetted by historians for accuracy,” Rubin said.

Rubin will give a multimedia presentation on the historical context of his novel Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Westside Regional library in Alexandria, located at 5416 Provine Place.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.