Journalist John Pope to speak at Southeastern's Sims Memorial Library


Monday, February 19, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – John Pope, well-known writer and author, will be the featured speaker for the seventh annual Friends of Sims Library Marjorie Morrison Members’ Tea on Saturday, March 3, at 2 p.m., at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library.
     Guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a selection of delectable sandwiches and pastries.
Pope is a contributing writer to The Times-Picayune and author of “Getting Off at Elysian Fields,” an anthology of 123 of his obituaries and four New Orleans funerals that he covered.
     The recipient of numerous awards for his writing, Pope received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Press Club of New Orleans and was part of The Times-Picayune team that won two Pulitzer Prizes, a George Polk Award, a National Headliner Award and the Medill Award for Courage in Journalism for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
     “John Pope has lectured widely to great acclaim, and he is a delightful and entertaining speaker,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “His book will be available for purchase at the event, and a book signing will follow the tea.”
     The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library who have renewed their membership for 2018/19. Non-members may reserve a seat for $25, which includes a one-year individual membership in FOSL. Unlimited mimosas will also be available for $10, and a drawing will be held for door prizes.
     Reservations must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 28. To reserve a seat or to find out more about FOSL, contact Janie Branham at 985-549-2186 or

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