Category: Non-Fiction / South Louisiana / Natural Disasters
Title: The Day of the Cajundome Mega-Shelter
Subtitle: The ‘small city’ that sprang up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
Author: Jefferson Hennessy, Leigh Hennessy Robson, Mark B. Robson
Publication Date: July 2017
Price: $17.95, hardcover
No. of Pages: 160
Photos: 71 in color, 4 in black & white, plus 3 mapsPublished by: Acadian House Publishing
Distributed by: Baker & Taylor
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A 160-page book that describes how the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., evolved into the nation’s first mega-shelter in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. With a population of over 7,000 at its peak, this facility became a model for the rest of the nation, with its own medical clinic, security systems and other amenities of a small city.
JEFFERSON HENNESSY (1956-2016) was an accomplished writer who wrote extensively about the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His work, including the definitive account of "The Cajun Navy" rescue effort in New Orleans, appears in Acadiana Profile magazine and in the 2015 book, The Terrible Storms of 2005. A resident of Lafayette, La., he earned his M.A. degree in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
LEIGH HENNESSY ROBSON, the sister of Jefferson Hennessy, was a national and world champion trampolinist and continues to enjoy a stellar movie and television career as a stunt actor. She earned her M.A. in communications from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
MARK B. ROBSON is a freelance writer and researcher who earned a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. A former professor of English and theater, he and his wife, Leigh Hennessy Robson, split their time between Louisiana and Scotland, where he was born.
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