Hello! I’m a reference librarian at ULM. (Sorry I didn’t make it to your signing at Windows–I had to work that night). When I found out a little over a year ago that I’d gotten the job and thus would be moving here from my home state of SD, one of the first things I did was check the NoveList database for any fiction set in Monroe. There was of course only one, LP&L (Paradise apparently doesn’t quite count as being in Monroe for NoveList purposes), and it was great. What’s more, since moving here I have found that it was not too much exaggerated from reality, plus I still grin like an idiot every time I roll over a street after which you named a character.
So anyway I’m writing now because I’ve seen that other readers send you news stories of strange and eccentric happenings, and there is of course a wealth of these around here. Unfortunately the story of the midget basketball team that hit a Ruston gas station in their van has already gone into the paid archive, but we still have:
*Petty politics, general insanity, and ethics violations plague the search for a new (or old) school superintendent. This all started in May with another story (also now archived) about “a [school] board member, a board employee, a potential candidate for superintendent, and the board’s choice for the superintendent’s search committee liaison [being] seated together in the Coffee Bean restaurant,” purely by chance of course.