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Summer of Birds: Book to TV (2009)

Louisiana Book Talks



Genre: Speech

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-10-17

Duration: 00:28:31

Subjects: Louisiana Book Festival | Louisiana Public Broadcasting | Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.). Press | Heitman, Danny, 1964- | Audubon, John James, 1785-1851


  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Heitman, Danny Panelist
  • Callaway, MaryKatherine Panelist
  • Melton, Christina Panelist


This “Louisiana Book Talk” from the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge on October 17, 2009, features Beth Courtney of Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) moderating a panel discussion called “From Page to Screen: Translating John James Audubon’s Story from Book to Documentary.” The panelists are: Danny Heitman, the author of “A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House”; MaryKatherine Callaway, the director of LSU Press; and Christina Melton, the producer of the LPB documentary “A Summer of Birds.” They discuss Heitman’s book and its adaptation into an LPB documentary. This show also includes a preview of the documentary.