Ernest Gaines, celebrated African-American author, was featured at the
Ferguson-Clark Author Lecture held Thursday, October 17, 2002. Mr. Gaines
wrote several fiction books including The Autobiography of Miss Jane
Pittman, A Long Day in November, In My Father's House,
and A Gathering of Old Men. His latest novel, A Lesson Before
Dying won the 1993 National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated
for a Pulitzer Prize. He has also been awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant,
for writings of "rare historical resonance."
Mr. Gaines brought tremendous insight, energy and passion to his lecture. It
was a celebration of life and learning having him in Waco and on the Baylor
For more information about Mr. Gaines and his works, check out his
website at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.