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Jason Taylor and John Cuevas Sign Discovering Cat Island: Photographs and History

Meet author John Cuevas and  photographer Jason Taylor they speak about and sign their informative and visually stunning book of history and photography of Cat Island. The launch celebration of the book at Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeeehouse will be accompanied by complementary wine and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the debut of this important and interesting book. Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman wrote the introduction to the book and has announced his plans to also be in attendance 

Cuevas, Taylor, and Hoseman will speak at 6:00 PM and answer questions.     

Cat Island, just off the Mississippi Gulf Coast shoreline, has been home to some of the most dramatic events and remarkable stories in the nation’s history. While some of these stories are fact, others are colorful fables passed down through the ages with such conviction they have become true in the hearts and minds of many. Between fact and fiction is the undeniable reality: Cat Island is one of the most historically significant landmarks on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Featuring over 160 black-and-white photographs by Jason Taylor and a foreword by Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, John Cuevas’s Discovering Cat Island guides readers through Cat Island with stories and histories of twenty-nine sites—both real and imagined—of the legendary barrier island. Originally owned by the Cuevas family as part of a Spanish land grant to Juan de Cuevas in 1781, Cat Island boasts a colorful history that includes events related to the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte and the outlaw James Copeland, both of whom were thought to have buried their stolen treasure somewhere on the island; the Battle of New Orleans; and the War of 1812. The island served as one of the staging areas for the Seminole forced to abandon their homes and take part in the Trail of Tears. In the twentieth century, the island was a convenient transfer point for gangsters and local bootleggers shipping booze during Prohibition before becoming a US military training camp site during World War II. In 1988, Cat Island became the location of the first oil drilling ever in the Mississippi Sound and in 2010 was one of the islands devastated by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Only books purchased at Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse will be signed at the event.


Event date: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
300 East Scenic Drive
Pass Christian
Pass Christian, MS 39571
Discovering Cat Island: Photographs and History Cover Image
By John Cuevas, Jason Taylor (Photographer), Delbert Hosemann (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781496816078
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University Press of Mississippi - April 16th, 2018

Cat Island: The History of a Mississippi Gulf Coast Barrier Island Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780786463282
Availability: Special Order
Published: McFarland & Company - April 12th, 2011