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“In the end only one thing really matters. The dead should count on resting peacefully. Everyone deserves a comfortable grave.” In Comfortable Graves we meet two lifelong friends, Clarence and Andre. Growing up in New Orleans, the boys have always had each other’s backs. Andre helps Clarence get through middle school, high school, and college by writing his papers and doing his math homework. In return, Clarence, a good-natured, blue-eyed Creole, protects Andre from bullies in school. As adults, Clarence and Andre find themselves in Poplar Grove, a small Mississippi town with a big problem: It’s a town with terrible secrets, shocking scandals, and corruption at all levels. With Andre’s intelligence and legal background and Clarence’s generous heart and charisma, the men make a dynamic team, attempting to overcome unimaginable bigotry in an attempt to right old wrongs. Set against a backdrop of larger-than-life characters, sexual perversion, greed, murder, and political corruption, Comfortable Graves is the story of friendship, love and the pursuit of justice. The end result of their efforts may not be what you expect. 

Roy LeBlanc is the author of The Creole Son and Someplace Better. He grew up in New Orleans and now lives in Daphne, Alabama, with his wife and children.


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Nall (born 1948 Fred Nall Hollis in Troy, Alabama, USA) earned his degree in art, political science and psychology from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and studied four years at the prestigious Ecole Nationale de Beaux Arts in Paris. He has exhibited his work throughout the U.S. as well as in shows abroad in Gstaad, Switzerland, the National Natural History Museum in Paris, France, National Palace of Guadalajara, and Pemex Tower in Mexico City. His participation in international porcelain fairs includes the Caroussel du Louvre in Paris; Stuttgart, Germany; the Château do Bagatelle in Neuilly; at Podium boutique in Moscow, Russia; and in New York's Arts and Crafts Museum and "Murano Memories" group show. His signature dinnerware porcelain has been produced by Havelind and Parlon, Royal Limoges, The Tunisian Porcelain Company, and Monaco Porcelain Company. He has had four postage stamps produced by the Principality of Monaco. Nall has created commissioned works, permanent and non, for specific spaces, exhibitions and figureheads including the National Arts Club, New York, NY; Cathedral of Saint-Paul de Vence; His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; The Tuscany Council for Culture; Puccini Festival Foundation; Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida; Monaco Artist in Resident 2013-2014,; Pisa International Airport, Italy; St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, Italy; and St. Augustine Museum. Nall designed the sets and costumes for the Puccini Operas “Girl of the Golden West” and “le Rondine”. His monumental “Peace Frame” is permanently installed as the doorway to Pietrasanta, Italy and Monaco. His monumental “Violata Pax Dove” is permanently installed at Troy University, Alabama and Miami Dade College. His latest monumental sculpture “Japanese Magnolia” is permanently installed in Monaco. Many international museums including the Boston Museum of Fine art and the Bibliotec Nationale Paris, have his etchings in their permanent collections.  He has been awarded the Mary Ellen LoPresti ARLIS/Southeast Publishing Award for "Best Art Book" for his creation of “Alabama Art” (Black Belt Press) and has been instrumental in promoting other Alabama Artists by curating their works into the RSA Hotels in Alabama.  He was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Troy University, Montgomery, Alabama; and Alabama's Distinguished Artist of the Year award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Numerous hardcover books have been published on his work, ‘Technique and Symbol’ by Alain Renner, “Alchemy ‘ by Hugues de la Touche, and ‘Violata Pax’, by Vittorrio Scarbi.   Nall lives and works in Fairhope, Alabama, USA. 

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