A special book talk with co-authors of Fragile Grounds: Louisiana’s Endangered Cemeteries, Jessica H. Schexnayder and Mary H. Manhein, will take place at Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales on Tuesday, October 15, at 6:00 PM. Fragile Grounds compiles stories and photographs of endangered cemeteries throughout Louisiana’s coastal zone and beyond, and highlights the state’s vibrant diversity by showing its unique burial customs and traditions, while also identifying the urgent need for ongoing documentation of cultural elements at risk.Jessica H. Schexnayder is a Louisiana native and is passionate about documenting the people, history, and culture of south Louisiana. Her writing and photography have been featured by the Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Country Roads, Heart of Louisiana, and Inside New Orleans. Mary H. Manhein is the retired director of the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory at LSU. She is the author of The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist; Trail of Bones: More Cases from the Files of a Forensic Anthropologist; Bone Remains: Cold Cases in Forensic Anthropology; and the mystery novel Floating Souls: The Canal Murders.Following the presentation, there will be a reception and book signing. For more information or to register, call 647-3955.