Joan Waites recently illustrated Monsieur Durand's Grosse Affaire, by Rose Anne St. Romain (Pelican Publishing). According to the publisher's description, "An extravagant man creates a legendary wedding. For one of the wealthiest men in Louisiana's Petit Paris, a regular affaire wasn't enough for his daughters' double wedding. Based on a true story from 1800s St. Martinville, this tale reveals how one creative man used gold dust and one million spiders to stage an event still talked about more than 100 years later."
An anonymous reviewer on the Barnes & Noble website says this is an “excellent storytelling of the fabulous Monsieur Durand's elaborate plans for his daughters' double wedding!” The writer says Gerome Charles Durand, Sr. was “my great, great, great grandfather!...I love that this story is actually real and historic, but almost a fairytale in nature. The colorful illustrations are a perfect complement to the story.”