Ernest J. Gaines talks about his life and his writing:




Brister, Rose Anne, and Ernest J. Gaines. “The Last Regionalist? An Interview with Ernest J. Gaines.” Callaloo, vol. 26, no. 3, 2003, pp. 549–564.  JSTOR,

Brown, Anne Gray. “The Scribe of River Lake Plantation: A Conversation with Ernest J. Gaines.” Southern Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 1, 2006, pp. 9–31.

Doyle, Mary Ellen, and Ernest J. Gaines. “A MELUS Interview: Ernest J. Gaines. ‘Other Things to Write about.’” MELUS, vol. 11, no. 2, 1984, pp. 59–81. JSTOR,

“Going Home.” Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives, by R. Reese Fuller, University Press of Mississippi, 2011, pp. 126–139. JSTOR, (Also available in Project MUSE, and online at

Gaines, Ernest J. Ernest J. Gaines: Conversations. Edited by Marcia G Gaudet, University Press of Mississippi, 2019.

Gaines, Ernest J, and John Lowe. Conversations with Ernest Gaines. University Press of Mississippi, 1995.

Gaines, Ernest J, et al. Porch Talk with Ernest Gaines: Conversations on the Writer’s Craft. Louisiana State University Press, 1990.

Gaines, Ernest J., et al. “An Interview with Ernest J. Gaines.” The Missouri Review, vol. 22 no. 1, 1999, p. 95-111. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/mis.1999.0014.

Gaudet, Marcia, and Darrell Bourque. “The Influence of Multi-Art Forms on the Fiction of Ernest J Gaines: An Interview with Ernest Gaines.” Interdisciplinary Humanities, vol. 20, no. 1, 2003, pp. 76–92.

Lepschy, Wolfgang, and Ernest J. Gaines.“ A MELUS Interview: Ernest J. Gaines.” MELUS, vol. 24, no. 1, 1999, pp. 197–208. JSTOR,

Rowell, Charles H. “‘This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me’: An Interview with Ernest J. Gaines.” Callaloo, no. 3, 2007, pp. 39–51. JSTOR,