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Maria D'Antoni

Join us for a special in-store event with local author Maria D'Antoni as she debuts her book SEVEN BOWLS OF RICE. We'll be celebrating on Wednesday, June 9 at 6pm. Be sure to join us!


Love, faith and rice, core ingredients of Louisiana culture, thicken the gumbo of survival for strikingly handsome LT. WHITNEY LANGLOIS, a south Louisiana French and Castilian Creole. This is a riveting story of survival of the Bataan Death March, three and a half years as a Japanese prisoner of war and three Japanese “hell” ships, two sunk by American bombs. Simultaneously Whitney’s young wife Flo and family fight their own emotional and spiritual demons. They refuse to surrender to the darker forces; they refuse to give up.Based on a true story and filled with romance, reality and a few miracles, this is a story of passion, determination, and grit. It is Americana at its best as it blends cultures. The regional foods of south Louisiana bayou country and the tobacco country of South Carolina enrich the senses of the reader and the backgrounds of the characters. Rice, the staple of prisoners of war is the epicurean glue and a key to survival.

Maria D'Antoni worked for over 40 years as a speech pathologist in, New York, New Orleans, Houston, Boston and Dallas. Over the years she developed a specialty in voice disorders. Now she has found her own voice by writing SEVEN BOWLS OF RICE, a novel telling the harrowing story of her parents experiences during World War II, including the horrors of the Bataan Death March, Japanese POW camps and Hell Ships. During her professional career, Maria took every opportunity she could to write, writing a chapter in an otolaryngology text book, articles for organizational magazines, poems and church related materials. To enhance her writing skills she pursued creative writing classes. In 2002 Maria won the Eudora Welty Award for Excellence in the Short Story at North Lake College and in 2004 she was awarded second place for Literary- Magazine Feature Story by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. Maria and her husband live in the Dallas area. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. They spend much time traveling abroad or visiting their home on Galveston Island, contemplating the waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Maria loves to cook and is often found in one of her kitchens stirring a roux for a Louisiana gumbo or preparing South Carolina Chicken Bog.

Wednesday, June 9th, 6:00PM
Event address: 
5600 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
Seven Bowls of Rice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781735721316
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Maria L. d'Antoni (Bowker) - December 24th, 2020