Loyola launching Walker Percy center
Loyola University in New Orleans has created a new center named after a major Louisiana literary figure.

Loyola will launch the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing on Wednesday, March 10.

The university says in a news release that its immediate plans for the center include purchasing a press to publish literary and academic texts, and expanding the Loyola Writing Institute to offer noncredit classes to the community.

Percy, a Covington resident at the time of his death in 1990, was a novelist and essayist whose best-known works include "The Movie Goer" and "The Last Gentleman."