Our site will be undergoing maintenance from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 20. During this time, Bookshop, checkout, and other features will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Cookies must be enabled to use this website.

About the Author

Anne Harmon Brett
Profile Image Not Available
Author Info

Anne Harmon Brett is the child of two loving parents who just happened to be leprosy patients. She never heard the words, leper or leprosy, in her home growing up. It was always referred to as The Disease.

Seventeen years ago, Anne's father, Johnny P. Harmon, wrote a memoir about his life at the National Leprosarium in Carville, La. from 1935 to 1955. His memoir, King of the Microbes, was written in the stream of consciousness style and was difficult to read. Anne knew that it was a good story that just needed heavy editing. 

Anne is a graduate of LSU's School of Journalism and has utilized her writing skills to take this memoir into a more readable format. This book, THE DISEASE, One Man's Journey Through a Life with Leprosy, is not only a history of the Carville Leprosarium but it is also a love story between two patients that fell in love and married in the most adverse conditions.

Anne and her husband, Dan, live in Vacherie, Louisiana, a small Cajun community along the banks of the Mississippi River. They have one son, David, who lives in New York City. 


The local newspaper, The Vacherie  Enterprise/News Examiner did a story on November 28, 2019.

The Baton Rouge Catholic Diocese Catholic Commentator newspaper did a story on December 6, 2019.

The World Magazine, a National Christian magazine, will be featuring Anne in the January issue. She is also being featured in a podcast during January.

Read more

Book Signing and Reading at the following locations:

February 8, Laura Plantation, Vacherie, La. 11am to 2pm

February 13, Thibodaux Women's Club, 7pm

March 4, People Partners, New Orleans, La. 11am

March 4, Holy Cross Univerity, New Orleans, La 6pm

March 21, Bayou Arts Council, Houma, La 7pm

April 8, Immaculata Catholic Church, Denham Springs, La 10am

April 18, Barnes & Noble, Baton Rouge, La. 12pm

Read more