John Barry – author, historian and activist – will be speaking to the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday, Aug. 19. Barry, whose books include “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America,” is a member of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority and the point man for the lawsuit against 100 oil companies for damaging Louisiana’s coast. Press Club meets on Mondays at De La Ronde Hall, which is located at 320 Third St. in downtown Baton Rouge. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.