Saturday, October 24, 2015

Louisiana Book Festival 2015 Oct.31st

The where and when: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Everything is centered 

around the Louisiana State Library, but author talks and workshops are mostly within the Louisiana State Capitol. Tents will take over the Capitol lawn, too. 
Tickets: The event is free and open to the public.

A book lover doesn’t need much: peace and quiet … directions to the nearest library … artfully-wrought adjectives, articles, and nouns to devour. But when it comes to the cherry topping on a book lover’s life, you can’t beat the Louisiana Book Festival on October 31, 2015.
"Louisiana is my favorite place on the planet and we hold our own against any other place in regards to literature," said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. For twelve years now, the Book Festival has descended on the state Capitol for a day of presentations by local and national bestselling writers, panel discussions, activities for children and teens, cooking demos, writing workshops, live music (including family musical entertainer Rick Kelley, Michael Foster Project, Acadien Cajun Band, Henry Gray, Michael Juan Munez, and the Bills) and food.
This year’s festival begins with its presentation of the Louisiana Writer Award to New Orleans’ Tom Piazza, author of ten works, including City of Refuge, which won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and Why New Orleans Matters. Newly announced Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley will be on hand. Other highlights include a discussion of this year’s “One Book, One Festival” selection, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, led by Professor of Southern Literature Gary Richards; new books by Cokie Roberts and Rick Bragg; a presentation by T. Geronimo Johnson, whose Welcome to Braggsville just landed on the longlist for the National Book Award and for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction; an appearance by legend Billy Cannon, profiled in this year’s Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run by Charles deGravelles; and writer-heavy panels from LSU Press and The Southern Review, both celebrating eightieth anniversaries this year, as well as the LSU MFA in Creative Writing program, with thirty candles on the cake.
The festival has seen considerable growth with each passing year. "I believe the Louisiana Book Festival adds value not just to our state and Baton Rouge, but to the nation and beyond," said Hamilton. "Everyone loves our boudin and sugarcane and seafood and music festivals, but this is an opportunity for us to celebrate with the world at large, the literary aspect of our culture, and our Cultural Economy, of which all Louisianans should be aware and proud, as well as our other cultural aspects—food, music, art, architecture, history, photography, history, and so forth—through books."
Reading glasses and bookstraps at the ready—perhaps a flask tucked into your tweed jacket too, if you’re really feeling literary—this Halloween; just say you’re going as a bookworm.

With such a wide variety of entertainment planned, a visit to will help tailor your festival experience. 10 am–5 pm on the State Capitol grounds.

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