ANNUAL LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS THIS FALL
The 11th annual Louisiana Book Festival, a celebration of readers, writers and their books, returns Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum and neighboring streetsin downtown Baton Rouge. The festival will feature presentations by local and national bestselling writers, panel discussions, activities for children and teens, live music and food.
The 2013 festival attracted nearly 30,000 attendees. This year’s festival will feature author presentations on Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg; Life after Life by Jill McCorkle; Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow; Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home by James Carville and Mary Matalin; and the children's book Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts.
Other participating authors and poets include Natalie Baszile, Clifton Crais, Sally Asher, Gillian McCain, Legs McNeil, Susan Mustafa, Gary Krist, Ernest Gaines, Ava Leavell Haymon, Michael A. Ross, Laura McNeal, Earl Swift, Darrell Bourque and many others. For a complete list and biographies of the more than 200 authors and participants, visit LouisianaBookFestival.org.
The Book Festival cooking tent includes demonstrations by chefs and cookbook authors such as Daniel Shumski and Anne Byrn.
A variety of writing WordShops are scheduled for the day before the festival, including a fiction writing session led by author Jill McCorkle (Fellowship of Southern Writers) and a teen writing session on experimental writing by author Mark Dunn. Descriptions of all WordShops as well as registration and fee information are available at the festival website.
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