Lt. Governor Nungesser and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton unveiled the artwork for the 2016 Book Festival and spoke about several of the event highlights at a press conference held this morning at the State Library of Louisiana.
“I am excited about the book festival this year, and I look forward to welcoming all the great authors who have been inspired by our beautiful state as well as those coming out to enjoy the festival,” said Lieutenant Governor Nungesser.
The Louisiana Book Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. located in the area near the State Capitol, State Library, and Capitol Park Museum. There are more than 220 authors, panelists, and other participants and more than 150 programs scheduled for this year. The event is free and open to the public, and it is the largest book festival in the state of Louisiana.
Each year the Louisiana Book Festival commissions a Louisiana artist for the festival’s artwork. For the first time this year, the featured art is a sculpture created by Kelly Guidry, the chainsaw artist of Breaux Bridge.
Guidry created a book angel, which he named “Libby” for libraries and librarians. Guidry realized its wings needed some words to fly so he incorporated Darrell Bourque, poet, in his process. Past Louisiana Writer Award recipient and Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque created “Words, A Poem” a poem which is engraved on Libby’s wings.
The festival will also feature the book launch of “Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh” by Johnette Downing and illustrated by Heather Stanley commissioned by the Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans Pelicans who are donating two copies to every main or branch library in Louisiana and all proceeds from sales going to wetlands education. First Lady Donna Edwards will be reading the book to the children on festival day.
There will also be a special free book from ULL Press, the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts, and the book festival, while supply lasts.
“Every year, we welcome thousands to celebrate not only the written and spoken word but also the culture of our state. The Louisiana artists and authors add so much to our event and guests of all ages will find something to do,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton.
The book festival is also in need of volunteers to help work the event and support the festival; to sign up to volunteer go to www.LouisianaBookFestival.org/volunteer.html.
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