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THE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL NEEDS YOU: VOLUNTEER TODAY!

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The Louisiana Book Festival needs you! Join in the fun and experience the Louisiana Book Festival from within by volunteering.

Louisiana’s world-class celebration of readers, writers and their books is Sat., Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This nationally recognized literary event is free and will take place in the heart of Baton Rouge at the State Library of Louisiana, Louisiana State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum and in tents on neighboring streets.

Volunteers are essential to the festival’s success. Whether it is escorting the festival’s authors, serving as room monitors in the Capitol during panel discussions and author book talks or working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion, your help is needed.

If you are interested in volunteering and would like more information about the Festival as well as volunteer opportunities, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org and scroll down to the volunteer section.

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The ninth annual Louisiana Book Festival, free and open to the public, is featuring more than 125 authors and panelists discussing their books; the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents will enjoy storytelling performances; and a wide variety of book-related activities, exhibitions and other performances.

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Oct 10, 2012

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WORDSHOPS DAY BEFORE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL

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The tradition continues as the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library hosts four WordShops for Writers on Friday, Oct. 26, the day before the Louisiana Book Festival. Wordshops will take place in downtown Baton Rouge at the State Library and the Capitol Park Museum. This year’s four WordShops will focus on the fiction writing process, writing for young adults, writing about Louisiana and the process of getting published or self-publishing.

The all-day WordShop will feature Robert Olen Butler who will present “After Craft: The Process of Writing Fiction.” It starts at 9 a.m. at the Capitol Park Museum. Butler is the author of Pulitzer Prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.

Three half-day WordShops are also scheduled, one morning session and two afternoon sessions. From 9 a.m. to noon, The New York Times bestselling young adult author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers will teach “Just Write: Here's How!  A Workshop for Writing Young Adult Novels” in the Seminar Center of the State Library. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Capitol View Room of the State Library, authors Cheré Dastugue Coen and Ronald M. Gauthier will present “So You Want to Be Published?” This WordShop takes a look at the challenges and rewards of getting work published.

Also from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., author Ken Wells will present “Selling Louisiana: Think Locally, Publish Nationally” in the Seminar Center of the State Library.

To register for WordShops call Michelle Hobkirk at 225-342-4931 or download the registration form from the “Exhibits & Workshops” section of www.LouisianaBookFestival.org. Registration and payment are due by Oct. 23, $40 for  half-day WordShops and $75 for the full day. Free parking is available.


More about the programs and faculty:

After Craft: The Process of Writing Fiction presented by Robert Olen Butler

This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of the creative process for fiction writers who aspire to create enduring literature.  It will address such issues as what is art; what is distinctive about the way the artist addresses the world, the inner self, and the objects to be created; and what are the essential characteristics of fiction as an art form.  It will also deal with more practical matters including how to pre-plan a novel without sacrificing its spontaneity; how to make use of the intimate relationship between fiction techniques and film techniques; and how to edit and revise without losing touch with the creative unconscious.  Depending on the size of the workshop and the preferences of the workshoppers, there may be a chance to do an in-class coached writing exercise.

Robert Olen Butler, who won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1993 for his short story collection, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, has begun a novel series for Otto Penzler and The Mysterious Press. The first “Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller” is The Hot Country.  The second, The Star of Istanbul, will be published in the fall of 2013.  Butler has written twelve other novels, six collections of stories, and a book on writing fiction.  He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.  He taught for 15 years at McNeese State University in Lake Charles and still thinks of himself as a wandering Louisianan.

Just Write: Here's How!  A Workshop for Writing Young Adult Novels presented by Walter Dean Myers

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Walter Dean Myers presents a program for writers who wish to create works for young adults.  According to Myers, the hardest part of writing is finishing the manuscript you know is going to shake the market and win the awards. This workshop, by a writer who has finished over a hundred and ten books, will tell you exactly how to finish that novel that's been in the drawer, in your closet, or even in the back of your mind!

Walter Dean Myers is a critically acclaimed author of books for young people. His award-winning body of work includes Sunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels, Monster, Somewhere in the Darkness and Harlem. Myers has received two Newbery Honor Awards and five Coretta Scott King Awards. He is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in young adult literature, given by the American Library Association) as well as the first recipient of Kent State University's Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2008, he won the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. He is considered one of the preeminent writers for young people.

So You Want to Be Published? presented by Cheré Dastugue Coen and Ronald M. Gauthier

What does it take to create a successful, publishable book? Writing the book is only half the journey. This workshop will discuss compiling a book proposal that will make agents and editors notice, the pros and cons of self-publishing, the process of e-publishing and creating books such as cookbooks and historical texts to raise money for organizations. We’ll also discuss social media tactics, effective publicity, dealing with unsavory agents or editors and the economic realities of publishing. Attendees will go home with everything they need to know about having their work published.

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Ronald M. Gauthier was a library branch manager in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina forced him to relocate to Atlanta.  In addition to working in the library, he has served as an adult literacy instructor for the prison system in Louisiana and a social services counselor.   He is currently a manager in Gwinnett County Library System in Georgia, a suburban community 25 miles outside of Atlanta.  Mr. Gauthier co-authored Killing Time: an 18-Year Odyssey from Death row to Freedom, a nonfiction title chronicling the odyssey of John Thompson, a man wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death in Louisiana. His book won the Innocence Project Media Award, the Indie Award for Best Fiction, and it was selected by the Chicago Sun Times as one of the best books of 2010.

Mr. Gauthier has short fiction and nonfiction published in the Write Room Literary Journal, Cigale Literary Journal, the Times-Picayune, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Atlanta Voice, Library Journal, the BCALA Journal, and was a finalist in a literary contest at Glimmer Train.  His short story, Modern Black Boy will be published in the March, 2013 issue of the Long Story, and short nonfiction, Appalling Silence, in Witness in the fall of 2012.

Selling Louisiana: Think Locally, Publish Nationally presented by Ken Wells

Ken Wells, a native of Houma but a citizen of the world, has done as well as any Louisiana-born contemporary writer using his home state as a canvas to publish fiction and non-fiction books with national publishing houses including Random House, Knopf Young Adult, Simon & Schuster and Yale University Press. Part One of his presentation is the Louisiana Advantage--how the state's unique place in American history and lore, its cultural traditions, its world renowned food, music and landscapes make it an attractive canvas for publishers seeking authentic voices, characters and stories. He will discuss how to harness these advantages by providing insights into his own publishing breakthroughs. In Part Two, Wells, who for three years served as editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal's book-publishing program, will get into the concrete details of how you pitch and sell your work to national publishers. While the session will primarily focus on the art of writing successful non-fiction book proposals, Wells will also deal with issues of significance to would-be novelists, including the art of networking and finding an agent.

Ken Wells is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and the author of the critically acclaimed Catahoula Bayou Trilogy--Meely LaBauve, Junior's Leg, Logan's Storm--published by Random House. Tom Wolfe praised his fourth novel, a gumbo western called Crawfish Mountain, and his fifth, a young adult novel called Rascal: a Dog and His Boy, was named one of the best books of the year by the Center for Children's Books. All are set in Louisiana. Wells' second non-fiction effort, The Good Pirates of the Forgotten Bayous, is a Katrina action adventure story chronicling the real-life heroics of a band of St. Bernard Parish shrimpers who rode out the storm on their boats and saved hundreds of people from Katrina's surges. It won the prestigious 2009 Harry Chapin Book Award. Wells began his writing career on the Houma Courier newspaper and has since worked for The Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast Portfolio magazine. He lives in New York City and is a now senior writer for Bloomberg News/Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. He is hard at work finishing up his sixth novel, also set in Louisiana.

All faculty for the WordShops will also be participating in the Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, October 27th. 

 


 

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Oct 8 2012

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LT. GOVERNOR JAY DARDENNE ANNOUNCES 2012 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL

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The Louisiana Book Festival is returning to downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Festival-goers of all ages will celebrate books with more than 125 authors and panelists who will present and discuss their latest works. The nationally recognized literary celebration is free and open to the public and will take place in the heart of Baton Rouge at the State Library of Louisiana, Louisiana State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum and in tents on neighboring streets.

“Each festival ignites a spirit of literacy and learning,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said.  I encourage every Louisianan to attend and get to know a few accomplished authors and enjoy Louisiana’s famous festival atmosphere.”

Last year nearly 16,500 visitors from throughout the nation and other countries attended the festival. The festival will again feature presentations by Louisiana and Southern writers as well as national bestselling authors, panel discussions, a Children’s Pavilion, live music and food vendors.

The festival counts on volunteers to help make the event a success. Whether it is escorting the festival’s authors, serving as room monitors in the Capitol during panel discussions or working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion, volunteers are essential. If you are interested in volunteering, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org/Volunteers.html.

Information about the 2012 Book Festival is available online at http://www.LouisianaBookFestival.org or the Louisiana Book Festival Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LABookFestival .

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Oct 2, 2012

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LOUISIANA STUDENTS EXCEL IN NATIONAL WRITING CONTEST

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Two Louisiana students earned national recognition in the 2012 Letters About Literature writing competition. Ella Frantzen of Lafayette was selected as one of the four national honors recipients for Level 1 and Imogen Hoffman of Gretna was chosen as one of 16 finalists for Level 2.

Students are asked to write a personal letter to an author or poet, living or dead, explaining how that writer's work changed the student’s way of thinking about themselves or the world and how the chosen books impacted their life or worldview. Two national winners and four honors recipients are chosen for each of three grade-level categories: Level 1 (grades 4-6), Level 2 (grades 7-8) and Level 3 (grades 9-12).

The competition, which received approximately 70,000 entries, is conducted by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target. It is presented in cooperation with affiliated state centers, including the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana.

Louisiana’s first place winner for Level 1, Frantzen, wrote her winning letter to Fred Gipson, author of Old Yeller. Frantzen’s designated school library, Episcopal School of Acadiana Lower School Library, receives a $1,000 Target grant. Frantzen receives a $50 Target GiftCard in addition to other prizes already earned at the state level. Frantzen’s winning letter may be viewed at www.lettersaboutliterature.org.  

Louisiana’s Level 2 winner, Hoffman, is a student at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, and was chosen as one of 16 for her grade level.  Hoffman wrote to author Avi about the novel, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana presents the Letters About Literature competition each year for Louisiana students. For more information, visit www.state.lib.la.us.

 


 

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July 3, 2012

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AUTHOR AND PLAYWRIGHT JOHN BIGUENET HONORED WITH LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD

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BiguenetPhotocredit-HaroldBaquet_web Multitalented novelist, short story writer, playwright, columnist, translator and essayist John Biguenet has been named recipient of the prestigious Louisiana Writer Award for 2012. He is being honored by the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana for his extraordinary contributions to the state’s literary heritage exemplified by his body of work.

Biguenet will be recognized as the 2012 recipient at an award ceremony at the beginning of the 2012 Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, October 27, 2012, by Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton, during which Biguenet will discuss his writing career.  An additional festival program is planned during which Biguenet will discuss his work in depth.

The Louisiana Writer Award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the literary and intellectual life of Louisiana. Past recipients include novelists James Lee Burke, Ernest J. Gaines, Shirley Ann Grau Elmore Leonard, Tim Gautreaux, Valerie Martin, and James Wilcox; children’s author William Joyce, poets Yusef Komunyakaa and William Jay Smith; historian Carl A. Brasseaux; and scholar Lewis P. Simpson.

John Biguenet has published seven books, including Oyster, a novel, and The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories, released in the U.S. by Ecco/HarperCollins and widely translated.

Biguenet’s work has received an O. Henry Award for short fiction and a Harper's Magazine Writing Award among other distinctions; and his poems, stories, plays and essays have been reprinted or cited in The Best American Mystery Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Best American Short Stories, Best Music Writing, Contemporary Poetry in America, Katrina on Stage and various other anthologies. His work has appeared in such magazines as Granta, Esquire, North American Review, Oxford American, Southern Review, Storie (Rome), Story and Zoetrope.

Named its first guest columnist by The New York Times, Biguenet chronicled in both columns and videos his return to New Orleans after its catastrophic flooding and the efforts to rebuild the city.

Biguenet’s radio play Wundmale, which premiered on Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Germany's largest radio network, was rebroadcast by Österreichischer Rundfunk, the Austrian national radio and television network. Two of his stories have been featured in Selected Shorts at Symphony Space on Broadway, the Long Wharf Theatre, and elsewhere. The Vulgar Soul won the 2004 Southern New Plays Festival and was a featured production in 2005 at Southern Rep Theatre; he and the play were profiled in American Theatre magazine.

Rising Water was the winner of the 2006 National New Play Network Commission Award, a 2006 National Showcase of New Plays selection and a 2007 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the 2007 Big Easy Theatre Award for Best Original Play; it has had numerous productions around the country.  In 2008, Biguenet was named Theatre Person of the Year at the Big Easy Theatre Awards, the region’s major professional theater awards.

Shotgun, the second play in his Rising Water cycle, premiered in 2009 at Southern Rep Theatre, with subsequent productions at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Florida Studio Theatre and elsewhere; it won a 2009 National New Play Network Continued Life of New Plays Fund Award and was a 2009 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Shotgun is published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Biguenet was awarded a Marquette Fellowship for the writing of Night Train, his new play, which he developed on a Studio Attachment at the National Theatre in London and which premiered at New Jersey Rep Theatre in 2011.  Broomstick, currently in development, has had staged readings over the past year at Stages Rep in Houston, the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans and Portland Stage in Maine.

The third play in his Rising Water cycle, Mold, will premiere in 2013 at Southern Rep Theatre.  This ongoing cycle of plays about the flooding of New Orleans has been the subject of articles in American Theatre, The American Scholar and elsewhere.

Biguenet has served twice as president of the American Literary Translators Association and as writer-in-residence at various universities.  He is currently the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.

Please join us at the Louisiana Book Festival on October 27 to honor our 2012 Louisiana Writer Award recipient John Biguenet.  For more information about the festival, see www.louisianabookfestival.org

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June 5, 2012

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STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF OWN THE NIGHT TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

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The State Library of Louisiana is announcing the Louisiana winners of the Own the Night Teen Video Challenge 2012 held by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. The winning video, Fast Food, was created by Courman Winters and Michael Hilburn, teen patrons of the Lafayette Public Library.

The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition aimed at getting teens involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program. Winners were selected from 23 participating states and their videos are recognized as official Own the Night Teen Video Challenge winners. The winning videos will be used to promote summer reading programs in libraries nationwide and each winning video will earn its creators $275 from the CSLP.

“By participating, teens are sending a clear message about the importance of literacy and public libraries,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “These activities allow teens to harness their creative energy and encourages them to promote positive aspects of their community.”

The Teen Video Challenge is an annual competition held by the CSLP. To see the winning videos, visit www.cslpreads.org. For more information about Louisiana summer reading programs and the State Library visit www.state.lib.la.us .


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May 29, 2012

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THE STATE LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM THEME ANNOUNCED

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DreamBigNightime is the theme of the State Library of Louisiana’s 2012 Louisiana Summer Reading Program. Children, teen and adult programs each have a different slogan—the children’s summer reading slogan is Dream Big: READ; the teen slogan is Own the Night and the adult slogan is Between the Covers.

The Summer Reading Program offers a variety of activities to draw families into the library like art projects, creative writing, sports and gaming. These activities encourage them to continue reading throughout the summer, and to cultivate a love of reading in Louisiana’s next generation. Families are encouraged to check with their local public library to learn about specific incentives and programs available in their communities.

OwnTheNightIn 2011, 89,000 people participated in the summer reading program and Louisiana libraries offered 8,500 free programs with more than 253,000 patrons in attendance.  Studies show that youths who read during the summer return to school in the fall at or above their spring reading levels.

BetweenTheCoversThe summer reading programs are part of the Collaborative Summer Library Programs, a national cooperative to encourage reading throughout the summer. Those registered with the State Library’s Talking Books and Braille Library can also participate. For more information on the summer reading program or other State Library programs, visit www.state.lib.la.us.

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May 17, 2012

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RECOGNIZES LIBRARIES’ ROLE IN EARLY LEARNING

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Posted on May 10, 2012 by koconnell

By Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director

At an April 24 briefing at D.C’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, I joined Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Director of the Office of Head Start, in announcing that our offices and ACF’s Office of Child Care would collaborate in an effort to encourage partnerships between federally funded early child care programs and public libraries. Today the agreement between our three offices became official with the issuance of an “Information Memorandum,” ACF’s  instrument for formal communication with the agencies it funds.

As the memorandum states,”Public libraries provide centers for learning in nearly every community in the United States, and it is important for children and families to learn about and recognize public libraries as a valuable resource. Libraries offer rich learning environments for children and their families and caregivers.”

For years, nearly every public library in the country has been delivering children’s programs. By expanding and publicizing this work, the partnership that becomes official today will allow more children and their families to take advantage of the services libraries have to offer and enhance the benefits they receive from ACF programs.

Early learning has been a high priority for IMLS, so I am thrilled to have formed this partnership with our friends at ACF. I urge all public libraries to reach out to the early care providers in their communities and find innovative and effective ways to work together.

 


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