If you think ghouls and witches are the only ones looking forward to the last weekend of October, you’ll be surprised that bibliophiles are also planning to party!
We often say Louisiana celebrates absolutely everything with a festival, and we certainly don’t forget to fête the state’s storied literary history and thriving writing culture. Whether you're young or old, can't get enough of poetry or love to cook up some great Louisiana dishes, The Louisiana Book Festival has something for every book lover. This world-class literary celebration event is free, open to the public and is the largest book festival in the state.
This year, more than 220 authors, panelists, and other participants and more than 150 programs will be taking place throughout the day in the area near the State Capitol, State Library, and Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge. This is your chance to meet exceptional writers while enjoying book-related activities and presentations. And—since this is a Louisiana festival after all—there will be delicious food and live music all day long, culminating with a performance by Louisiana favorite Zachary Richard.
Get your holiday shopping started with the dozens of exhibitors. One on my list is “Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh,” that will be launched at the festival. This adorable, Louisiana-themed children’s book was commissioned by the Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans Pelicans and two copies will be donated to each library throughout Louisiana and proceeds will benefit wetlands education. Programs for children will take place throughout the day in the Young Readers’ Pavilion, including Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards reading “Petit Pierre” at 12:30 p.m. in the Children’s Author Tent.
Louisiana Lieutenat Governor Billy Nungesser will award New Orleanian Christina Vella with the 2016 Louisiana Writer Award, an annual honor recognizing outstanding contributions to Louisiana’s literary and intellectual life.
The Louisiana Book Festival is taking place in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come turn some pages with us!
And while you’re in downtown Baton Rouge—check out the Louisiana State Capitol Building to see the festival from 27 stories up and visit the Capitol Park Museum to explore more of the history and culture of the most vibrant state in America.