Louisiana Book Festival

This annual event celebrates the love of books as well as authors from Louisiana and all over the world that are inspired by Louisiana.

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Louisiana Book Festival book cover wall at the State Library

Louisiana Book Festival book cover wall at the State Library in Baton Rouge.

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, the festival will feature more than 235 authors, scholars, poets, and panelists; more than 125 programs; and just over 100 exhibitors 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. Get your holiday shopping started with dozens of exhibitors! And—since this is a Louisiana festival after all—there will be delicious food and live music all day long. 

Each year, the Louisiana Writer Award recognizes an author for their outstanding contributions to Louisiana’s literary and intellectual life. This year’s recipient is Tulane University geographer Richard Campanella.

The Louisiana Book Festival is taking place in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 4 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.