Baton Rouge: The Louisiana Book Festival will host two events encouraging festival goers to read the same book for a festival discussion. One Book, One Festival will feature a reader discussion of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces led by Southern literature scholar Gary Richards.
The second festival-wide discussion will be a Louisiana Big Read event, part of the statewide Big Read project, featuring Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. Both discussions will take place at the Louisiana Book Festival on October 27 in downtown Baton Rouge.
One Book One Festival’s discussion of A Confederacy of Dunces will pay equal attention to the artistry of the narrative and the brilliance of the sociological representations. Attention will also be given to the long comic novel form as well as to the effectiveness of individual moments of comedy.
Additional programming related to A Confederacy of Dunces will be featured at the festival: a discussion lead by author Cory McLauchlin about his Toole biography, Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces and a screening of a documentary, JOHN KENNEDY TOOLE: the omega point, presented by producer Joe Sanford.
The Big Read event featuring The Things They Carried is presented by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The festival panel discussion will be moderated by Harry Laver of Southeastern Louisiana University and will include panelists Charles Elliott of Southeastern Louisiana University and Mary McCay of Loyola University.
O’Brien’s critically acclaimed The Things They Carried is a series of related stories about a combat platoon in Vietnam that weave the power of fiction and the honesty of personal account into a seamless expression of war as experience.
For more information on One Book One Festival, The Big Read and the Louisiana Book Festival visit at: http://louisianabookfestival.prod.kfx2.com/index.php?page=home#section1