Baton Rouge: The Louisiana Book Festival returns to downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m. The Festival is open to the public, and admission is free. The nationally recognized literary celebration takes 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.
This event offers unique opportunities for book lovers of all ages to interact with Louisiana and Southern writers as well as national bestselling authors, poets and storytellers and enjoy an inspiring variety of book-related activities, exhibitions and demonstrations, a Children’s Pavilion, live music and food vendors.
More than 145 writers, poets and panelists will present reading and book talks or participate in interviews or panel discussions. Most authors will autograph their featured books in the Barnes & Noble Bookselling and Signing Tent about 15 minutes following their featured presentations.
A list of the authors participating in the festival is available online at: http://louisianabookfestival.prod.kfx2.com/authors/and/books/by/genre
Programs for Young Readers:
The Louisiana Book Festival is also offering several programs geared toward young readers. Youth appropriate activities, book talks, ceremonies, readings, storytelling, film screenings and discussions will take place throughout the day.
The festival welcomes Walter Dean Myers who will be attending as National Ambassador for Young People’s literature representing the Library of Congress Center for the Book and the Children’s Book Council. Myers will discuss his work and his message as Ambassador: “Reading Is Not Optional.”
Myers, the first-ever recipient of the ALA Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, will be interviewed appropriately by the award’s current honoree, Louisiana’s Young Adult author John Corey Whaley.
The Festival will feature a children’s activity tent with crafts and face painting all day as well as the Brain Quest tent that will challenge children’s brains and bodies. There they will jump rope and play with beach balls and hula hoops all while answering Brain Quest questions to prove it is fun to be smart. Brain Quest team competitions for families and friends are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also scheduled for children are writing enrichment projects for fourth to ninth graders and a storytelling tent.
Costumed book characters Corduroy and Skippyjon Jones will be at the Festival for photos and visits throughout the Festival.
Screenings of the 2011 Academy Award-winning short animated film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore will be held at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Don’t forget to visit the Louisiana Book Festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LABookFestival
For more information on the festival, visit: http://louisianabookfestival.prod.kfx2.com/