This year’s Louisiana Book Festival, the 12th annual celebration of the written word, takes place Saturday in and around the State Capitol. The event will bring dozens of authors to sign books and talk to readers. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and takes place at the State Capitol, State Library, Capitol Park Museum and the surrounding grounds.
“The thing that’s said over and over about us is, pound for pound, we’re a better festival … because you can go in the Capitol … sit within a few feet of this famous author, get your book signed, communicate with them, as opposed to being in an auditorium and seeing him with 1,000 other people,” said state librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “There’s an intimate piece that people really love about us. The authors themselves love it. They like communicating with the audience.”
The list of authors includes some nationally known names, such as Rick Bragg (“All Over but the Shoutin’,” “Ava’s Man” and “The Prince of Frogtown”) and Cokie Roberts (“We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters,” “Founding Mothers,” “Ladies of Liberty” and “From This Day Forward”), who regularly show up for the festival.
10 a.m.: House Chamber, Louisiana Writer Award ceremony honoring Tom Piazza
10 a.m. : House Committee Room 4, “The Most Dangerous Animal of All: From Book to Screenplay to Miniseries,” Susan D. Mustafa, Todd Robinson and Gary L. Stewart
10 a.m. : Senate Chamber, “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868,” Cokie Roberts
11 a.m. : Senate Chamber, “Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run,” Billy Cannon and Charles N. deGravelles
11 a.m.: House Committee Room 5, “Louisiana Wild: The Protected and Restored Lands of the Nature Conservancy,” C.C. Lockwood
1 p.m.: House Chamber, “Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog,” James Grissom
2 p.m.: Children’s Authors Tent, “The Legend of Lil’ Red,” Zachary Richard, for ages 5-11
2 p.m.: House Committee Room 6, “The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City” discussion, Jack Davis and David G. Spielman with John H. Lawrence, moderator
2 p.m.: House Chamber, “My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South,” Rick Bragg with Susan Larson, moderator
3 p.m. : “A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook: Recipes from Ignatius J. Reilly’s New Orleans,” Cynthia LeJeune Nobles