Grab your cheese dip.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s One Book, One Community project’s selection is John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces,” a love letter to New Orleans that contains a famously sharp line about Baton Rouge.

One Book, One Community kicks off Saturday with a New Orleans-style street party in Town Square, downtown Baton Rouge, featuring music, Lucky Dogs and Mardi Gras Indians.

Other events throughout the spring include book discussions, crochet-alongs to make Ignatius’ hunting hat, book clubs and movie screenings. Learn more at

“Confederacy” was published by the LSU Press 35 years ago, and Director MaryKatherine Callaway will talk about the book’s publication at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

EBRPL is making hundreds of copies of the book available at all library branches and as e-books and audiobooks available through OverDrive.

Previous One Book, One Community selections include “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Fahrenheit 451” and “A Lesson Before Dying.”