BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – Louisiana Poet Laureate Mona Lisa Saloy and jazz-pop singer-songwriter Ricky Lee Jones are among the many authors to be featured over the next three weekends at the Louisiana State Book Festival. Separate Festival of Words based on Acadian will take place on the second of this weekend.
Both festivals online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Book Festival includes more than 40 programs, in which more than 80 authors and speakers will present their books. Fifteen presentations are intended for children, teens and teenagers. The programs can be viewed on the Louisiana Book Festival YouTube channel.…
The Festival of Words includes workshops by its three leading authors – Cajun musician Louis Michaud, artist and poet Malaika Favorit, essayist and poet Amy Nejukumatahil – as well as theater readings of works by these authors.
The Book Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and Friday through Sunday for the next two weekends, November 5-7 and November 12-14. The Word Festival opens on the evening of November 6th and events run all day on November 7th.
The Book Festival is free, as is the Word Reading Festival. A $ 10 donation reserves space for Word Festival workshops.
Saloy and former State Poet Laureate John Warner Smithwill be talking to each other this Saturday during the Louisiana Book Festival. On Sunday, November 7th, Saloy will present eight more Louisiana poets.
Jones, whose 17 albums have earned her two Grammy awards, will speak with State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton on Friday November 5 about her memoir, Texaco’s Last Chance: The Chronicles of an American Troubadour.
Journalist, professor, columnist and political analyst Stephen W. Roberts will talk about his book about his late wife, political reporter and analyst Koki Roberts.… Cokie: A Life Good-Lived describes a personal life dedicated to the glorification and support of other women, as well as her pioneering public career in television journalism.
Other contributing authors include Louisiana 2021 Writer Prize laureate Fatima Shaik, Tommy Greenwald, whose novel Game Changer won the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award; David Armand (The Lord’s Acre), Alisha Long (A Journey to Find the Conspirators), Robert Mann (Behind the Scenes and Byus) and Joshua Prager (The Family Roe Deer).