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A Letter from First Lady Cheryl Landrieu

Dear Friends,

I would like to invite you to join book lovers of all ages at the 5th Annual New Orleans Book Festival on Saturday, November 15, 2014. This year, I welcome adults and children to come out and enjoy this free festival featuring live music, food, and fun activities for everyone!

Cheryl Landrieu

I strongly believe in literacy and the power of education, and in the powerful effects that learning can have in bringing people together. This event gives people from all backgrounds the opportunity to get to know one another through the love of books and learning.

The festival offers unique opportunities for adults and children to interact with exceptional writers and storytellers, and to enjoy an inspiring variety of book-related activities, exhibitions, and demonstrations. The food, fun, books, and stories are FREE! I am very excited to see you all there!

Cheryl Landrieu.

New Orleans
Book Festival

Saturday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hear stories read by your favorite authors...

Grab a sweet treat or tasty snack....

Listen to some funky live New Orleans music...

Enter the City Park map contest...

And get FREE Books!

These are but a few of the many fun activities you can enjoy at the New Orleans Book Festival.

Twitter: @NOLAbookfest
Instagram: NOLAbookfest

Bus Schedule

New Orleans Book Festival busses will pick up and drop off at the following library locations every hour between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 15. Please visit the circulation desk at each library with any questions

Algiers Regional Library
3414 Holiday Dr

Cite Dennis Hubbell Library
725 Pelican Ave

Martin Luther King Library
1611 Caffin Ave

Alvar Library
913 Alvar St.

East New Orleans Regional Library
5641 Read Blvd

Norman Mayer Library
3401 Gentilly Blvd

Robert E Smith Library
6341 Canal Blvd

Mid-City Library
3700 Orleans Ave

Nix Library
1401 S. Carrollton Ave

Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center
4300 South Broad

Children’s Resource Library
913 Napoleon Ave

Latter Branch Public Library
5120 St. Charles Ave


Stage 1: Adults Stage
10:45 - Open Remarks: Cheryl Landrieu 11:00 - Presentation/Reading #1: Wally Lamb, We Are Water 12:00 - Presentation/Reading #2: James Carville & Mary Matalin, Love and War 1:00 - Presentation/Reading #3: Bryan Batt, She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother Susan Schulman, Backstage Pass to Broadway 2:00 - Presentation/Reading #4 - Cooking Panel- Southern: Sam Irwin, Louisiana Crawfish Addie K Martin, Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition Ian McNulty Louisiana Rambles Poppy Tooker Louisiana Eats 3:00 - Presentation/Reading #5: Peter Yarrow, Peter Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life 4:00 - Presentation/Reading #6: Lauren Kate, Waterfall Amy Christine Parker, Astray 4:45 - Closing Remarks/Entertainment: Mardi Gras Indians

Stage 2: Kids
11:00 - Presentation/Reading #1: Trombone Shorty 12:00 - Presentation/Reading #2: NOMA StoryQuest 12:30 - Presentation/Reading #3: Grace Millsaps & Ryan Murphy, What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo 1:00 - Presentation/Reading #4: Steve Guttenberg, The Kids from D.I.S.C.O. 2:00 - Presentation/Reading #5: Celebrity Readers - Saints/Pelicans 2:30 - Presentation/Reading #6: Student reading from classroom competition 3:00 - Presentation/Reading #7 4:00 - Presentation/Reading #8: William Joyce, A Bean, a Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack

Stage 3: NOMA Auditorium
11:00 - Panel #1: George Bishop, The Night of the Comet Zachary Lazar, I Pity the Poor Immigrant: A Novel Laura Lane McNeal, Dollbaby 12:00 - Panel #2: Lawrence Powell, The Accidental City Richard Campanella, Bourbon Street: A History Oliver Houck Downstream Toward Home 1:00 - Panel #3: Gary Krist, Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and Battle for Modern New Orleans 2:00 - Panel #4: Russ Kick, The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature: The World's Greatest Kids' Lit as Comics and Visuals 3:00 - Panel #5: M.O. Walsh, My Sunshine Away Amy Conner, The Right Thing Michael Pitre, Fives and Twenty Fives Michael Farris Smith, Rivers 4:00 - Panel #6: Tina Freeman & Morgan Molthrop, Artist Spaces: New Orleans Valorie Hart, House Proud James Wade, Pitot House Bonnie Warren, New Orleans Historic Homes

*Author line-up subject to change

Stage 4: Storytelling Tree 1
10:30 - Reading #1 - Costumed Character: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 11:15 - Reading #2: Ryan Adam, Love and War 12:00 - Reading #3: Cecilia Dartez, L is for Louisiana 12:45 - Reading #4 - Costumed Character: Madeline 1:30 - Reading #5: Brock Boutte & Christy Boutte, Gris-Gris and the Cypress Tree 2:15 - Reading #6 - Costumed Character: Where the Wild Things Are 3:00 - Reading #7: Freddi W Evans, The Battle of New Orleans 3:45 - Reading #8: Cornell Landry, Oh Touro Baby, All the Things You Will See

Stage 5: Storytelling Tree 2
11:00 - Reading #1: Kenny Harrison, Hide and Seek Harry 11:45 - Reading #2: Deandrea Green, The Who Dat Movers: Jump Team 12:30 - Reading #3: Mary Beth Touzet & Rene Hemel, Fleurdelee 1:15 - Reading #4: Jean Cassels, Two Bobbies 2:00 - Reading #5: NOMA STORYQUEST II 2:45 - Reading #6: Denise McConduit, DJ and the Jazz Fest 3:30 - Reading #7: Christine Audler, What Lou Can Do 4:15 - Reading #8 - Costumed Character: The Cat in the Hat

Stage 6: Outdoor Panel Area
11:00 - Time Slot #1: Ann Benoit, New Orleans Best Ethnic Restaurants Suzanne Pfefferle, Vietnamese Cuisine in New Orleans Kit Wohl, New Orleans Classic Creole Recipes Jeff Young, Around the Table with the Catholic Foodie 12:00 - Time Slot #2: James Cobb, Flood of Lies 12:30 - Time Slot #3:
Alan Gauthreaux, Italian Louisiana: History, Heritage & Tradition Laura Kelley, The Irish in New Orleans Stephen Rea, McCool's Football Club 1:30 - Time Slot #4: David Spielman, When Not Performing 2:00 - Time Slot #5: John Kemp, An Artist's Vision of New Orleans 2:30 - Time Slot #6:
Jilly Lagasse & Jessie Lagasse Swanson, Lagasse Girls' Big Flavor, Bold Taste--and No Gluten!: 100 Gluten-Free 3:30 - Time Slot #7: Paul Oswell, New Orleans Historic Hotels 4:00 - Time Slot #8:
Phillip & Riki Collier, Making New Orleans: Products Past & Present Andi Eaton, Orleans Style Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters

*Author line-up subject to change

City Park

This year, the 5th Annual Book Festival will be held at the beautiful Big Lake at City Park. Enjoy the fun activities that the festival has to offer while soaking in your scenic surroundings, including the park’s famous ancient oak trees. We hope that you are looking forward to this new location as much as we are!

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City Park Map Contest

To celebrate our new location, we will be hosting an exciting scavenger hunt for all attendees who wish to participate! Be sure to stop by and grab a map of City Park when you arrive at the festival. Locate the specially marked places on your map to win a prize at the end!

The Great New Orleans Class Book Contest

Have you always dreamed of being an author? Now’s your chance to show what you’ve got. Big Class, a nonprofit organization that promotes the cultivation of young writers of New Orleans, is teaming up with the New Orleans Book Festival to engage classrooms across the city with the opportunity to create a professionally-designed collection of student writing. Teachers around New Orleans are invited to submit a completed book proposal. This proposal should include the following:

  • A cover letter explaining the concept of the students’ book
  • Final drafts of the writing that will make up the book
  • Any additional elements (such as illustrations, supplemental writing, etc.--get creative!)

Proposals must be submitted to The Big Class Studio, 3718 St. Claude Ave. by the end of the day on October 17, 2014. Big Class volunteers will decide on the top 5 proposals by October 20, and First Lady Cheryl Landrieu and the Book Festival Working Group will choose the winner. The winning class will be notified on October 24 and will get to meet with a book designer on October 27 to make their book come to life. The winning class is invited to share their stories with an audience at the New Orleans Book Festival on November 15.

Additionally, the winning book will be sold at the festival with proceeds going to both the school and to the Big Class organization. Each young author from the winning class will receive a $20 gift card to Barnes & Noble, and each young author from the running-up class will be awarded $10 gift cards. Every teacher whose class submits a proposal will receive a gift card for their class library.

...But that’s not all! Teachers, take photos of your students creating their literary works and tag #nolabookfest for a chance to win additional prizes. Good luck, young authors!

Click here for a PDF of The Great New Orleans Class Book Contest instructions.

Win a Barnes & Noble Gift Card!

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Special Guests

Cat in the Hat

TM & copyright © by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 2014
Very Hungry Caterpillar

Art (c) Eric Carle
Curious George

Curious George is a registered trademark of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

MADELINE © Ludwig Bemelmans
Wild Thing

Art copyright © 1963 by Maurice Sendak, copyright renewed in 1991 by Maurice Sendak. All rights reserved.
Little Critter

©1999-2013 Mercer Mayer. LITTLE CRITTER, MERCER MAYER'S LITTLE CRITTER, and MERCER MAYER'S LITTLE CRITTER Logo are registered trademarks of Orchard House Licensing Company. All right reserved.