POSTED: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 5:04am
Louisiana — Jay Dardenne is reminding book lovers throughout the south that the Louisiana Book Festival is returning to downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Festival-goers of all ages will celebrate books with more than 125 authors and panelists who will present and discuss their latest works. The festival is free and open to the public and takes place at the State Library of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Museum, the Louisiana State Capitol and its grounds.
"Each festival ignites a spirit of literacy and learning," Lt. Governor Dardenne said. I encourage every Louisianian to attend and get to know a few accomplished authors and enjoy Louisiana’s famous festival atmosphere."
After a one-year hiatus, the Book Festival returned in 2011 and attracted nearly 16,500 visitors.
Volunteers are essential to the festival’s success. Whether it is escorting the festival’s authors, serving as room monitors in the Capitol during panel discussions or working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion, volunteers are needed. Those interested in volunteering can find more information about the festival as well as volunteer opportunities by visiting www.LouisianaBookFestival.org/Volunteers .
Leading up to the festival, profiles of many of the 125 participating authors will be posted on the Louisiana Book Festival website and Facebook page. Currently the state library is highlighting author of Louisiana Saturday Night Alex V. Cook. For more information about the 2012 Book Festival and to view author profiles, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org  or www.facebook.com/LABookFestival .