POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 8:55am
UPDATED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 9:42am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Local book lovers were in for a treat early Saturday as they gathered amid cool weather and clear skies for the ninth annual Louisiana Book Festival, held downtown right outside the State Capital.
“It was simply a beautiful day with great turnout. I really enjoyed chatting with the authors and hearing their stories,” stated Sarah Estrada who attended the event with her 1-year-old son. “The story telling tent was great along with the face painting.”
There was something present for everyone as authors showcased and discussed work from categories including fiction/lit, cultural studies, fantasy, cuisine, history, travel, music, poetry, sports and travel. It especially gave writers a chance to interact with their fans, attract new readers and interact with other authors.
For children’s author Kira Chauvin, it was a way to showcase her work to a very receptive audience.
“Events like the festival are great venues for new authors trying to get their names out there and begin building a positive repertoire with the public. Many great and interesting people attend the LA Book Festival, and it was a blast and an honor to converse with them,” commented Chauvin, who was there showcasing her book "We Found a Squirrel" along with illustrator Lafon Johnson.
“Such an event is also a great way for authors to network and bounce ideas off one another. We are all there to do something we love...sharing our loves of literacy and creative writing with others,” Chauvin continued.
Aside from author exhibitions and signing activities, there was plenty to keep participants interested. The festival particularly catered well to a new generation of readers. The Children’s Activity Tent kept busy with activity, providing arts and crafts along with the Brain Quest Team Challenge, testing participants’ knowledge on a number of categories.
Author John Biguenet was honored as the recipient of the 2012 Louisiana Writer Award. The author’s work has included "The Toturer’s Apprentice and Oyster: A Novel."
Even one of the state’s top elected officials was present. Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne discussed some of his favorite books accompanied by music in the Capital’s senate chamber.
And what would a Louisiana-held event be without some good food and live music? Reading enthusiasts chowed down on jambalaya, funnel cakes and more.
Attendees, meanwhile, had the chance to purchase book titles thanks to the Barnes & Noble Bookselling and signing tent. To view a list of authors who participated at this year’s festival, click here .