NEW ORLEANS BOOK FESTIVAL
In previous years, the festival has appealed mostly to young readers.
Baton Rouge has long had a book festival
worthy of both local and national literary celebrity, and this year, New Orleans boasts a fest with a similarly impressive fleet.
The 5th annual New Orleans Book Festival
, which takes place Nov. 14-15, promises richer finds than it has in the past, with a new City Park venue around Big Lake and books and authors for both adults and children, many that come with national prestige, thanks to a new partnership with Barnes and Noble.
On Saturday in City Park, Wally Lamb kicks off the day at 10:30 a.m. with a reading from his latest novel, We Are Water
, just before James Carville and Mary Matalin take the stage to talk about their 2013 memoir, Love and War
. Also on tap are local favorites Julia Reed, Ian McNulty and Poppy Tooker.
In the New Orleans Museum of Art
's Auditorium, look for Tulane University Professor of English Zachary Lazar, whose newest novel I Pity the Poor Immigrant
has earned him rave reviews from the New York Times
to the New Yorker
, and Michael Pitre, the U.S. Marine and New Orleans novelist who penned Fives and Twenty-Fives
earlier this year who's also stormed the lists of rave reviews around the country. Richard Campanella, Tom Piazza, James Cobb and many, many more are on tap to participate in panel discussions, read and discuss their work.
On Friday, the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra
will perform at the New Orleans Public Library
's Latter branch (5120 St. Charles Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the festival there will be live music free book giveaways, games and activities for young readers and appearances by the Cat in the Hat himself, not to mention Curious George, Madeline and others.
The entire festival is free and open to the public, and a free shuttle service will be running from certain public library branches to City Park. Check here
for more information.