Jesmyn Ward (pictured), author of Sing, Unburied, Sing and winner of the 2011 National Book Award for fiction, is among writers reading or talking on panels at the New Orleans Book Festival. There also are many children's book authors, as well as historians, mystery writers and others. The festival includes kids' activities, food vendors, a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks at 7 p.m. Free admission. Children attending the event receive free books. Free transportation to the festival is available. Visit the festival website for information.