Louisiana Book Festival

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS! What could be better?

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I am very honored to take part in the 11th Annual Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge this Saturday, November 1st from 10am to 5pm at the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, the Capitol Park Museum and nearby locations.

This will also be my last lecture of the year – number 15. So out of 44 weeks so far, I’ve had basically one every 3 weeks. This will also be my last panel of the year (No. 5). It’s quite possible that after everything, I will remain mute for the rest of the year.

It’s going to be a crazy day. I asked for afternoon spots so I could photograph All Saints Day in the morning, and then race to Freret Market to help my friend Glenn set up, who has generously agreed to man by booth by himself for the day. Then off to Baton Rouge (with a quick stop at Trader Joes to pick up some black licorice and oatmeal)!

My schedule is as follows:

From 1pm to 2pm I will be in House Committee Room 2 on a panel discussing the 25th Anniversary of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, moderated by David Johnson. I will talk about my past two articles, on Prohibition and the Mascot, and about my upcoming article, on the Evening Star.

From 2:15 to 3pm I have a book signing (not sure where).

From 3:30pm to 4pm I will be in Senate Committee Room A delivering a lecture on my book Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names. This will actually be taped for Book TV! Let’s hope I keep the Freudian slips to a minimum.

From 4:15 to 5pm I will have another book signing (not sure where).

Lots of hustle and bustle but I hope I get a chance to see some of the other lectures and go to a few of the signings. As it has been of late, I will probably figure out my book festival schedule at the last minute because there are authors I definitely want to meet.

The good news is Trixie will be there with her husband Dave, who just wrote a children’s book called The Little Mouse Santi. I can’t wait to get my copy autographed!

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