Kathy Z. Price


Kathy Z. Price is an author, poet, and musician. Her latest book, Mardi Gras Almost Didn’t Come This Year, received starred reviews from Horn Books, ALA Booklist, and Publisher's Weekly. An earlier book received favorable reviews in the New York Times and was a National Council of Teachers of English Notable Book winner. Tri-Quarterly Review, Bayou Magazine, Cincinnati Review, and Pleiades have featured her work. She's a New York Foundation of the Arts award recipient, and a MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Edward Albee, and Cave Canem Fellow.



12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
In Front of the State Library, Children’s Author Tent 2
Book Talk
Mardi Gras Almost Didn’t Come This Year

1:00 p.m. to 1:45 pm
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

Mardi Gras Almost Didn't Come This Year

In this gorgeous and lyrical picture book, a family finds hope and healing in a Mardi Gras celebration after Hurricane Katrina changed their world.

That zany beat in our feet is ‘cause of Pop-Pop, our pa. He sure loved himself some Mardi Gras! “It’s Mardi Gras weather!” he’d shout out whenever, blaring his horn, tilting it high. Mamma’d laugh ‘til she cried. Hands on hips, she’d sashay barefoot, fancy-dancy of the ball.

But Pop-Pop hasn’t played his horn, not since the storm.

This vibrant and moving story shows a family struggling to rebuild their home and their spirits following Hurricane Katrina. A young brother and sister aren’t sure how their displaced family can move on until one very special Mardi Gras gives them and their parents new hope and belief in a beautiful future.


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