Ashley Pugh


Ashley Pugh is a nurse informaticist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She creates stories that empower both children and their caregivers and believes that strong, healthy communities are built in the home surrounded by books, beauty, and beignets! When Pugh isn’t writing, she is researching digital health literacy and developing equity initiatives for communities across the country. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.




9:30 am to 10:00 am
Children’s Author Tent 3
Alphabet Gumbo
(Ages 4 to 8)

10:15 am to 11:00 am
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


Alphabet Gumbo

Egrets eating crawfish etouffee?! Alligators playing the trumpet?! And who is that mixing up hot pepper sauce? Oh, man! What have we gotten ourselves into here?!

Discover what makes the pelican state special as we travel down to the bayou and whip up a bowl of Alphabet Gumbo! Learn about Louisiana's unique culture while expanding your vocabulary with rhyming words and local phrases. Explore rich traditions that families have enjoyed for generations.

Inspired by beloved family and friends, Alphabet Gumbo is sure to become a literary favorite for both children and adults. Grab a bag of beignets and a cup of hot cocoa. Turn on some jazz and lose yourself in this collection of South Louisiana childhood memories. Laissez les bon temps rouler!


Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

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