David Eugene Ray



David Eugene Ray is the author of The Little Mouse Santi, named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Books of 2015. Dave was born in Shreveport and spent years rambling the world with the United States Navy and playing Ultimate Frisbee. In 2003, he settled in New Orleans with his family, earned a bachelor of arts in history from Tulane University, and now works in education at the Audubon Nature Institute.



10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Author Tent 1
A Little Mouse at Confetti Park

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
B&N Jr. Tent
Book Signing


The Little Mouse Santi

A Kirkus Reviews' Best Indie Book of 2015

Meet the little mouse Santi—he may be small, but he has a big dream! This beautifully illustrated story explores one of the most important aspects of a child’s life, the search for identity. Santi wants to be a cat, and even though all the other mice laugh at him, he follows his dream. This timeless story ends with a whimsical twist as Santi learns a valuable lesson about self-determination while also learning he is not the only dreamer!


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