J.C. Sasser



J.C. Sasser started her professional career at age 12, working as a dishwasher, waitress, and cook at a truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. She has worked as an envelope licker, tortoise tagger, lifeguard, Senate page, model, editor, water-polo coach, marine biologist, horticulturalist, software consultant, and Six Sigma Black Belt. Her debut novel, Gradle Bird, won the 2018 Southern Book Prize and the Benjamin Franklin silver medal award. Sasser lives in a barn on Edisto Island, South Carolina. 

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Ms. Sasser’s appearance at the festival is made possible in part by funding from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.


1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Chamber
Book Talk
The Fighter

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Book Talk
The Power of Two

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing



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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