Dalt Wonk



Dalt Wonk is a writer of plays, poems, and fiction. His plays have been produced in New York, London, Munich, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and New Orleans. He has collaborated with rhythm and blues musician Charles Neville and jazz composers Alvin Batiste and Julius Hemphill (of the World Saxophone Quartet). As a freelance journalist, Wonk wrote numerous feature stories for New Orleans publications and served as drama critic for ten years at Gambit and WWNO radio.




3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor Capitol View Room
The Laughing Lady

4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Laughing Lady

The Laughing Lady is a fantasy adventure for children age 6-12 years old.

Florence lives in the French Quarter. Her dearest friend is her pet — a wise-cracking bird named Signor Cockatoo. The dreadful Laughing Lady kidnaps Signor Cockatoo and takes him into the spooky Fun House where she lives. Why? Does it have something to do with Boss Bones, the skeleton she’s going to marry?

Florence follows the Laughing Lady into the Fun House. Wild, scary, but always fun! Can Florence save her pet?

The Laughing Lady is brimming with full-color illustrations and features original music written and recorded in New Orleans.


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