Programs by Genre - Nonfiction

9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 1
Gone Shrimping: The Plight of the Louisiana Shrimp Industry
Carl Brasseaux and Donald W. Davis, Asian-Cajun Fusion: Shrimp from the Bay to the Bayou
Emma X. Lirette, Last Stand of the Louisiana Shrimpers
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Capitol Park Museum, First Floor Auditorium
We Are the Stories We Tell: Celebrating 10 Years of Narrative 4
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the global nonprofit Narrative 4 (N4), join world-renowned writers Darrell Bourque, Ru Freeman, Colum McCann, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, and Elliott Woods in conversation about the transformative power of stories moderated by Director of Communications Felice Belle. We’ll explore how stories transcend borders, remind us of our shared humanity, and build connection in a divided world.
11:15 a.m. to Noon
Capitol Park Museum, First Floor Auditorium
Together: An Inspiring Response to the “Separate-But-Equal” Supreme Court Decision that Divided America
(Ages 12 and up)
Amy Nathan and Ayo Scott with Phoebe Ferguson and Keith Plessy
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 1
They Called Us River Rats: The Last Batture Settlement of New Orleans
Macon Fry
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 2
I Want Magic: Essays on New Orleans, the South, and Race
C.W. Cannon with Jed Horne
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 3
The Jim Brown Reader: Writing and Publishig a Memoir
Jim Brown
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Bookstour: A Documentary and Discussion
Over the past three years, Mason Engel has amassed terabytes of footage in the world of indie bookstores. The result is a 30-minute narrative documentary, The Bookstour. Join Engel and bookstore owners Michelle Cavalier (Cavalier House Books), DJ Johnson (Baldwin & Co.), and Peter Webb (Faulkner House Books) for a screening of the documentary and a discussion of the importance of independent bookstores.

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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