Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - B


ImageDavid G. Baker
David G. Baker is a professor at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine where he serves as director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine and as attending veterinarian for LSU. Baker has been Mike the Tiger's primary veterinarian since 1996.

Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU, new edition

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ImageLindsey F. Barnes
Lindsey F. Barnes, senior archivist and digital projects manager at the National WWII Museum, earned a master's degree in library and information science at Louisiana State University.

Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II

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ImageTad Bartlett
Tad Bartlett's essays and photography have appeared on the Oxford American website, in the Selma Times-Journal and the Mobile Press-Register. His poetry is forthcoming in the Double Dealer Redux. Tad's short fiction received an honorable mention in the February 2013 Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers. His work has also been a finalist in the short story, poetry and essay categories of the annual William Faulkner-William Wisdom writing competition.


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ImageJack B. Bedell
Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature, a nationally-recognized literary journal, and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems, Call & Response, Come Rain, Come Shine, What Passes for Love and At the Bonehouse, all published by Texas Review Press. His recent work appears in the Southern Review, Hudson Review, Connecticut Review, Paterson Literary Review, Texas Review, Southern Quarterly, and other journals.

Bone Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems

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ImageCarl Bennett
Carl Bennett is the director of the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission, which is responsible for maintaining the state's official livestock brand registry and oversees criminal investigation of livestock theft. Bennett first came to the commission in 2008. Prior to his appointment as director, the former U.S. Marine was a Louisiana state trooper for 28 years. He also served as a felony investigator for the district attorney of the 22nd Judicial District.

Livestock Brands and Marks: An Unexpected Bayou Country History

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ImageShane K. Bernard
Shane K. Bernard, a New Iberia native, is historian and curator of McIlhenny Company, the producer of TABASCO® brand pepper sauce, and Avery Island, Inc. He is the author of Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues, The Cajuns: Americanization of a People, TABASCO®: An Illustrated History and Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History.

Les Cadiens et leurs ancêtres acadiens l'histoire racontée aux jeunes

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ImageMichael P. Bibler
Michael P. Bibler is associate professor of Southern studies at LSU. He earned his doctorate at Tulane University and has also taught American literature in England. He is author of Cotton's Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation and coeditor of the essay collection Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South and Arna Bontemps's 1939 novel Drums at Dusk.

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the South

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ImageGeorge Bishop, Jr.
George Bishop Jr., author of Letter to My Daughter and The Night of the Comet grew up in Baton Rouge and Jackson, La. He earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he won the Award of Excellence for a collection of stories. He has lived and taught in Slovakia, Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, India and Japan. He now lives in New Orleans.

Night of the Comet

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ImageDarrell Bourque
Darrell Bourque is the author of In Ordinary Light, New and Selected Poems (2010) and Megan's Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie (2013). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate in 2007-08 and from 2009-11. He is on the boards of the Ernest J. Gaines Center and Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective and is a founding member of Narrative4 of Chicago. He lives in rural St. Landry Parish with his wife Karen, a glass artist.

Megan's Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie

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ImageBrock Boutte
Brock Boutte is a first-time author. With a background in marketing, he manages the Art by Christy Gallery, a successful enterprise that showcases his oil paintings and prints by his wife, Christy Works-Boutte. He is also the proud father of Bryce, to whom the book Gris-Gris and the Cypress Tree is dedicated.

Gris Gris and the Cypress Tree

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ImageChristy Boutte
Christy Works-Boutte is a renowned deaf artist who has captured the essence of Louisiana through paintings that reflect the heritage, customs and flavor of her state. For more than a decade, she has been the featured poster artist at Louisiana festivals such as the Gretna Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Crescent City Classic, New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo and Satchmo Summerfest.

Gris Gris and the Cypress Tree

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ImageRick Bragg
Rick Bragg is the bestselling author of All Over but the Shoutin', Somebody Told Me, Ava's Man, and I Am a Soldier Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, The Prince of Frogtown and The Most They Ever Had. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1996 and was the recipient of the 2013 Alabama Artist of the Year Award. He lives in Tuscaloosa where he teaches journalism at the University of Alabama.

Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader

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ImageRobert S. Brantley
Robert S. Brantley is an architectural photographer based in New Orleans. His work has appeared in numerous design magazines and books on New Orleans buildings.

Une Belle Maison: The Lombard Plantation House in New Orlean's Bywater

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ImageHelana Brigman
Helana Brigman is the creator of the blog Clearly Delicious, winner of the 2011 Blogger Chile Recipe Challenge from Marx Foods. A food writer, photographer, and cook, she writes the Fresh Ideas column for The Advocate and her work has appeared in Louisiana Cookin'.

The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round

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ImageJinx Coleman Broussard

Jinx Coleman Broussard teaches media history and public relations and holds the Remal Das and Lachmi Devi Bhatia Memorial Professorship at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. She conducts research on the black press and is the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: Four Pioneering Black Women Journalists.

African American Foreign Correspondents: A History

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ImageAnna Byars
Anna Byars, a Baton Rouge native, is the guitar player and co-songwriter for Married Woman and performs with a handful of other bands, including Polly Pry. Byars credits her rigorous classical music education with her ability to jump genres as projects demand. She also offers private instruction in classical guitar, bass and drums.


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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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