New Orleans Book Festival Announces Author Lineup, Readings, Panels, Activities

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Book Festival, presented by New Orleans First Lady Cheryl Landrieu, will feature a dynamic lineup of local, regional and national authors who will be signing and selling their books, including bestselling authors Lorenzo Carcaterra, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Lisa McMann.
         The free two-day event on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015, is an annual celebration of literacy for the entire New Orleans community. It will include a family-friendly evening performance and a full day of programming for book lovers ranging from new readers to literary scholars.
         The festival begins with an interactive performance by Young Audiences on Friday, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Latter Branch Library, 5120 St Charles Ave. The public is encouraged to bring blankets and picnic baskets for an evening of music and dance under the stars. Food trucks will be on site to sell food and beverages.
         The daytime festival, which is on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Big Lake at New Orleans City Park, will feature readings, activities and author signings for the whole family. In addition, the New Orleans Museum of Art will offer festival-goers half price admission for the day. A portion of the book sales will be donated to local schools.
          “The New Orleans Book Festival offers unique opportunities for New Orleanians of all ages to interact with exceptional writers and storytellers and to enjoy an inspiring variety of book-related activities, exhibitions, and demonstrations,” said Cheryl Landrieu.
         The New Orleans Book Festival is sponsored by Barnes & Noble and receives other generous support from Hudson News, City of New Orleans, Chevron, Scholastic, The Howard Hughes Corporation & The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Freeport McMoRan, BFM Corporation, LLC, Kathleen Quirk, Laitram, LLC, and the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.
         Thanks to the festival's collaboration with Scholastic, free books are available from the Scholastic Possible Fund for children who attend the festival. In order to ensure that anyone who wants to attend is able, the Festival is free, including bus transportation from New Orleans Public library branches.
         In addition, students and families can learn more about school enrollment for 2016-2017, pick-up an OneApp application and/ or submit their application on-site with assistance from the EnrollNOLA and Agenda for Children staff.
         The lineup of local, regional and national authors includes: Lorenzo Carcaterra, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sleepers, Gangster, Midnight Angels and The Wolf; Sherrilyn Kenyon, the former #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Hunter series; Lisa McMann, the New York Times bestselling author of the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds, the YA paranormal Wake trilogy, and several other books for kids and teens; former Tulane University President Scott Cowen, author of The Inevitable City: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and 10 Principles of Crisis Leadership and Sybil Morial, author of Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment.
         To promote reading and encourage students to attend the Festival, Landrieu will visit area schools. Barnes & Noble will provide gift cards for students and teachers and Scholastic will also provide each school a Phyllis C. Hunter Classroom Library and teacher handbook.
         The New Orleans Book Festival’s success is due to the range of partners and collaborators who provide programming, support, and coordination, including City Year, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Big Class, City Park, New Orleans Public Library, Young Audiences, Kern Studios & Mardi Gras World, Gambit Weekly, YLC’s One Book One New Orleans, Whole Foods Market, FirstLine Schools, Agenda for Children, LEH Prime Time, Leonard and Louise Riggio, and Nola Baby & Family.

2015 PARTICIPATING AUTHORS
 
• Alys Arden, The Casquette Girls
• Scharmaine Baker, Nola the Nurse Remembers Hurricane Katrina
• Ann Benoit, New Orleans Best Seafood Restaurants
• Jason Berry, The Good Times Rolled: Black New Orleans 1978-1982; photographs by Bernard Hermann
• George Bishop, Jr., A Book of Uncommon Prayer
• Anne Butler, Louisiana Swamps and Marshes: Easy-Access Hikes and Drives
• Lorenzo Carcaterra, The Wolf
• Jean Cassels, The Cajun Nutcracker, Two Bobbies
• Scott Cowen, The Inevitable City: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and 10 Principles of Crisis Leadership
• Kim Cross, What Stands in a Storm
• Cecilia C. Dartez, Jenny Giraffe's Mardi Gras Ride
• Clayton Delery-Edwards, The Up Stairs Lounge Arson
• Nancy Dixon, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature
• Johnette Downing, Louisiana, The Jewel of the Deep South
• Laura Roach Dragon, Hurricane Boy
• Deborah Dykes, Stellarella, Seashells on the Seashore
• Kid Chef Eliana, Cool Kids Cook: Fresh & Fit
• Freddi Williams Evans, Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans
• Cheryl Gerber, New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy
• Pandwe Gibson, the Why series
• Colin Gilmartin, Dream Training
• Deandrea Green, The Who Dat Movers: Jump Team and Skating On A Rainy Day
• Kenny Harrison, Hide And Seek Harry at the Farm . . . at the Playground. . . at the Beach. . . around the house
• Bobbi Hess, Merry the Christmas Witch
• Johnny Iuzzini, Dessert FourPlay
• Sherrilyn Kenyon, The Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter, Were-Hunter, Hellchaser Universe
• Denise W. McConduit, The Boy Who Wouldn't Read
• Lisa McMann, The Unwanteds series, The Vision trilogy, The Wake trilogy
• Alice RheaMitchell, My Mama's Closet
• Sybil Morial, Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment
• Todd Mouton, Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music
• Michael Murphy, Fear Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Voodoo, Vampires, Graveyards & Ghosts of the Crescent City
• Ryan Murphy, What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo and You Wouldn't Like Me Without My Coffee
• Rob Owen, Spy Boy, Cheyenne, 96 Crayons
• David Ray, The Little Mouse Santi
• Stephen Rea, Finn McCool's Football Club
• Zachary Richard, The Legend of L'il Red
• Gary Rivlin, Katrina: After the Flood
• TracieSchaefer, The Greenest Tree
• Annette Sikes, The Adventures of SuperTwinZZuce and Zena: The Bullies Learn a Lesson
• David Spielman, The Katrina Decade
• Whitney Stewart, Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids
• Jas Ward, Love’s Bitter Harvest
• Michael Allen Zell, Run Baby Run
 
         Additional authors will be added.
 
BUS SCHEDULE
 
         Buses will pick up passengers every hour from the below locations from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7.
 
• Akilli Academy
3811 N Galvez St.
New Orleans, LA  70117
 
• Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Dr.
New Orleans, LA  70131
 
• Alvar Library
913 Alvar St.
New Orleans, LA  70117
 
• Children’s Resource Library
913 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70115
 
• Cite Dennis Hubbell Library
725 Pelican Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70114
 
• Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy
2503 Willow St.
New Orleans, LA  70113
 
• East New Orleans Regional Library
5641 Read Blvd.
New Orleans, LA  70127
 
• Esperanza Charter School
4407 S. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70119
 
• Martin Luther King Library
1611 Caffin Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70117
 
• Mid-City Library
3700 Orleans Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70119
 
• Nix Library
1401 S. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70118
 
• Norman Mayer Library
3001 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA  70122
 
• Robert E. Smith Library
6301 Canal Blvd.
New Orleans, LA  70124
 
• Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center
4300 South Broad
New Orleans, LA  70125
 
• Sylvanie Williams College Prep
3127 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
New Orleans, LA  70125
 
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