Book it: Saturday festival celebrates local authors

by Walter Pierce

The festival is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Writers' Guild of Acadiana. About 45 authors are scheduled to attend the Acadiana Book Festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St. in downtown Lafayette. The festival is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Writers' Guild of Acadiana.

Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque will speak along with poet Ava Leavell Haymon, plus there be will presentations by mystery authors, novelists, cookbook creators and children's book authors. Christee Gabour Atwood, a motivational speaker, radio personality and author, will present a one-woman show in connection with her book release, In Celebration of Elastic Waistbands. In addition, most of the children's book authors participating in the festival will read their books in a storytime setting at the Children's Museum of Acadiana at 201 E. Congress St., also in downtown Lafayette.

After each panel, authors will be available to sign copies of their books, making this a perfect opportunity for early holiday shopping. Barnes & Noble will be on hand selling books.

Authors include: Christa Allan, Patricia Veazey Alvarado, Tom Aswell, Christee Gabour Atwood, Marcelle Bienvenu, George Bishop, Jim Booksh, Darrell Bourque, Jude Bradley, Carl Brasseaux, Anne Butler, Morena Johnson Caleb, Henry Cancienne, David Cheramie, Cheré Dastugue Coen, Barbara Colley, Sheila Hebert Collins, Donald W. Davis, Mark F. DeWitt, Ann B. Dobie, Terri Hoover Dunham, Woody Falgout, John Francois, Mary Gehman, Ron Gomez, D.B. Grady, Greg Guirard, Ava Leavell Haymon, Brandon Hebert, Jackie Hirschberg, Carla Hostetter, Pam Kaster, Sudie Landry, Mary Langford, Patrice Melnick, John Morella, Erin Osborne, Todd-Michael St. Pierre, Jeanette Poole, Rose Anne St. Romain, Carolyn Shelton, Theresa Newport Singleton, Don Stanford, Carey Weeks, Cyril Vetter and Beverly Vidrine and many more.

LSU Press, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press and Margaret Media Press will participate as well as several self-published authors, literary organizations and authors with small presses.

For more information, email Cheré Coen at [email protected]anabooknews.com or call (337) 984-0754.