Get Ready For The Livingston Parish Book Festival
Born and raised in the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, playwright, and like many other cajuns, a darn good cook. Always a history buff, Jack found and fell in love with Jane Austen in his twenties, struck by her innate understanding of the human condition. Join Jack for a special presentation as he discusses his unique writing style featuring the works of Jane Austen. As Jack would say, "It takes a real man to write historical romance, so let me tell you a story..."
Local author Season Vining has written poetry since the age of 10. There are multiple hand-written odes to flowers, mermaids, and New Kids on the Block tucked away in her mother's house to prove it. Stories of teenage angst and unrequited love filled random pages of Season's notebooks during her high school years, and eventually inspired her to write her first manuscript. Season found herself wishing for the storylines and characters she dreamed of and one day asked herself, "Why don't you write it?" Join Season and fellow author Lyndsey Duga for a special session detailing their journey from a local writing group to published authors.
Lyndsey Duga developed a deep love for courageous heroes, dastardly villains, and enchanting worlds from the cartoon shows, books, and graphic novels she read as a kid. Drawing inspiration from these fantastical works of fiction, she wrote her first novel in college while getting her bachelor's in Mass Communication from LSU. Lyndsey's passion lies in children's fiction, reading and writing both middle grade and young adult. Lyndsey will hold a special session alongside fellow author Season Vining detailing their journey from a local writing group to published authors.
Considered one of the most popular Baton Rouge-area groups, Livingston Parish native Chase Tyler and his team of talented musicians bring their blend of classic rock, swamp pop, and country music to the Livingston Parish Book Festival outdoor stage.
Labeled the "Punk Rock Patsy Cline," Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue have been at the center of New Orleans' thriving country music scene for years. The group has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Blind Alabama Boys, and countless others. They'll bring their infectious energy to the Livingston Parish Book Festival.
Cuban musician Alexis "Papo" Guevara has developed quite a following through performances in local restaurants, festivals, and more. He'll bring his unique style of latin jazz, salsa, cha-cha-cha, and son cubano to the Livingston Parish Book Festival.
The outdoor performance area is located to the left of the main entrance, close to the front of the building.
11:30 AM • Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
1:00 PM • Chase Tyler Band
2:30 PM • Papo Guevara
After entering through the library's front entrance, the meeting room is located immediately to the left.
11:30 AM • Jack Caldwell - A Guy Writing Jane Austen Flavored Historical Fiction
1:00 PM • Adult Literacy Awards
2:30 PM • Season Vining & Lyndsey Duga - Journey from a Local Writing Group to Becoming Published Authors
The speaker tent is located outside of the library to the right of the library parking lot, near Author Alley and Community Row.
11:30 AM • Ariane O'pry Trammell
12:15 PM • Cindy Ray
1:00 PM • Laura Ewald
1:45 PM • Dixie Poché
2:30 PM • Sarah Colombo
3:15 PM • Wendy Woods & Sherry Martin
Stop by our Author Alley and visit with local authors of all genres. You'll get the chance to browse and purchase some of the latest literature to come out of Livingston Parish and southeast Louisiana. Nearby, Cavalier House Books will have many new and popular titles for sale.
All attendees will receive a free book. Stop by the Welcome Area inside the library to pick up your gift!
Enjoy free jambalaya sponsored by Friends of the Livingston Library Systems (FOLLS) and free lemonade and sweet tea provided by Raising Cane's.
Have you ever seen a refrigerator-sized bubble? You will! Interactive giant bubble-making is an irresistible delight for everyone. Join us for giant bubbles and giant laughs. All ages can make bubbles with us!
Check out our Maker Tent where local creators will share technology and handcrafts. See what the people of Livingston Parish can make and sample some of the library’s technology. All ages can make crafts to celebrate the festival’s flair.
Friends of the Livingston Library System (FOLLS) will host a book sale at the book festival. Stop by and see what's available.
Match your mettle against other players by playing computer games or competing on one of the newest gaming consoles. We'll even have a tabletop games available to play with friends.
No festival would be complete without Bouncy Castles and Face Painting. Run and bounce through our inflatable playground, then grab a seat at our face painting table for a bright, colorful design.
In 2013, Livingston Parish Library added 3D printing to its collection of advanced technology services, becoming the first public library in Louisiana to do so. Stop by to see objects print before your eyes and pick up information about how to create your own 3D prints.
Step into another world! Experience the library’s HTC VIVE machine. Stunning graphics, a 110˚ field of view, intuitive controls and HD haptic feedback provide an unparalleled sense of immersion. This experience is not to be missed.
Have the kids come get their wiggles out! Sing, dance, and play at our Baby Zone.
Visit Community Row to meet with local organizations in and around Livingston Parish.